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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 11, 2013/ 8 Kislev, 5774

New information slows down speed of time

By Betsy Hart



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'd always thought it seemed that time speeded up as we got older because, relative to our life span, it does. A year to a 2-year-old is half a lifetime; to an 80-year-old, it's a small fraction of a lifetime, leaving us powerless to stop the speed-up.

But in discussing this recently with a dear friend from high school — has it actually been more than 30 years? — while I lamented the inexorability of the increasing rush of time, she explained that I had it all wrong. (If only I would slow down and consider the matter!)

What we talked about that evening led me to find out more, and this is what I discovered: A wide range of research suggests that while the relative-time argument has merit for why time feels like it goes faster as we get older, there's something else that may account much more for the phenomenon. It turns out that our brains have to work hard at taking in new information, and the effort needed to process the novel information exaggerates our sense of time involved. In contrast, when things are familiar, the brain can shortcut right through it with sort of a "been here, done that, let's move on" mentality that makes time seem to go faster.

No wonder taking a math test can seem like an eternity, but dinner with close friends in the same amount of time goes by in a moment.

Time really does fly when we're having fun.



So then it should be no surprise that familiar life loops and routines, more and more the typical pattern of life as we get older and more established, give our brains endless shortcuts. But a child or other young person taking in new information at every turn, having a constantly busy brain — well, that makes time seem much slower.

As writers Belle Beth Cooper and Caroline Gregoire outlined it for one piece I looked at, this one in The Healer's Journal, from this summer, research shows that "... if we feed our brains more new information, the extra processing time required will make us feel like time is moving more slowly."

They and other writers and researchers on the subject said new experiences, learning new things, simply working to notice the same or novel things more (pile on the details and information), minimizing routine and brain shortcuts — are all ways to change the perception of time passing quickly.

In other words, with a little practice, maybe we can slow time down to a steady jog, or occasionally even walk.

Well, I'm glad to have this information as I start my new loop.

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