How Poverty Affects the Brain

New research reveals the connection between stress, poverty and brain development in children.

Source: How Poverty Affects the Brain

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Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time | Greater Good

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The new book “The Happiness Track” explains how to use the science of happiness to preserve your energy and be more productive.

In The Happiness Track, Seppälä tries to untangle one of the knottiest problems of the modern age: our burned out, overscheduled lifestyle. We are stuck in a jumble of feeling overwhelmed yet never accomplishing enough, trussed up by the underlying assumptions that we hold about productivity:Success requires stress. We have to compete with others. We can’t cut ourselves any slack. “We have simply accepted overextension as a way of life,” she writes.

To combat this problem, the typical advice is to manage your time better: Prioritize. Make better to-do lists. Delegate unnecessary tasks. If that hasn’t worked for you, don’t be surprised; nature abhors a vacuum, and so do we. If we give ourselves an extra hour, we’ll find some task to fill it with. So time is not the commodity we should be tracking and managing, Seppälä argues. Instead, we need to manage our energy.

Seppälä outlines six qualities to cultivate that will contribute to both our productivity and our happiness. In effect, they’re also ways to boost energy without making big changes to our schedules.

Read about these six qualities here: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time | Greater Good

The fight over transgender rights in school restrooms intensifies | PBS NewsHour

SAN FRANCISCO — In clashes over which restrooms and locker rooms transgender students should use, the U.S. Department of Education has warned public schools that a 1970s sex discrimination law makes it illegal to deny them access to the facilities of their choice.

Read on here: The fight over transgender rights in school restrooms intensifies | PBS NewsHour

Analysis: How Flint, Ferguson, New Orleans and Baltimore are all connected – Houston Chronicle

Flint, Ferguson, New Orleans and Baltimore — cities now inseparable from the national news stories centered there — became calamities for separate reasons. One was a natural disaster (made worse by human error), another a wholly man-made crisis. The two others began with police violence, but in disparate settings: the newly impoverished suburbs and the long-distraught inner city. Flint and New Orleans were failures of infrastructure, Baltimore and Ferguson a collapse of human relationships.

Analysis: How Flint, Ferguson, New Orleans and Baltimore are all connected – Houston Chronicle

Black Kids Get Less Pain Medication Than White Kids in ER – NBC News

Black children with acute appendicitis are less likely than white children to get painkillers in the emergency room, researchers found.

Source: Black Kids Get Less Pain Medication Than White Kids in ER – NBC News