I implemented google font api on my site and I love it. This is really cool. I am hoping they will expand their font palette soon to include some more stylized fonts. Have used lobster for this post and Droid Sans in the left sidebar.
Boost your chances of Survival by 50 Percent: Go social!
Their is a strong relation between relationship and long and healthy life.
Not that this fact needs a very strong scientific expostulation to prove its veracity, Scientific American cites a research that exactly does that. Reminds me of the Okinawans and the example in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outlier about the Italian Rosetans who settled in the USA. They do tell us that socialising and the social fabric are also very important for a good life apart from other hygiene factors-diet, life style, positive outlook, et al.
My moot point here is if social media helping us to have a much better social life. On a somber note the article mentions-“Despite the hyperconnected era of Facebook friends and Blackberry messaging, social isolation is on the rise. More people than not report not having a single person they feel that they can confide in—up threefold from 20 years ago”.
The article certainly makes for an interesting read. To read the complete piece, follow the link- http://bit.ly/ak0iyZ
The campaign was so brilliantly executed and I had so much wanted this one to succeed. After initial reports that the campaign was not helping sales, it was nice to know that the campaign has bumped up the sales of Old Spice.
New research in psychological science supports what many of us have known for a long time — that being outdoors, enjoying nature, is beneficial for mental health and psychological development.
“Many people,” says Dr. Eeva Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla, “feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know that there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature.”
Forests — and other natural, green settings — can reduce stress, improve moods, reduce anger and aggressiveness and increase overall happiness.
Forest visits may also strengthen our immune system by increasing the activity and number of natural killer cells that destroy cancer cells.
Many studies show that after stressful or concentration-demanding situations, people recover faster and better in natural environments than in urban settings.
Blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the level of “stress hormones” all decrease faster in natural settings.
Depression, anger and aggressiveness are reduced in green environments and ADHD symptoms in children reduce when they play in green settings.
In addition to mental and emotional well-being, more than half of the most commonly prescribed drugs include compounds derived from nature – for example Taxol, used against ovarian and breast cancer, is derived from yew trees, while Xylitol, which can inhibit caries, is produced from hardwood bark.
Dr. Karjalainen will coordinate a session on the health benefits of forests at the 2010 IUFRO World Forestry Congress in Seoul.
“Preserving green areas and trees in cities is very important to help people recover from stress, maintain health and cure diseases. There is also monetary value in improving people’s working ability and reducing health care costs,” she says.