If you don't do it regularly, you're not going to get the benefits. It's kind of like going to the gym once a year. What would be the good of that?

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on the need to have a consistent “attitude of gratitude” in order to be truly happy


Sometimes life is like a fun-house mirror, the glass and then the real thing. I had just watched the TV show “The New Normal,” a comedy about what used to be called untraditional families, for the first time, and the same day I read about Mitt Romney's son Tagg and his wife, Jennifer, having twins through a surrogate pregnancy, using the same surrogate mother they had back in 2009.

Susan Straight, professor of creative writing, on what is considered ‘normal’ and ‘traditional’ and how those definitions are changing


Providing language access is important for two reasons…It gives assistance to those who need it. And it will make a difference.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, on how the addition of more Asian languages to voter materials works to encourage more civic participation from Asian Americans.


Sleep deprivation can significantly weaken immune function, and that can make you more susceptible to infection. Going to bed at a reasonable hour ensures that you'll enter cold and flu season with your immune system in top form.

Paul Lyons, senior associate dean for education, on how to stay healthy during the cold and flu season.


There is this impression that back in the old days, people would write their own petitions and weave campaign signs. It is silly. There has always been a level of professionalization in politics. If there is money to be spent, it has always been spent in politics.

Shaun Bowler, professor of political science, on how this year’s election ranks among the top in California history for campaign spending


It's... the most devastating wood-decaying fungus of houses that we know of.

John Menge, plant pathologist, on poria incrassate, a house-eating fungus that can destroy an entire structure in months


Buy firewood from a local source close to your home to prevent the spread of insects and diseases, such as the goldspotted oak borer, sudden oak death and emerald ash borer.

Thomas Scott, conservation biologist, on the importance of buying local firewood to avoid moving harmful insects and plant diseases into and around California


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