Sharing is Healthy

Here’s a cool article on how sharing makes you happy and contributes to overall health.

From the good people at dailygood.org:

One silver lining in dark economic times is that as people learn to make do with less, they are discovering the many benefits of sharing. New psychological research suggests that sharing fosters trust and cooperation in the community and contributes to personal well-being. Researchers are finding that sharing impacts people in the very specific ways that are closely linked to increased happiness. These include effects such as improved physical health, increased levels of trust, causes for gratitude, opportunities for cooperation, and more. Here are 7 ways sharing can make you happy.

Read the full article here.

Being Extraordinary

The following were inspired by Landmark Education’s seminar on Being Extraordinary.  Follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll always be extraordinary.

Keep Your Integrity – always do what you say you’ll do, or clean it up as soon as you realize you cannot.

Manage Your Ego – Catch yourself having to be right, to win, to have the better story; mostly shut up and listen.

Allow Peacefulness – Stop convincing yourself there’s something wrong.

Be Powerful – Communicate clearly, respectfully and responsibly. Represent what you stand for.

Be Courageous – Feel your fear and act anyway.

Be Inspiring – Share yourself in a way that others are moved.

Be Charismatic – Allow yourself to be fully present to all of life. Say “yes” every chance you get.

The Most Important Foods to Eat Organic

According to our good friends at the Environmental Working Group, the foods that usually contain the most pesticides, and therefore you’d most want to buy/eat organic, are (in order of worst to least worst but still bad… the so called “dirty dozen”):

Apples
Celery
Strawberries
Peaches
Spinach
Nectarines ( imported)
Grapes (imported)
Sweet bell peppers
Potatoes
Blueberries (domestic)
Lettuce
Kale/collard greens

Read more about this on their website here.

Before You Know What Kindness Really Is

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

–Naomi Shihab Nye, from The Words Under the Words

Gratitude Scientifically Proven to Improve Health

According to Robert Emmons, a scientific expert on gratitude, people who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, feel happier and more optimistic, and are more generous and compassionate. In this article, Dr. Emmons explores why gratitude does us so much good, brings to light the obstacles to practicing gratitude, and offers steps to leading a more grateful life.

Exercise as Medicine

Cindy Gerstner, 42, strapped her feet into a rowing machine and began gliding back and forth with all the energy she could muster. This wasn’t just a workout for Gerstner, whose stage 4 breast cancer has spread to her brain, lungs, bones and liver. It was a 40-minute dose of medicine.

“It’s part of my treatment plan,” said Gerstner, a member of Recovery on Water, a crew team made up of breast cancer patients and survivors who believe exercise is a powerful tool to help keep cancer at bay. “It’s almost as important as chemotherapy in helping me stay on this earth as long as possible.”

Read the rest of this great article from Life Extension.

Can Exercise Make Kids Smarter

Past studies from the University of Illinois found that “just 20 minutes of walking” before a test raised children’s scores, even if the children were otherwise unfit or overweight, says Charles Hillman, a professor of kinesiology at the university and the senior author of many of the recent studies.  But it’s the neurological impact of sustained aerobic fitness in young people that is especially compelling….

Read more of this interesting article from the NY Times

Mixed Message?

Organics in the Strip

We had a great time today checking out the three-week-old Public Market in the Strip. What a pleasant surprise!  We made some great friends, including the folks from Horizon View Farms and Green Circle Farm, who have great vegetables, goat’s milk, cheese, yogurt, organic/grass-fed beef and lamb and much more.

The Pittsburgh Public Market is on Smallman Street at 17th Street.

The hours are:

Fri:  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How Much Caffeine in a Cup of Coffee, Tea, Cola or Chocolate Bar?

Excellent information about the relative amounts of caffeine in various foods, beverages, etc.

Find it here!

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