Christians tweet more happily, less analytically than atheists

Christians tweet more happily, less analytically than atheists
A computer analysis of nearly 2 million text messages (tweets) on the online social network Twitter found that Christians use more positive words, fewer negative words and engage in less analytical thinking than atheists. Christians also were more likely than atheists to tweet about their social relationships, the researchers found.

Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation
People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a new study.

Evolving roles of hospice and palliative care
Many people think hospice and palliative care come at the end of life, and while both often play a key role then, palliative care also can provide pain relief, symptom control, emotional comfort and spiritual support as patients recover from serious illnesses.

Childhood adversity linked to higher risk of early death
Traumatic childhood experiences are linked to an increased risk of early death, according to new research.

Know thyself: How mindfulness can improve self-knowledge
Mindfulness — paying attention to one’s current experience in a non-judgmental way — might help us to learn more about our own personalities, according to a new article.

Religious leaders can be key to biological diversity
Leaders of the major world religions can play a key role in preserving biological diversity. A new study indicates that if the world’s religious leaders wished to bring about a change, they would be ideally positioned to do so.

Parents, religion guard against college drinking
Religious college students report less alcohol use than their classmates — and the reason may have to do with how their parents handle stress, according to new research.

Time Out Tip Of The Day: September 20, 2013
Need a time out? You’re in luck. In honor of Bliss’ Triple Oxygen Month, HuffPost’s GPS for the Soul has teamed up with Bliss spa experts to provide the best tips to take a rejuvenating time out each and every day for the month of September. We want to help you make the next 30 days a time of reflection and renewal. Make sure to check back here every day for your new Time Out Tip, and learn more about Bliss’ new line of Triple Oxygen products by clicking here.

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How Do You Spend Your Energy?
As fall is about to pop, I think of technicolor: the evolving spectacle performed by battalions of elm, birch, and maple. I look forward to the piles of yellow, red, and orange leaves that beg you to dive in. I crave the fermenting smell of seasons changing.

But I saw a tree the other day prematurely bare, and I envisaged the stark gray of early winter. My work takes me from Maine to New York between fall and the holidays. I watch the seasons change on the same roads up and down the coast, and I imagined it in time lapse. The bright green becomes the fall rainbow before time where only the evergreens color the monochrome landscape.

Both kinds of trees show off in their season. The deciduous reign in fall, but the evergreen stand out against the snow. Each has a totally different cycle. Each would die if they lived like the other. Which kind of tree, deciduous or evergreen, most represents the way you manage your energy?

I think most of us become miserable because we haven’t paid enough attention to how we most naturally perform best. Based on your genetics and your health, every day you have a limit. Like a child that plays until it can’t anymore, and then falls asleep in its chair during dinner, at a certain point the human body needs rest. But we all burn energy differently.

Each day, week, and season do you burst like the maple or burn consistently like a spruce? Trees drop their leaves by the season or handfuls each day based on survival. The Elm lasts through the dark months, where the water is held hostage by the cold, by going dormant. The pine needs less light and water and so it can slough and produce needles in any season. Both varieties are beautiful, but they thrive in the right ecosystem.

Some of us thrive through the cycles of work and family by engaging fast and furious and then hiding away for a while. Others are always present, consistent and available. Neither style is better or worse. Both ways of being are essential in any culture or community.

The problem comes when you find yourself in an environment that doesn’t match your natural style.

You’re deciduous: You like to make sales presentations once a week, and a change in your business model has you at client sites daily; you are a homebody, who likes to travel three times a year, and now your job has you on the road every week. You loved to see your parents for the weekend, and now they live with you.

You’re evergreen: You like to be out in the field, and suddenly you’re tied to a desk; you have a clear schedule for every day and now a change at work means every day is different; you love family around all the time and your nest just emptied.

Are you deciduous or evergreen? When we recognize how we are at our best, whether we’re made for bursts of energy or the slow, consistent burn of our internal resources, that’s when we can advocate for ourselves.

We will always be miserable if we’re doing things against our nature. We will always feel off if the requirements of our daily life don’t match how we want and need to expend energy. And, when we find cycles of life that best match who we truly are, we can always show our our colors.

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In Praise Of Deep Travel
Reviewing my frequent flier statement recently, I noticed I cracked a million miles flown with United. A cursory milestone, sure, but it caused me a second of reflection about flying post-2001.

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