What Is the Most Astounding Fact about the Universe? – Neil deGrasse Tyson

The most astounding fact [about the universe] is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones among them, went unstable in their later years. They collapsed and then exploded, scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy—guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems, stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself, so that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up, many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life. You want to feel connected. You want to feel relevant. You want to feel like you are a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are just by being alive. — Dr. Neil DeGrasse...
David Bowden – The Inner Net [Poem]

David Bowden – The Inner Net [Poem]

The Inner Net – David Bowden Woven into each and everyone of us there is an inner net We connect To each other Thread to Thread Cell to Cell Heart to Heart When formed correctly the net forms community             And we catch boat loads of life We all yearn to be hewn[1] in this collection             For it is the human connection             It’s the reason why we have eyes, tongues, and lips             So we can be intertwined together as we see, speak and kiss             It’s the reason why we have right and left hands             So when my right reaches your left             Pinkies, rings, middles, pointers, and thumbs interconnect             In the loom of the human thread But we have become disconnected   By nations and nationalities             Language and legalities             Wars and quarantines             Prejudices and bigotry [2] The net of humanity Has been severed severely As we cut ourselves off In the pursuit of individuality And in the midst of this shrinking world sensation Many are placing the blame on Technology As we burrow into browsers Unplug by plugging in for hours Miss blue skies while working in the cloud Laugh out loud without laughing out loud Humanity seems to be disconnecting             At the one point in history when it is the most connected But just as to the good we are not entirely compliant [3]             Nor entirely resistant Neither is this tool entirely consistent For the problems of our world used to be too big and too distant             To connect to and know of its widespread existence...
The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude

The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude

Psychologists have scientifically proven that one of the greatest contributing factors to overall happiness in your life is how much gratitude you show. In this experiment put on by Soul Pancake, subjects who wrote a letter of gratitude, thinking of someone that influenced them the most, saw a rise in happiness of 2-4%. However, for subjects who picked up the phone and personally expressed their gratitude to the person that influenced them the most in their life, there were happiness increases of 4-19%, showing that expressing your gratitude will make you a happier person. This happiness experiment in gratitude is based on the following study: Martin E. P. Seligman, Tracy A. Steen & Christopher Peterson, “Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of...