Year: December 23, 2021

Discover the Danish Art of ‘Hygge’

As the weather in the Northern Hemisphere begins to turn cold throughout the fall and winter, more and more people are pushed indoors. By early February, terms like “cabin fever” start getting tossed around, as more individuals become tired of being indoors for the majority of the day . . . which is understandable. But […]

Selective Attention: How (and Why) We Filter Information

Have you ever thought about how attention works? Or have you ever heard anyone say that they have a “limited attention span”? What does all of this mean, exactly? And how does attention really work? The answer, surprisingly, has been researched decades ago. In the 1950s, the British psychologist Donald Broadbent conductive the first significant […]

The Winter Solstice

Welcome to December, the darkest month of the year. Despite the dark and cold of December, the month actually has a long history of celebration, spanning back to the ancient world. In ancient times, there was a festival called “Midwinter,” a time near the Winter Solstice, which normally occurs around December 21. “The word solstice […]

Recurrences of Depressive Episodes

Those who suffer from depressive episodes may understand how debilitating it can be. According to the authors of a recent study, about half of the people who suffer from a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) for the first time will also experience reoccurrences. This means that the likelihood of experiencing more than one MDE is about […]

A Short History of Halloween

It’s the end of October, and that means Halloween is here. And while many of use may carve a pumpkin, go trick-or-treating, or decorate our homes with ghosts and goblins, few people may know that – although many of our most cherished Halloween traditions have more modern roots, the holiday itself is very ancient. In […]

COVID-19: How Can the Pandemic End?  

By now, news of the COVID-19 pandemic feels stale. The pandemic first hit the United States in March 2020, and now, nearly two years later, the scourge is still with us. But the situation continues to change and evolve. Just this week, it was announced that 700,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19 – […]

A Tour of Medical Marijuana: History and Benefits  

In the last decade, more and more states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, including Pennsylvania. And most people do not know, that in the decades before the U.S. government decided to make all forms of the plant illegal, marijuana was used medicinally for thousands of years. In fact, the Greek “Father of History,” […]

Kintsugi: Finding Beauty in Imperfection

According to author Erin Niimi Longhurst, “Kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery with golden lacquer.” The concept is Japanese, and its part of a larger set of concepts that Longhurst refers to as the “Japanese Contentments.” “Shattered pieces are put back together and become even more beautiful laced with gold than they were […]