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 »