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  1. Are they the same scientists who put money behind the study that those who sleep longer live shorter lives? Or the one’s who said being fat can lead to premature death?

    But in all seriousness, I think the best group of people to see this among is when working with kids (probably even in having kids, too). When I worked the science festival earlier this year, and other things I’ve run with kids previously, you have to accept pretty quickly that not all your courtesy, politeness, or kind words will be reciprocated. You’ll probably look like a loon, but it’s learning curve for them and you just happen to be a part of it. That being said, I’ve always come out of those situations thinking “man, adults just don’t have an excuse”. I’d hate to work in customer service…

    Also hello layout change. When did this happen?

    • AbsentElemental

      The layout change was relatively recent (I mentioned it in one of my other posts…I think it was the one from 20 August, however I’m not positive), so you’re not particularly late to the party. I’ve got quite a bit still to do on it, however I’m happy with it at the moment in spite of the work that still needs done. When you have time to spare, you should read the short story I put up recently.

      I know that McGonigal and Seppala’s work is pretty well recognized in the scientific realm and both Pink and Hsieh are respected heavily on the business side. There’s a good bit of quality research behind it. I’ll have to see if I can find a video or two of theirs to add to this post later.

  2. I am working on this also (from a slightly different perspective, as a Christian). It’s hard…and I think it’s hard because as you said, our culture really frowns upon “kind” as “weakness” nowadays.

    • AbsentElemental

      I don’t think the persepctives are all that different honestly. Kindness, compassion, and altruism aren’t traits that are limited to one kind of person, one religion, or one anything. I’d love to see an increase of people who actually act on these morals, not just tell other people to do so. It’s a lot to work on, but in my mind, it’s worth it.

      • Completely agree that the traits are not limited to one group. But the reasons behind it are if one is from a religious viewpoint and one is not. It’s like looking at the same point on the ground from two different buildings. Same thing, different views.

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