Tag: Sadness


Science, Sorrow and the Supernatural: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Oct. 26-30), we took a look at the latest social media app under attack, the intersection of joy and sadness, the new research on faith and science in America, the football coach in hot water for praying publicly, the everlasting appeal of a good ghost story… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Yik Yak Is Back – Brad Hirschfield The popular social platform Yik Yak is back in the news. Not that it was ever......

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When Sadness and Joy Co-Exist

Have you ever picked up a book knowing that its arrival in your life at precisely this moment was a gift? That was my sense when I held Jay Michaelson’s The Gate of Tears, subtitled “Sadness and the Spiritual Path.” As I delved into the book (out this month in paperback), that sense only deepened. “Joy and sadness are not opposites,” Michaelson writes. “Sometimes, they coexist, like two consonant notes of a complex yet harmonious chord.” And he observes: “At our contemporary moment, the ordinary sadness that is part of a life......

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Teardrops, Civility and Hope: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Sept. 14-18),?we wrote about men who avoid crying, refugees fleeing Syria in record numbers, employees bringing religious rules to work, Americans becoming uncivil with each other and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Why Don’t Men Cry More Often? – Brad Hirschfield Why do so many people in our culture still buy into the notion that “real men don’t cry”? In a recent piece on Aeon, writer Sandra Newman raises this question. And she suggests that......

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Why Don't Men Cry More Often?

Why do so many people in our culture still buy into the notion that “real men don’t cry”? In a recent piece on Aeon, writer Sandra Newman raises this question. And she suggests that there may be some utility in men containing their tears in certain situations. But she also points out that it’s a relatively recent concept to equate masculinity with dry eyes – an idea that’s ultimately more unhealthy than not. Newman cites scientific research showing that crying opens pathways of connection and healing in unique ways; it often includes......

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