Why present day is the best time to be alive

Based on this article from the BBC It feels like it’s been a bad couple of years, but scientific and societal strides forward in recent decades have transformed global living standards.

And this video with Steven Pinker on The Cobert Report. Steven Pinker believes the world is increasingly nonviolent and that this may be the most peaceful time in human existence.

 

Or how about in this New York Times article

 President Obama noted: “The world is less violent than it has ever been.” It might seem difficult to reconcile this sentiment with daily horrors in the Middle East, terrorist attacks and other media-hyped doom and gloom. But he’s right: Though violent conflicts still happen around the world, the broad trend lines are all in the right direction.

Take a look at this infographic by phys.org noting everything we are currently fretting about.

So what gives? It feels more chaotic than ever, more violent and most disjointed. Could it be that the real problem is that we aren’t worse off locally or globally but we just aren’t thinking for ourselves? what if we close the newspapers and magazines, turn off the TV, our social media accounts, and the radio? Not as a reactive measure but as a way to measure our own lives. If we were to remove all the data points that are input into our lives and only worked with our experiences how would we answer the following questions?

Have you or someone you love been a victim of violence?

Do you know (personally) a child that has been abducted?

Have you been cyberbullied? Were you ever bullied as a child?

Have you been a victim of a crime or a theft?

Could it be that with a 24-hour news cycle seven days a week we just look for more things to talk about and those things tend to sway towards the negative? What if we made a conscious choice to tune it all out and just look at our lives and our own experiences.  What if we used our own lense to determine our level of safety and security, based not on what we are told but based on what we see, hear and experience ourselves. It’s time to stop listening, stop being scared and take our lives back and leave the fear behind. Do your own homework, research this topic – things just are not as bad as we want them to seem. Ask yourself why are citizens living so fearfully in this day and age? Could it be by design? Fearful societies watch over each other, they behave and they report. Is this the future we all want?

 

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Get outdoors and into water

There are so many ways to play outside – don’t forget about ideas on water.

All outdoor water activities offer a great opportunity to talk with kids about the importance of our water and oceans. Take a look at this infographic from NOAA the National Ocean Service Association.

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Sometimes it’s as simple as a dip in a pool or a day at the beach.

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Other water activities can require a bit more work such as river canoeing or ocean paddle boarding but it is so worth it to get kids connected with all forms of nature.

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Kids who love art are better at everything

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Kids who love art are better at everything.  STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics – the evidence is overwhelming that the best learning and innovation happens when these disciplines are combined.  Including the arts informs all other subjects.

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The Anatomy of a Mushroom

Check out this illustration by Rachel Ignotofsky!  Rachel has an entire Etsy shop full of scientific, informative posters, prints and t-shirts that you can purchase.

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Back to Work Pick-me-up! Hot Chocolate Hacks

As many folks have recently completed a time of holiday celebration and (hopefully) rest, you may find yourself back to work and immediately feeling overwhelmed upon return.  The inbox is full to the brim, multiple people to call back, and a long task list to finally tackle after putting them off until your return.  You might walk in to work refreshed, only to want to go back to vacation halfway through the day.

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Don’t fret ya’ll!  Put off all your “edible themed” new year’s resolutions for one more day.  Warm up with a fun cup of hot chocolate, and pretend, just for a moment that you are still enjoying time off.  This may seem cheesy, but you know you want to!  (And for the record it’s not cheesy, it’s chocolatey)hotchocolatefinal

I think the salted almond cup sounds delicious.  I would also like to try the mint chip affagoto 🙂

Posted by Amy DeCaussin

Original post by Sarah Karnasiewicz of Real Simple Magazine
Illustration by onethread design

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