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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A little more on listening ...

Got this from YouthWorker.com ...

Do you like to talk about yourself? If you said no, you might be lying. According to new research from Harvard University, our favorite subject is ourselves—so much so that our brains get a little charge of happiness when we talk about ourselves.

According to researchers, talking about ourselves increases the dopamine released in our brains—the same chemical our brains release when they want to reward us for something (i.e., eating something particularly tasty, buying a new pair of shoes). Some tests suggest the wider audience we have for our personal thoughts and anecdotes the happier we are.

That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course. Telling people what we think and feel helps people get to know us better. If we're free with our own personal experiences, we can entertain our friends or prevent others from making similar mistakes we've made.

Given there are so many ways to express ourselves now—YouTube, Facebook, Twitter—some wonder whether all this self-disclosure might get out of hand. More than 80 percent of posts on Facebook and Twitter are announcements about one's own immediate experiences. Could we be so interested in what we have to say that sometimes we forget to listen?

More on this article here ... Youth Culture Lesson: Self-Absorbed? | Youth Lessons | YouthWorker.com

Monday, 28 May 2012

God is a Suffering God ...

The God of Jesus Christ is a suffering God, who is wounded by our tragedies and hurting because of our sorrow: a God who lost an only son on a cross, thank to human cruelty and injustice; a God who does not punish us for our sins by sending sickness; a God who Jesus tells us does not control every detail of life – accidents happen and towers fall on both the good and the bad – a God who cares and cries.

Donald E. Messer, "Patches of Godlight," in Reflections on Grief and Spritual Growth,
 ed. Andrew J. Weaver and Howard W. Stone (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005), 83