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Heartfulness Meditation Conference

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The Heartfulness Meditation Conference—featuring longtime meditation teacher Kamlesh D. Patel, bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein and Grammy-nominated flutist Maestro Shashank—will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., June 25, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Attendees will learn a simple, practical meditation technique designed to help them manage the stress of a fast-paced world. The highlight of the ... Read More »

    Nature’s Metric

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    Rethinking All Aspects of Society The International Living Future Institute’s Living Future Challenge presents a bold new framework for rethinking how systems, products, buildings and communities are designed. Based on the elegant and profound architecture of its recent Living Building Challenge that cites nature as the ultimate metric for success, the Living Future Challenge is now branching out to influence ... Read More »

      Emotional Smarts

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      How to Raise Your Quotient HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF The role of emotional intelligence (EI) in helping to facilitate success and happiness in individual lives has become well accepted. People with high EI tend to share seven habits. Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on ... Read More »

        Tress Stress

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        Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss JODY MCCUTCHEON   Ancient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants ... Read More »

          New Healthy Building Standard

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          The WELL Building Standard, administered by the International WELL Building Institute, is the world’s first development criterion to focus exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research, harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. Pioneered by the Delos company and the culmination ... Read More »

            Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy

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            Stand-up Comics Induce Bonding in Audience Members Research from the UK University of Surrey has found that witnessing live comedy increases emotional interaction and bonding between the spectators and performer and enhances a general feeling of trust and intimacy among participants through the shared experience. Published in the journal Comedy Studies, the study was conducted by doctoral candidate Tim Miles, who ... Read More »

              More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid

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              Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” ... Read More »

                Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors

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                Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more ... Read More »

                  Swedes’ Solution

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                  Six-Hour Workday Reaps Benefits Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people that clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those ... Read More »

                    Unsafe Playfields

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                    Artificial Surfaces Pose Risks As of January, there have been 200 nationwide cases of cancers in young athletes that played on synthetic turf—many of them lymphoma, which is uncommon in the age group. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew earlier safety assurances and called for new, more comprehensive studies. A majority of professional and college athletes strongly prefer ... Read More »

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