Why Research Says You Should Watch a Sunset

 “By witnessing the beauty and awe of the sunset, you can slow down your perception of time. According to 2012 research, participants who felt awe — defined as “the emotion that arises when one encounters something so strikingly vast that it provokes a need to update one’s mental schemas” — felt like they had more time available and were less impatient. “Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment,” researchers wrote in the paper, “which underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.””

Article: 7 Reasons You Should Make Time For The Sunset, The Huffington Post

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What Percentage of Children Under 8 Live in Low Income Housing?

 “…the population of children age birth to 8 in Kentucky is 507,300. Of that number, 255,000 live in low income housing, or 52 percent.

In Ohio, the population for the same age group is 1,283,236, with 50 percent, or 620,000 living in low income housing.

The state ranked highest is Mississippi with 63 percent and Massachusetts lowest at 32 percent.

Tennessee and West Virginia also ranked 52 percent.”

Article: Parenting, early learning key to children’s success, The Ledger Independent

Chronic Use of Marijuana at an Early Age

Is there a difference in mental functioning for chronic users of marijuana who start at an earlier age than those that get a later start?  Researchers in Brazil tested those that started to use marijuana before the age of 15 and compared them to chronic users who started after 15.

Early starters performed significantly poorer than late starters in categories such as sustained attention, impulse control, working memory, problem solving, cognitive flexibility, and planning.

Researchers drew the conclusion that starting chronic use of marijuana at an age when the brain is still developing may have a greater negative effect on cognitive functioning.

Abstract:  Cannabis use before age 15 and subsequent executive functioning,  The British Journal of Psychiatry