Sunday, September 18, 2016

ELICITING ALTRUISM






TIME REQUIRED
How long this practice takes you will vary depending on which strategy you choose, but make it a goal to follow one of these strategies at least once a month.

HOW TO DO IT
Below are three different strategies that are effective at encouraging kindness and generosity. You can try them individually or in combination with one another. Click on the link at the end of each strategy for more detailed instructions on how to perform it.

There are many different creative ways that you can put these principles into practice. We encourage you to share your experience with them in the Comments & Reviews section below.
1 .Create reminders of connectedness. 
Research suggests that when people are reminded of human connection, they behave more altruistically, even when those reminders of connection are very subtle. Something as simple as a quote evoking shared goals, words like “community,” or a picture conveying warmth or friendships—they can all have an impact. Take a moment to look around your home, office, or classroom and consider how you could add words, images, or objects that communicate connection. For more on this technique, see the Reminders of Connectedness practice.

2 Put a human face on a problem. 
Research shows that humans are more likely to want to help others if they see them as individuals, not just abstract statistics. To motivate people to give their time or resources to a cause, like aiding in disaster relief, present them with a personal story of a single, identifiable victim, ideally accompanied by a photo. This will help them feel a greater sense of personal connection and concern, especially if they are of a similar age to the victim or have other things in common. It is important not to overwhelm others with too many stories or facts—they can have the paradoxical effect of impeding the urge to give. For more on this technique, see the practice about Putting a Human Face on Suffering.

3 Encourage identification with “outgroup” members. 
One of the greatest barriers to altruism is that of group difference: We feel much less obligated to help someone if he or she doesn’t seem to be a member of our “ingroup”—we may even feel hostile toward members of an “outgroup.” But research suggests that who we see as part of our “ingroup” can be malleable. That’s why a key to promoting altruism is emphasizing similarities that cut across group boundaries. On the broadest level, this could mean remembering that regardless of our political, cultural, or religious affiliations, we are all human beings and share common human experiences. For more on this technique, see the Shared Identity practice.


WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT
Research suggests that humans have a strong propensity for kindness and generosity, and that kindness improves the health and happiness of the giver, not only of the receiver. We’ll often be kind to others even at a cost or risk to ourselves--the definition of altruism. But we don't always act on our altruistic instincts—barriers can get in the way.

Fortunately, studies have also identified ways to overcome these barriers to altruism. Here we outline three research-based strategies for eliciting altruism from yourself or others. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Chia Seeds - Salvia hispanica.

Chia Seeds - Salvia hispanica.

Hạt chia (/ˈtʃiːə/) được sử dụng rộng rãi trong ẩm thực dưỡng sinh, làm đẹp, giảm cân, chống lão hóa, và điều trị một số chứng bệnh.HIện nay hạt Chia rất được ưa chuộng ở Mỹ và châu Âu trong dinh dưỡng và các công thức ăn kiêng.

Hạt chia có nguồn acid béo thiết yếu Omega-3 vượt trội, hàm lượng Natri thấp, hàm lượng protein, chất béo, chất xơ và chất chống oxy hóa cao. Hạt có hàm lượng đạm 19-23%, nguồn vitamin B dồi dào, canxi cao gấp 6 lần sữa, chất xơ cao gấp 1,6 lần lúa mạch, nồng độ lipid trong hạt cũng rất cao. ( Nguồn : Cây Chia )

Salvia hispanica - Chia Seeds - Thaomocgarden

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