“Having a purpose and knowing exactly what your values are will add additional years to your life.”
Hey Folks. I just read an incredibly interesting article by Dan Buettner with the title, Making Creative Altruism a Part of Every Day Life. Dr. Martin Luther King used the term “Creative Altruism” and he said, “These two words stand out; joined at their hip, they form a close-knit brother and sister relationship advancing humanity, no matter what the benevolent cause. More than ever our world needs creative altruism.”
Of course, I recommend pretty much anything that Dan Buettner writes because so much of what he says makes sense. Our disconnect from nature and dependence on technology in my mind is not helping us overall as a society. We are more socially isolated than we ever have been and it is not looking good that it will get any better,
Although the article is short, you will find several links at the bottom of the article to other pieces that he has written telling us how to lead a more purposeful life. I suggest that you take some time to dig a little deeper into what he has to say. You won’t regret it.
“Walking is the only way proven to stave off cognitive decline – it works.”
Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner sends out via e-mail many different articles that relate to well being and reducing stress so that you can live a longer and more productive life. Yesterday, I received a link to an article that described “Forest Bathing.” Anyone that hikes will read this article and have several “AHA” Moments.
For those of us who do hike, we already know the benefits of being out in the woods. Of being out early in the morning and hearing nothing but the wind blowing through the trees, the squirrels and chipmunks running across the forest floor and the sound of your own breathing and feet striking the earth on the trail.
For me, it is incredibly reassuring. It also helps to clear my mind of all of the negative nonsense and grounds me.
So copy and paste the link below into your browser and read the article. You will be amazed that what we have been doing as hikers and known for so many years could be so beneficial.
***Apparently something is up with the link. Follow it to the Blue Zones page and just enter Forest Bathing. I apologize for the inconvenience.
“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”
Not that those of us who hike/walk have to be told, but check out the link below for some great information on the benefits of walking. It fascinates me that an activity as simple as walking can have such a profound effect on your overall health.
Happy reading and as always, Happy Hiking!!!