Archive | March, 2015

We are not our brain

Most neuroscientists believe that we are our brain, and that when our body dies, along with the brain, so do we. Through functional MRIs neuroscientists attempt to determine which parts of the brain, and even which neurons, are responsible for such things as thinking, emotions and belief in a higher being called God. At the […]

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Life after retirement should include people

A major cause of health problems after retirement is the loss of social connections with co-workers. A 2013 London-based report suggests that retirement can cause depression, mobility issues, diabetes, hypertension, and decreased mental abilities. People who don’t retire completely are generally better both physically and mentally. People who feel lonely are twice as likely to […]

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Volunteering can extend your life

In 1999, for instance, scientists tracked 2025 Californians aged 55 and older, for five years and found that those who volunteered for two or more organizations were 63% less likely to die during the study than those who didn’t volunteer. And those who volunteered for only one organization lowered their mortality rate by 26%. An […]

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Increasing performance with plants

The more we gravitate toward the cities and hole up in our offices, the more we withdraw from nature and its largely unrecognized or unappreciated benefits. Studies have shown that the presence of potted plants, for example, improves productivity, creativity, performance and learning ability. In the case of schools, the presence of plants improved scores […]

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Eat a hearty breakfast

Skipping breakfast frequently results in unhealthy snacking throughout the day and overeating at lunchtime. Skipping breakfast has been linked to health risks such as high blood pressure, unhealthy assortment of blood-fats, and obesity. Forbes magazine reported on a Harvard study of nearly 27,000 men, 45-82 years old over a period of about 16 years. Men […]

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