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Open Book Journey

The open book journey™ is one of karuna's initiatives to transform the immense wisdom contained within books into actionable happiness through the lens of evidence-based science and ancient wisdom. karuṇā (करणा) = A Sanskrit word which embodies the compassionate desire to remove suffering. karuna is a on a mission to empower people to reimagine and reclaim their story of happiness. karuna's founder Arun Sardana speaks with renowned authors and experts in the fields of positive psychology, narrative practices, neuroscience and beyond to bring you stories of wisdom, compassion and inspiration. Let's build a world where people can write their own story of happiness. 

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Research on
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

To understand the importance of healing the inner child, it helps to explore the role of childhood experiences in shaping your adult life.
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Groundbreaking ACE Study

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).​
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Rape of Innocence

How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affected my adult life and how becoming vulnerable game me the strength to share this story - a strangely cathartic and healing experience.
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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
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InBrief: The Science of Neglect

Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more lasting harm to a young child's development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body's stress response. This edition of the InBrief series explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.
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