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Putting Emotions on the Map

It’s hard to talk about emotions and to get a feel for how they work. To offer some aid, emotion researcher Paul Ekman teamed up with the Dalai Lama and data visualization firm Stamen to create the Atlas of Emotions, a website that allows you to explore the dimensions of your emotions to help “increase choice in what we become emotional about and how we respond.”

The New Picture of Health

We all know that engaging in healthful habits—and eliminating the unhealthy ones—promotes physical and psychological well-being. But knowing what to do to be healthier and actually doing it isn’t the same thing. A new initiative aims to make it easier to adopt a healthy lifestyle by modeling what that looks like. Calling itself a “behavioral pharmacy,” the nonprofit Open Source Wellness offers weekly drop-in events in Oakland, California, that include exercise, meditation, healthful meals, and community interaction—the four pillars of physical and psychological health, according to organizers.

“We’re providing structure and support to fill the ‘behavioral prescriptions’ doctors give patients: Eat healthier, exercise more, reduce your stress, connect meaningfully with others,” states cofounder Ben Emmert-Aronson, PhD.

There are no lectures, classes, or intakes, just…

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