Self-Improvement vs. Self-Acceptance
When does the American spirit of endless self-improvement come at the expense of self-acceptance? Perfection is the enemy of good and can cause stress and dissatisfaction.
What's the Latest Development?
A survey that once placed American women into two broad categories, the 'never-enoughs' and the 'good-enoughs', found that the latter category, those more content with their lot in life, led happier personal lives and advanced equally in their careers as the 'never-enoughs'. One author of that study, Becky Gillespie, says society's conflicting definitions of success can cause major turmoil: "We need the courage to choose which definition of success we want."
What's the Big Idea?
Since Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, it seems like America has been on an endless quest to improve itself. It's a character trait that other nations find amusing, but for America, the promise of success may carry certain risks. A higher tolerance of income inequality is one result of the attitude, since we are given to believing that the world can be ours if we work just a little harder... The Occupy Wall Street movement may represent a change, that we no longer even want to reach the pinnacle of power.
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Here are 7 often-overlooked World Heritage Sites, each with its own history.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites are locations of high value to humanity, either for their cultural, historical, or natural significance.
- Some are even designated as World Heritage Sites because humans don't go there at all, while others have felt the effects of too much human influence.
- These 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites each represent an overlooked or at-risk facet of humanity's collective cultural heritage.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.
- Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
- Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
- The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
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