Afghanistan: Reflections from the Front Lines

Author: Matt Bloom

A feast for the eyes and heart. During my visit to the beautiful mountain region of Bamyan we visited a small village that is the location of one of CRS's education programs. This is amazing work and it was wonderful to hear from the leaders of the village about how important this program is for the entire village. The men and women we spoke with had great pride about their children and shared with great passion about how education would bring new hope and dignity to their children and to the village. The project has even inspired the parents to learn to read. The women have formed reading groups to study books their children are learning so that mothers can read, for the first time ever, with their daughters and sons at home. The men are also engaged, learning to read books on growing crops and winter gardening. We were told that a favorite among the men was a book on becoming a better public speaker! These education projects are impacting the entire village, opening up to them a new world of knowledge and information. We shared a feast with the villagers, one that included homemade bread, homegrown potatoes, and for the meat eaters among our group, a special treat of roasted chicken, fresh from the pen.…

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Reflections from the Front Lines

Author: Matt Bloom

Afghanistan is a name that most Americans associate with violence and fear. I certainly had my own concerns before arriving here, but I have found the Afghani people to be very warm, welcoming, and generous. They are a people of big and very open hearts, filled with kindness. These people have suffered a great deal, and their future remains uncertain, but they are also a people of hope. …

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Can A Million Women Be Wrong?

Author: Matt Bloom

Can a million women be wrong? A recent study of over one million women in the UK purports to show that being happy (or unhappy) will not make you healthier or help you live longer. But, what if they are wrong! To read more…

 

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Integral Human Development and the Perspective from Flourishing

Author: Matt Bloom

My colleagues and I think that there is a deep affiliation between flourishing and dignity, although we are just beginning to gain even a finger-hold on how they are related. And we think that research on happiness and thriving will continue to provide theories, empirical results, and research methods that will advance our understanding of dignity.

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TV, video games, and kids

Author: Matt Bloom

Once again, researchers have studied the effects of video games and television watching on the well-being of children. These researchers used data from 3,600 children from across Europe that had been collected as part of a study on childhood obesity.

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