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  1. 7.16.12

    Donations to your Favorite Charity are a Click Away

    Courtesy of Hamed Saber

    By Anne Piccolo

    In the past, donating to charity traditionally meant taking out your checkbook and signing away x amount of dollars. With the help of the internet and a desire to make donating more interactive, a number of organizations have started to utilize a new way of getting donations- clicks.

    In a prior article, we talked about Free Rice and how, through correctly answering vocabulary questions, money is donated to the United Nations World Food Programme. Listed below are similar sites that make donating fun, easy, and even educational!

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  2. 7.11.12

    A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

    Courtesy of HaPe_Gera

    By Anne Piccolo

    People have been practicing meditation for over 3,000 years, for both the mental and physical benefits. In 2007, the US government reported over 20 million adults had meditated within the previous year, and the trend is still growing.

    While there are no set in stone rules about meditating, we want to share some guidelines to help practitioners get the most out of the activity. If you’ve been considering learning meditation, there is no better time than the present to begin.

    If you have ever been frustrated when someone tells you that a problem is “all in your head,” meditation is the answer to solving your conundrum. Even at just a few minutes a day, meditation has been known to increase serotonin levels, which positively affect mood and behavior.

    Meditation also creates relaxation on deeper levels, which can help prevent insomnia by sending you off into dreamland with ease. With practice, everyday distracting thoughts, or “mental chatter,” will decrease, and result in better focus, concentration, and memory.

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