A group of Northwestern journalism students recently produced Until The Day Breaks, a film about the difficulties of breaking free from prostitution in Chicago. They focus on the story of Patricia, a mother of four, who was forced into prostitution at age 12 and was only able to leave the trafficking circle recently. The film was nominated for a NATAS Student Student Achievement Award from the Television Academy, the producers of the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards.
“Nobody ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence or taste of the American public.”
- P.T. Barnum
(The following excerpt from 7 Things You Shouldn’t Bother 911 Dispatchers About by Lauren Hansen originally appeared April 28, 2013, on huffingtonpost.com. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
Emergency (n.): A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.
Please keep this definition in mind when dialing 9-1-1. Ask yourself: Does my particular pickle warrant a police response? If you are ever in doubt, check out this veritable rap sheet of emergency-service abusers. And keep your loneliness, buyer’s remorse, and parental complaints to yourself… unless you’d like to spend the night in jail.
Here are just 7 reasons not to call 911…there have been many, many others:
1. To get a refund from your drug dealer.
2. Because you’re lonely.
3. To request a divorce.
4. To complain about your mom.
5. To avoid bedtime.
6. To complain about a sandwich.
7. To ask for cigarettes.
“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.”
- Clare Boothe Luce
(The following excerpt from Yes, Money Can Buy You Happiness by Jon Terbush originally appeared on the week.com. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
But while those are nice little feel-good platitudes, they may not hold water in the real world, according to a new study from economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers.
By mapping income versus self-described happiness in several countries worldwide, the study’s authors found that the more money people had, the happier they tended to be. The trend was clear across the board, leading the economists to conclude that there’s “no evidence of a satiation point,” a theoretical level of contentment past which more cash doesn’t translate into more happiness.
As you stretch into warrior pose and inhale and exhale, you’re not just stretching those hamstrings and lungs; you’re also doing good for your brain with a practice that can stave off or relieve problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.
“Attraction” is a Hungarian theatre group, with a unique act of creating pictures with shadows of their bodies. Here we see them performing to the track “Read All About It” by Emeli Sande in the first week of auditions of “Britain’s Got Talent.”
The signs of stress can show up on your skin, in weight gain, in inflammation and more. (Laurence Mouton / Getty Images/PhotoAlto)
“The wear and tear of stress can show up in every part of the body: individual cells, bones, skin. You can even see it in photographs. A Dutch study from 2012 asked volunteers to guess the age of nearly 300 people from photos. The researchers also checked all of the photo subjects for cortisol, a key stress hormone. The results were telling: People with high levels of cortisol almost always looked older than they really were. The researchers estimated that each tiny increase in cortisol — each micromole per liter, to be exact — aged a person by about half a year.”
“Love, how many roads to reach a kiss.” – Pablo Neruda
(The following excerpt from 10 Ways To Express Love: One Can Show Affection In Different Ways was published on April 27, 2013, by Rita Watson in With Love And Gratitude. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
Love is a choice as much as it is a feeling or a decision. Those who give love receive love. This month we have seen research talking about conflict resolution and conflict recovery in terms of lasting romantic relationships. Each of the studies had me rethinking the work of Elizabeth Schoenfeld, a researcher at the University of Texas, Austin, who revealed that men and woman show love through affection – but that each takes a different tact.
Wives did so “by enacting fewer negative or antagonistic behaviors, husbands showed love by initiating sex, sharing leisure activities, and doing household work together with their wives.” Love Knows No Gender Difference - Health Information - Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Ten Ways to Express Love
Here are 10 ways to express love to your special someone, your friends, family, children. By expressing love we bring ourselves joy knowing that love is not just a Valentine moment, but an ongoing, free flowing experience that enriches our lives.
1. Express gratitude.
2. Send flowers.
3. Set aside time.
4. Keep anger at bay.
5. Be thoughtfully generous with gifts.
6. Order fortune cookies.
7. Offer an act of kindness.
8. Write a note.
9. Make time.
10. Be forgiving.
In the book, “Around the Year with Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings,” Fox challenges us to make this commitment by saying: “I have chosen the path of Love. My own heart is to be my workshop, my laboratory, my great enterprise, and love is to be my contribution to humanity.”
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