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Song for Autumn by Mary Oliver

In the deep fall don’t you imagine the leaves think how comfortable it will be to touch  the earth instead of the nothingness of the air and the endless freshets of wind? And don’t you think the trees, especially those with mossy hollows, are beginning to think of the birds that will come – six,... Continue Reading →

Can a quick hug help reduce stress?

A brief hug with a loved one reduces cortisol and helps women face stressful situations, says research. Social forms of touch are used in all cultures and have important functions in everyday life; shaking hands, greeting, demonstrating love and affection, or consoling and soothing. Previous research has found forms of touch such as massage or... Continue Reading →

What can older people do to boost brain function?

Simple physical activity supports cognitive abilities in later life, says study. We know staying in shape as we age is vital for our physical and emotional health. Keeping active also helps our brain to function better. Marissa Gogniat and colleagues from Georgia University designed a study to measure the effect of physical activity on cognitive... Continue Reading →

“ The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall die someday, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun.” ~ Richard Dawkins

Are optimists better at avoiding daily stresses?

Optimism doesn't influence how older men deal with negative situations, but it can help avoid everyday stresses, says research. A growing number of scientific studies have found a sunny outlook has benefits beyond enhancing our mood. For example, more optimistic people tend to live longer and experience better health than those with a more pessimistic... Continue Reading →

How does nature help prevent disease?

The immune system may be a significant pathway explaining how nature and the body work jointly to fight disease, says research. We all know roaming through woods, countryside or paddling in the sea is good for our wellbeing. Research has discovered that spending time in natural environments protects against chronic illnesses such as depression, diabetes,... Continue Reading →

Is gardening a tonic for better health?

"We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us", said the British biographer Jenny Uglow, and she could be right. In England, 64% of people aged 45-64 report spending some of their free time tending a garden. Ask them why and a typical response might... Continue Reading →

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