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Lessons in Resilience, from a Navy SEAL

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Eric Greitens begins his new book, Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life, with a powerful story. Greitens, a Navy SEAL, was contacted by a fellow combat veteran who was facing a personal crisis and reached out to Greitens, seeking some kind of help. In a series of letters, twenty-three of which make up the book, Greitens drew on his research, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, which centers on the development of resilient moral character.

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Raising the Spiritual Child

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An active spirituality has health benefits for all, and for children in particular, according to a new book, The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving. The links are clear, explains author Lisa Miller, director of clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University: young people with a flourishing sense of spirituality are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances and 60% less likely to be depressed.

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Texting to Promote Empathy

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Can texting build a sense of empathy with others? It’s an important question, argues Sara Konrath, principal investigator for the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR) and John Templeton Foundation grantee. Every second, thousands of tweets are posted and hundreds of thousands of text messages are sent. But what is the emotional and personal impact of this virtual communication and, if negative, can it be changed?

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