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How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

How to make your kids smarter, a must-see video, life advice from cats, and more…

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We are all part of a global community, and in that spirit we take each Friday to spread the love to others who’ve inspired us. In our Great Discoveries series, we feature the most interesting articles, a must-watch video and the most inspirational quote we discovered this week. Please spread the love and enjoy your day!

How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention. [Read @ The Atlantic]

How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

Here’s why you should worry if a woman just got promoted to a top position at your company

It might not mean what you think. [Read @ Business Insider]

An absolutely must-see video — no introduction can do it justice:
How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

13 Important Pieces Of Life Advice From Cats

With accompanying can’t-miss photos, of course! [Read @ The Dodo]

How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

Fortysomething parents are not alright

Still waiting to have kids? You’re not the only one. [Read @ Quartz]

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-Eleanor Roosevelt

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Reader Discussion: 30 Comments

  1. Winona Miller

    Right after I finished watching Ea’s video, I got the point that we should be taking care of trees and I feel motivated to do so in any (even though small) acts I could. I was motivated, and that’s it. I also remembered that he indirectly stated that joining Stand for Trees is voluntary, I mean, if you do not wish to join, then don’t, as Ea said at the end of his video “This is the option that I chose, whatever way you choose to stand for trees, do it.” I don’t know if you’re trying to play politics right here or what, but please, if you’re trying to tell us that carbon trading does not stop climate change, then do it right, do it in a way which people could learn and know what they need to do to stop climate change if what your headline stated was true. Then your article made me wonder, how could someone focus so much on the things about the government when you’re talking about a video of green movement. See the goodness in someone, for once. Be critical, but sometimes what’s not the focus is not the focus, then don’t discuss it. I think what Ea was saying in the video is simply about saving the tress for future generation, and a little bit about Stand for Trees. But, then again, what’s wrong with that?

  2. Ariana Rhyder

    Prince EA has great stimulation and should be abused for all good environment projects. He does it perfectly for getting attention of people to the topic and issue.

    Yet when I went to the website of Stand for Trees I immediatelly felt that US business approach to charity. Give me the money and I’ll make sure some part of it gets to the cause.

  3. Teresa Tanner

    Just saw the video by Prince EA… My inspiration level went from over 9000 to near undetectable after hearing the solution to destroying trees for money, was money.

    It is not money, it is ideology. You can not solve the problem with the problem…

    just stop excepting it, be conscious of what you buy. Be vocal about the destruction of what keeps us healthy, that you will hold anyone in contempt very aggressively if they do not take the environment into consideration.

    If this becomes the general populist mindset, it will not take money to change it. It will simply happen. If an idea is adopted by large numbers of people, that energy will manifest itself as reality. It can not be stopped.

    • Charleen Washington

      You can’t eat money. You can’t drink oil.
      But you can power every home with solar. Thus we can energize every city with solar energy.
      We have once chance to save the earth.
      By building homes with 100 solar panels, we can house all the people in a well lit place,
      powered by the sun.
      Where each house generates 200% more energy than it needs.
      Where the house uses the sun to help pay its mortgage, if, if,
      if the local Utilities
      pay each home owner $0.99 kwh.
      Having such a house is like having an oil well on your roof, but without the pollution, mess, toxins and dead oil covered birds.
      We can’t drink oil.

  4. Camila Hilhorst

    OMG I adore the post about life advice from cats! How cute is it!!! <3 Reminds me of this book I read called You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats by Francesco Marciuliano. I highly recommend it. 🙂

  5. We humans are always looking for guidance for how to be better, more efficient, more effective, happier and more lovable. Have you ever noticed that cats don’t really seem to care what you think of them? They have a certain confidence that their life has meaning and purpose and everything they do is important and relevant. It’s time for us bipeds to learn a little something from the feline kind. 🙂

  6. I teach in an Urban School and our 100+ Kindergarteners love getting out into our courtyard garden. Want to do more to promote the idea of school gardens.

  7. Thank you for the great articles you shared and reminding me of the importance of preserving my children’s outdoor time, even when life’s demands make it difficult to do so. I think this will help me to take the actual step toward starting my own waldkindergarten-based preschool program so more children can have an opportunity to play and learn outside…

  8. Love these articles and as a parent of a small toddler in the forestschool system, I couldn’t agree more with the one about green spaces making children smarter. We started the school candidly thinking the whole thing was a little nuts – as it turns out, it’s the most “non-nuts” thing we’ve ever done for her – it’s amazing how much children really do love being outside and how much our traditional schools are increasingly set up to take that away from them.

  9. Great round-up! Reall enjoyed reading each of it, as well as the video! Already a subscriber of Prince EA’s YouTube channel. He has so many other inspirational stuff there. Must check it, if you haven’t. 🙂

  10. Great work, guys! Awesome finds especially for thos who have children! I’m not a mother yet, but even I enjoyed it. Sharing this page on my Facebook for my friends to read too! 🙂

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