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For more than 30 years, psychologist Ming Kuo has studied the effects of nature on humans. She  became intrigued by the positive effects of nature after she started to dig into the data. “It’s only when you look at the patterns of what people are like with more and less access to nature that you start to see this pattern”.

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“Nature is like a multi-vitamin”
I have always felt this my own body!
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I highly recommend you listen to this fascinating podcast: LISTEN HERE
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Funny, entertaining and insightful:

1) Don’t multi-task, be present
2) Don’t pontificate
3) Use open ended questions
4) Go with the flow – thoughts will come into your mind let them flow out
5) If you don’t know, say you don’t know
6) Don’t equate your experience with theirs, it is not about you
7) Try not to repeat yourself
8) Stay out of the weeds
9) Listen – most important
10) Be brief

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SELF-Esteem. Thoughts?

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What if there was something you could right now that would have an immediate and long lasting positive benefit for your brain including mood and focus and it would also protect your brain from depression, Alzheimers and dementia, would you do it?

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I was really touched by this video of Mr. Rogers testifying before the Senate Committee to defend funding for the newly formed non-profit  PBS. Forty-nine years later his message is more relevant than ever.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch, it will warm your heart.

 

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Being a fitness trainer for most of my life I can be a little obsessive about being healthy, it’s actually more than a job for me, it’s my lifestyle. No one knows this better than my husband, who is under my watchful eye and the receiver of my constant advice, warnings and chastising! (Even though he doesn’t seem to hear me most of the time 😉

Every once in a while though he’ll start giving me health advice, he reads a book a friend suggests or listens to a podcast that catches his attention and suddenly he’s transformed into a health advocate like me. So lately all I’m hearing about is the importance of sleep.

I’m so happy he’s finally onboard! Okay, I admit I can’t help but feel just a teeny bit of irritation that he’s now giving me the same advice that I’ve been giving him for decades as if he’s just heard it for the first time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining! He’s finally going to bed earlier and making a concerted effort to get 8 hours a night. He’s not so exhausted after work and is in a much better mood overall. It’s actually been quite amazing!

So what had such a huge impact on my husband? He listened to this podcast (warning there is a bit of swearing, especially at the very beginning but then it dies down).

It’s an interview with Dr. Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Berkeley University and founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.

It’s fascinating and full of scientific facts about sleep, I highly recommend you take a listen.Or you can read all about it in his book Why We Sleep. You can get it at the library HERE

And here’s a short video I found:

Sweet Dreams!

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