December 2011

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Global Briefs

Toyland Tips

Not all playthings are created equal. Here’s how to choose greener, safer toys.

Got Faith?

Global religion remains strong, despite repression.

Bully Beaters

Students engaged in cooperative learning are more likely to exhibit pro-social behavior that combats bullying.

Universal Truths

Through Open-University-style lectures, the Chinese are opting to explore contemplative courses on happiness and justice.
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Health Briefs

Massage Beats Meds for Back Pain

A Drug-free Approach

Acupuncture Eases Unexplained Symptoms

A Natural Alternative May Offer Relief

Phosphates Not Heart-Healthy

Eliminate These from Your Diet for an Optimal Ticker

Nutty Help for Diabetes

A Healthy Replacement for Carbohydrates
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Health

Do Good, Feel Good

A growing body of research confirms what each of us instinctively knows: Acts of generosity and the empathy, compassion and altruism that prompt them may actually improve our mental and physical health.

Good Vibrations

Healing tones, including songs, chants, instruments, singing bowls and natural sounds like rain and ocean waves, can have an immediate, profound effect on our well-being.

The Parent Path

In caring for children, we move beyond our separate ego, share their infinite capacity for wonder, and connect to a transcendent power.
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Conscious Eating

Fun Party Foods

These crowd-pleasing appetizers combine classic concepts with tasty twists and are sure to wow guests.
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Wise Words

Exploring the Last Frontier with Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

In 1971, as his Apollo 14 spacecraft sailed back to Earth, Mitchell had a life-changing experience: He understood that the beautiful blue planet to which he was returning was part of a harmonious and whole living system and that we each participate in a universe of consciousness.
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Healthy Kids

The Parent Path

How Children Enrich Our Spiritual Life
In caring for children, we move beyond our separate ego, share their infinite capacity for wonder, and connect to a transcendent power.
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Natural Pet

Interspecies Friendships

Offering lessons for humanity, unlikely animal friends—cats and birds; bears, lions and tigers—demonstrate that when basic needs are met, the instinct to protect or play can trump the urge to grab, neglect or fight.