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If you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it

Jeanne Calment died on 4 August 1997 aged 122 years and is the oldest known human to have lived. So what was the secret to her longevity? No doubt it was a combination of factors; She exercised, riding a bicycle until she was 100, ate a lot of chocolate and olives, smoked and considered laughter very… Continue reading If you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it

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‘I’m not a mind reader’: understanding your partner’s thoughts can be both good and bad

Gery Karantzas, Deakin University This article is part of our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we examine empathy, including what it is, whether our doctors need more of it, and when too much may not be a good thing. The notion of mind reading conjures images of psychic powers, crystal balls and other… Continue reading ‘I’m not a mind reader’: understanding your partner’s thoughts can be both good and bad

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Breathe and focus

Keeping focus is essential for some tasks (Santa Barbara, Calif.)—If you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again—and breathe and focus. According to a study by researchers at the UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve reading comprehension, working memory capacity and ability to… Continue reading Breathe and focus

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Children learn empathy growing up, but can we train adults to have more of it?

John Malouff, University of New England This article is part of our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we examine empathy, including what it is, whether our doctors need more of it, and when too much may not be a good thing. “I just get so angry when he says he will call and… Continue reading Children learn empathy growing up, but can we train adults to have more of it?

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Understanding others’ feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?

Pascal Molenberghs, Monash University This is the introductory essay in our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we will examine empathy, including what it is, whether our doctors need more of it, and when too much may not be a good thing. Empathy is the ability to share and understand the emotions of others.… Continue reading Understanding others’ feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?