How great would it be if we could walk into any store and buy lifelong happiness? It’s actually not that hard to do—as long as whatever we buy is meant for someone other than ourself.
Research suggests that when we give to others, it makes us happy—even happier than if we spent money on ourselves. And when kindness is given, it creates a cycle that promotes lasting happiness and altruism. Thus, when you engage in a kind deed, you feel happier and the happier you are, the more likely you are to do another kind act.… Read more »
Many people receive pets as a gift during the holidays. Maybe you saw a cute kitten during your holiday shopping spree or your child has wanted a puppy for months. Holiday movies, television programs, and advertisements seem to make it seem like the best time to give a pet is under the tree on Christmas morning. However, not all Christmas pets live up to the hype and bringing a new animal into the home during a chaotic holiday season can lead to just the opposite of a positive beginning for the pet and the family.… Read more »
At a time when people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening medium that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities. Music has been used in healing practices throughout history, with many examples of the healing powers of music in the historical records of different cultures.
Music therapy is an established health profession that has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.… Read more »
Today is Equality Now Day. Founded in 1992, the mission of this day is to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls. The United Nations recognizes that harmful practices are forms of violence based on discrimination and committed primarily against women and girls. Because these practices have been committed for so long in so many communities across the world (including the United States), they have become normalized as accepted social practice. However, they deny women and girls their dignity and integrity as individuals and they are a violation of human rights.… Read more »
Did Descartes have it backwards? We often envision our brains as “computers” that tell our bodies what to do and we assume that our moods are determined by how our brains process what we experience. Happiness, then, should come from thinking happy thoughts. But research is showing that is not necessarily true. Instead, our bodies (and what we do with them) can profoundly influence our mood. For example, a brisk five-minute walk can do more to our improve moods than just thinking positive thoughts.… Read more »
Water problems affect half of humanity. Many of us think contaminated water or lack of access to clean water is someone else’s concern. However, access to clean drinking water is an ever-increasing problem that affects us all, no matter where we live. Did you know that an American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country’s slum area uses in an entire day? A person can live for weeks without food but only a few days without water. … Read more »
The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability. The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.
Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has created a Call To Action: Creating a Culture of Health. This bold report calls on hospitals to be leaders in creating a culture of health by focusing on employee health and wellness. Current practices used by hospitals today with their employees, examples of best practices, and recommendations on how to accomplish this culture of health are provided. Visit the American Hospital Association’s web site to read the full report.… Read more »
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in feeling creates love. (Lao Tzu)
When tragedy strikes or disaster occurs, people often join together to help one another and exhibit kindness. However, a few days later, they typically return to life’s normal routines and that extra dose of kindness sadly disappears.
Kindness shows others that they count. Originally associated with Anne Hebert, who is said to have coined the saying “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty,” this concept has become an organized celebration around the world.… Read more »
The holiday season is a time of festivities, friends, family, food, and (hopefully), fun! Yet this time of year can also bring with it excesses that can harm the environment. For example, over 85 million tons of wrapping paper are used in the United States throughout the year, much of it at Christmas. Approximately 25 to 30 million live Christmas trees are purchased in the United States, and another 6 million are purchased in the United Kingdom. Many of these trees end up incinerated or in landfills after the holidays.… Read more »