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RELIGION OR SPIRITUALITY?

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This is the time of year when many people celebrate Christmas, whether or not they are believers that Jesus was born on December 25th. Of course, many religions do embrace this belief—Methodists, Catholics, and other Christian religions—while others adhere to different doctrines.  

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AGE IS AN ILLUSION

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As I was exercising at the local gymnasium last week, I heard a woman recounting a story she had read that piqued my own interest. The tale involved an intruder not counting on an eighty-two-year-old woman who lived alone being an award-winning body builder with nerves of steel.

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THANKSGIVING

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Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November. This day celebrates the story of the Pilgrim’s meal with the Native Americans and is a day that is spent with loved ones and for giving thanks.

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOUR SMILE

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Daniel Nettle, a scientist and researcher at the University of Newcastle in the UK, has been involved in numerous studies in which people are asked to what degree they are happy. Overall, it seems almost everyone describes themselves as "very happy." Even when asked over a period of time, their responses are consistent. This is good news, as self-reported happiness is strongly related to health.

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NEIGHBORHOOD EXPERIENCES

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More than twenty years ago, Sharon Adams moved back to her childhood home in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood outside of Milwaukee, after living in New York City for thirty years. When she arrived, prostitutes roamed the streets, drivers cruised in search of drugs, and gunshots were heard almost every day. Sharon was actually advised by several police captains not to go outside, even during the day. 

However, she wasn’t afraid and started taking walks in the neighborhood. Gradually, Sharon was joined by others who told her they were sometimes hesitant even to go out and retrieve the mail. Then she met Larry Adams, a contractor she hired to fix the wiring in her house. After the job was done, he asked Sharon out for ice cream. Within a year they were married.

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