Friendship: why becoming a social butterfly is good for you

The science behind healthy relationships and how it affects our health—life long

“I can never forgive him.”

Haven’t we all said this at some point in our lives? I have. I am not talking about being mugged or assaulted by a stranger—I’m referring to being wronged by a friend or relative—someone from our inner circle, someone we trust, someone we love. Next thing, we cut them from our lives—break contact, stop visiting, and withdraw.

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Image: Seth Doyle – unsplash.com – friends talking on path with bicycle

Ode to a mother

Why did we even bother celebrating Mother’s Day?

Mother.

One of the strongest and most profound words in any language. Able to stand as a single word in its own right. Stand bold and fearless. Mother: the embodiment of feminine, of love, of compassion, of resilience and of strength.

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Be bold: beat dementia and Alzheimer’s disease!

What you can do to reduce your risk

You are dead wrong if you think only old people get dementia.

By the time you finish reading this article, at least 120 people will have developed the disease, (five of them in the US), since every 3 seconds, someone in the world gets dementia.

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Image Joshua Sortino – www.unsplash.com – runner, sunrise, mountain, victory

Let’s stop the masquerading, let’s be brave, and remove our masks

What do we really stand for?

Validation.

We crave it. The urge to belong. To be accepted. I’ll do anything, we say—literally anything, to proof to the world that I matter. That I’m not insignificant, not a failure, a non-achiever—a nobody.

“I’m somebody of value!” You cry.

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Image: Mia Powterr – pixabay.com

Become an intentional bookworm and save your life

And, in between discovering the super-powers of reading, do some push ups - (PART I)

Reading, writing and arithmetic.

The three R’s: the basics of education. It was believed if you teach people to read, to write and to calculate, they’ll become civilized. They will be able to rise above insignificance, be good workers, become good citizens. If it only was that simple.

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Image by Hieu Le – unsplash.com

Going on a wild goose chase

5 Life lessons I learned from following a pair of Canada geese

It caught everybody by surprise: the snow.

Even the birds were caught off guard on April 1st. And they always know—the Canada geese. When you hear their first honk-honk in late winter, even with snow on the ground, and never mind what the groundhog had to say, it means one thing: spring is on its way. I encountered this pair of geese a few days ago, and followed them down a little path, wondering whether I was wasting my time.

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How worried should you be? Your doctor doesn’t care (anymore)

Why we arrived at this conundrum and how we can escape it

This was bound to happen. Nobody cares.

It isn’t breaking news, not with us heading into the second quarter of 2016. Look around you. Watch the news. Politicians make empty promises, even blatant lies, spewing contempt at their followers and get applauded; knowing they won’t be held accountable. Investors and financial institutions in the West and autocratic leaders in the Third World plunder their countries’ economies (time and again) and they walk away unscathed, and are even rewarded.

 

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Unsplash – Jared Erondu

The fastest 100-year old in the world

10 things we can learn from a centenarian who set 5 track and field records in 2015

Mr. Don Pellmann, who had turned 100 in August 2015, set five world records a month later. He became the world’s fastest centenarian. He ran the 100-meter dash in under 27 seconds at the San Diego masters Olympics, shaving three seconds off the previous record by the now 105-year old Hidekichi Miyazaki.

It was a blistering hot day (37 Celsius) and Mr. Pellmann expressed disappointment with his performance of the day: he had apparently “botched” the pole vault event, in spite of his five records. He was unsuccessful to clear the pole in the three tries allowed.  “I thought I was in better shape,” he lamented.

Mr. Don Pellmann in the red

Mr. Don Pellmann in the red