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Expressing Gratitude in the Digital Era

Expressing Gratitude in the Digital Era

Have you noticed how saying “thanks” has changed a lot now that we are all more focused on our screens? Back in the day, a heartfelt thank you was done in person and was all about a warm smile and a handshake or hug. It’s not always clear if our “thank you” texts have the same intended impact as those in-person expressions of gratitude. Why Saying Thanks Matters So, here’s a useful fact: Being grateful and actually saying it out loud (or in a text) does wonders for our brains. When we express gratitude, our brains light up and the result is us feeling happier. A study by Adam Grant and Francesca Gino found that even small expressions of gratitude can significantly motivate positive social behaviors in others by making them feel valued. Couple this with the knowledge that expressing and receiving gratitude promotes less stress and more fulfillment in our lives, and it is hard to think of a reason why we shouldn’t be showing gratitude as often as we can. The best news …

China to Send More Pandas to US, Jump-Starting New Era of ‘Panda Diplomacy’ 

China to Send More Pandas to US, Jump-Starting New Era of ‘Panda Diplomacy’ 

BEIJING —  China’s Wildlife Conservation Association is working with the National Zoo in Washington in an arrangement that could bring more pandas back to the United States, signaling improving diplomatic relations between the two superpowers. China has lent its beloved bears to zoos in various countries over the years as goodwill animal ambassadors and also fostered a modern Sino-U.S. “panda diplomacy” with the gesture. “Relevant Chinese institutions have signed agreements with the Madrid Zoo in Spain and the San Diego Zoo in the United States on a new round of international cooperation in the protection of giant pandas,” said Mao Ning on Thursday, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, when addressing a query at a regular press briefing. “They are also working with the Washington National Zoo in the United States and [Viennna Zoo] in Austria to actively negotiate and launch a new round of cooperation.” Earlier, the Wildlife Conservation Association said on its WeChat social media account that it had reached and signed agreements for the conservation of giant pandas with several zoos. Back …

Does Prince William calling for fighting to stop in Gaza herald a new era of royal frankness? Let’s hope so | Stephen Bates

Does Prince William calling for fighting to stop in Gaza herald a new era of royal frankness? Let’s hope so | Stephen Bates

“What did he mean by that?” the devious 19th century Austrian statesman Prince Metternich is supposed to have muttered, when he heard that his equally wily French rival Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand had just died in 1838. It’s a question also being posed after Prince William was heard yesterday calling for an end to the fighting in Gaza as soon as possible. The words were hardly exceptionable: the prince, like every other civilised and sentient being, spoke of the terrible human cost of the conflict and the desperate need for increased humanitarian support as he visited the British Red Cross offices in London. Too many had been killed, he added, as he listened to first hand accounts directly from the charity’s staff amid the rubble at the scene. You might think it amounted to little more than the sentiments being uttered by politicians across the House of Commons (and just as unlikely to influence the Israeli government). However, British royals are usually supposed to confine their statements to the most anodyne of utterances, so the prince’s …

In Alexei Navalny’s death, Putin cements new era of Russian dictatorship

In Alexei Navalny’s death, Putin cements new era of Russian dictatorship

You’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday. Among Alexei Navalny’s friends and admirers, there’s a heartbreaking hope that his legacy will live on. Navalny, 47, was Russia’s Nelson Mandela, an inspiring advocate for freedom and reform who chose state captivity in 2021 over a life in exile. Charismatic and indefatigable, he had investigated President Vladimir Putin’s kleptocratic regime, lampooned its corrupt, incompetent apparatchiks, and, through a network of independent activists and journalists, offered to countless Russians a vision of a civic future that transcended the authoritarian demagogue whose rule seems set to stretch into a fourth decade. His popularity spread far beyond the liberal-minded elites in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. For that, Navalny perished while in the hands of the state. Disappeared to an obscure Arctic prison, the celebrated dissident suffered ill health for months and died Friday, according to Russian authorities. His wife accused …

Welcome to the New Era of Restitution & Repatriation

Welcome to the New Era of Restitution & Repatriation

Over the last several years, countries in the Global South, from Nigeria to Mexico, have pursued the return of treasures looted by colonizers with renewed vigor, while some European governments have passed laws or formed new agreements to disband portions of their national collections. If art and artifacts in museums like the Louvre or the British Museum are the symbols of a bygone era, it appears that former colonial powers are begining to use them to make symbolic amends for transgressions long past. In the US, meanwhile, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has made it its mission to seize looted artifacts and bring antiquities collectors and dealers to heel. And, after the US government adjusted regulations around Indigenous artifacts and remains, museums are scrambling to be compliant. While the future may still be uncertain, it has become clear that we’ve entered a new era. Over the next week, ARTnews will explore all the facets of this new world and the power players that make it run. Follow along here for the latest stories in The …

Kelly Clarkson stuns in tiny crop top and rocks drastic hair transformation in must-see throwback from American Idol era

Kelly Clarkson stuns in tiny crop top and rocks drastic hair transformation in must-see throwback from American Idol era

Kelly Clarkson shot to fame over a decade ago when she won the first ever series of American Idol.  And to celebrate the premiere of series 22 of the hit talent show, HELLO! have gone on a trip down memory lane to take a look at photos from Kelly’s days competing in the contest, aged just 20.  In one incredible image, Kelly looked fresh faced and excited, taken at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards, just one month before she was crowned winner on the show.  You may also likeVIDEO: All you need to know about Kelly Clarkson’s family life The then up-and-coming star rocked dark brunette hair with blond highlights, and wore a red and white crop top emblazoned with the United States flag, teamed with a denim mid-length skirt and sandals, a very on-trend look for the early noughties.  Kelly experimented with several hairstyles during the competition, and was a big fan of highlights, even choosing some temporary multi-coloured hues for one episode of the series.  © Jeffrey MayerKelly Clarkson rocking a crop top …

Republicans return to Antebellum era theories to justify Trump’s civil war push

Republicans return to Antebellum era theories to justify Trump’s civil war push

Back in 2019, when then-candidate Joe Biden was campaigning on the promise of restoring “normalcy” to American politics after three years of almost daily scandal and chaos in the White House, he made a prediction that would regularly come back to haunt him after becoming president. “The thing that will fundamentally change things,” said the former vice president at a campaign event in New Hampshire, “is with Donald Trump out of the White House. You will see an epiphany occur among many of my Republican friends.”  This was a remarkable statement coming from the man who had served eight years as vice president under President Barack Obama, whose administration faced unprecedented levels of Republican obstructionism throughout most of his two terms. But it was also consistent with the former veep’s lifelong faith in bipartisan cooperation. Biden’s view of politics had been shaped by the nearly four decades he spent in the Senate, where he frequently worked with his Republican colleagues on bipartisan legislation (for better or worse). As a creature of the world’s “greatest deliberative …

Richard Quinn pays homage to women of the Victorian era at London Fashion Week

Richard Quinn pays homage to women of the Victorian era at London Fashion Week

Sign up to our free Living Well email for advice on living a happier, healthier and longer life Live your life healthier and happier with our free weekly Living Well newsletter Royal-favourite designer Richard Quinn presented a feminine, romantic and floral-themed 2024 autumn/winter collection at London Fashion Week. The curved catwalk, that went around the vast and grade-listed 1901 Ballroom at Andaz London, was signposted by huge bouquets of pink and white roses and puddle-length floral-themed curtains. A live band, including a string quartet and a pianist, quickly put guests into a trance as the show began. The London-based fashion and print designer incorporated vintage-inspired bridal wear that emphasised curves and accentuated long limbs – similar to high society elegance. Quinn is said to be inspired by the late Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family. She made a surprise appearance on the front row of his LFW show in 2018, alongside US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and awarded him with the first The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The …

‘A betrayal’: mother’s fight for justice as Indonesia elects Suharto era figure | Indonesia

‘A betrayal’: mother’s fight for justice as Indonesia elects Suharto era figure | Indonesia

Every Thursday for the past 17 years, in searing heat and pouring rain, Maria Catarina Sumarsih has stood outside the Indonesian presidential palace, demanding justice for her son. He was shot dead in 1998, when authorities opened fire on student protesters as they called for an end to the rule of dictator Suharto. Soon, it is assumed, the palace behind her will be inhabited by Prabowo Subianto – a former son-in-law of Suharto and a special commander under his 32-year regime, one of the most brutal and corrupt of the 20th century. He is accused of involvement in a series of rights abuses, including enforced disappearances and torture during the Suharto era, which ended in the same year that Sumarsih’s son died. At this week’s vigil, held the day after Prabowo declared victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, Sumarsih vowed to continue her fight for accountability not only for her son, Wawan, but for all of the victims killed under Suharto. “When Wawan was shot, my grief transformed into love for others,” she said. “What I …

The voters of Wellingborough and Kingswood said one thing with one voice: the Tory era is over | Polly Toynbee

The voters of Wellingborough and Kingswood said one thing with one voice: the Tory era is over | Polly Toynbee

The rout of the Tories gallops on across the country, as yesterday the voters of Wellingborough and Kingswood stampeded away from them in yet more home-turf byelections – their ninth and 10th losses, more than any government in more than 50 years. The size of these Labour victories is becoming so routine that there’s a risk of people growing blase. Anything less would have been headlined a disaster, even in seats never in Labour’s sights: a swing of 16.4% in the South Gloucestershire seat was good, but the 28.5% swing in the North Northamptonshire seat was the second biggest flight from Tory to Labour since the second world war. Pause here to relish for a few moments the delightful factoid that a swing like that repeated everywhere at the general election would, according to some calculations, leave only four Tory seats. The Tories could hardly have had a worse day, as the Office for National Statistics revealed the country had fallen into recession as voters went to the polls in the rain. Only a “technical …