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Why Do So Many of Us Live in Fear?

"If only they knew: For us, fear is not a choice. A little fear is necessary for survival: Ask any gazelle. But too much fear can be as crippling as too little."

Why Do We Do Long Sittings?

Our meditation group had six stalwart sitters yesterday for our four-hour block sitting, in spite of the our city’s annual summer festival being in full swing, the gorgeous weather…

Why Do We Feel Awe?

According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.

Why Do We Withhold (Our Love)?

Several months ago, a student of my summertime yoga and writing workshop gave me a thank you card with a powerful, mesmerizing quote cut from the final pages of a insightful book, …

Why Does Low Self-Esteem Make Us Lie—and How Can We Start Telling the Truth?

I once asked a friend whether she knew anything about Russian literature."No," she intoned, shaking her head with a studiedly blank look in her eyes. "Not a thing."Later I learned …

Why Does Optimism Feel So Weird?

When you have low self-esteem, optimism doesn't come easy.

Why Emotional Intelligence Is More Important Than IQ

Growing up, we believed that doing well in school was the key to success. Good SAT scores and a high GPA will get you into a good college, which will lead to a good job and a successful future, right? Not necessarily.

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters: Connect Deeply to People for Success

Not long ago, the prevailing wisdom was that if you wanted to succeed in life, smarts, education, and effort would do the trick. The niceties of human relations were a something yo…

Why Evolution Made Forgiveness Difficult

Nature endowed humanity with both revenge and forgiveness as tools of conflict resolution. But why does one seem so much harder than the other?

Why False Beliefs Stick

Science explains why people cling to ideas, even when they have contradictory evidence.

Why First Impressions Count

Research shows how first impressions can color later interactions.

Why Following a Spiritual Path is Not a Picnic

Adapted from Everything Mind by Chris Grosso

Why Gardening Helps As You Age

Mental and physical benefits of tending to plants

Why Go Paleo with Deborah Gordon

Your host Rabbi Rami Shapiro talks to physician Deborah Gordon, MD, about the benefits of going paleo. Read her full story in the May/June 2015 issue of Spirituality & Health.…

Why Go Paleo?

One Doctor's Story

Why Greeks Built Their Temples

Crafting A Binding Contract With The Sacred

Why Humans Need Surprise

A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.

Why I Find the Death Penalty Problematic

“Seeking the death penalty and securing the death penalty should not obligate us to implement the death penalty.”

Why I Pray

One of my most precious experiences was finding a list in my dad’s handwriting as I sat in his recliner in my parents’ home. When I asked my mom about it, she told me it was his pr…

Why I Returned to Church

Reflections on Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy and my return to being Catholic