“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” — Isaac Asimov The Longevity Project Over 1,500 of the most promising and brightest boys and girls were recruited in 1921 by Lewis Terman. Unfortunately, he died in 1956, but the study continued for decades afterwards. All participantsContinue reading “The 10 Truths of Longevity”
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Harvard University studied 700 People’s Health and Happiness from their Teen Years Until They Died
Here Are 10 Fascinating Findings from the Study The Harvard Study of Adult Development began in 1938. It is sometimes also called ‘The Grant Study’. This longitudinal prospective study aimed to identify predictors of healthy ageing in real-time. For 79 years, it has examined the lives of 268 physically and mentally healthy Harvard college sophomoresContinue reading “Harvard University studied 700 People’s Health and Happiness from their Teen Years Until They Died”
Is Vanuatu the Happiest Country in the World?
The latest Happy Planet Index puts Vanuatu second in the world in terms of sustainable well-being. To determine a country’s score on the Happy Planet Index, they look at a country’s well-being, multiplied by their life expectancy and then divided by their ecological footprint. The only country with a better Happy Planet Index score isContinue reading “Is Vanuatu the Happiest Country in the World?”
The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19
Initially, the pandemic had a significant and negative impact on our mental health. Here is some data that looked at self-reported levels of distress, anxiety, and depression across the USA in 2020: As you can see, anxiety, depression and distress all spiked in March and April but remained relatively consistent from June 2020 to JanuaryContinue reading “The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19”
What Qualities Do You Try to Teach Your Children?
Deep in the World Values Survey results, there are some really interesting findings to me based on how people from each country answered questions. Some of the most fascinating ones were around values that parents consider important in trying to pass on to their children. There were 11 values that parents were asked about, andContinue reading “What Qualities Do You Try to Teach Your Children?”
Feeling Burnt Out? What Would Happen if We Worked Less?
However you decide to manage your workload, please understand that working long hours without regular breaks is not sustainable. We can address this by working fewer hours in a day or fewer days in a week. Or we can merely get up from the desk and walk around a bit more when you notice that your productivity and energy levels are dropping. Getting outside for lunch and away from screens can also help.
Things You Can Do to Stay Mentally Healthy During Self-Isolation
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now being told that the most helpful thing we can do is stay at home and remain physically distant from others. Unless you are in an essential profession, this could be a time to slow down. To check in with those that you care most about. To chat for longer and to connect emotionally. To reflect on your life and rediscover what really matters to you. To hope and dream and plan for a better future. And to try things that you otherwise may not have had the chance or the time to do.
10 Things You Need to Know About Adverse Childhood Experiences
1. There are 10 categories of experience that are considered to have adverse consequences on the later development of children These include: Abuse: Emotional Physical Sexual Neglect: Emotional Physical Household Dysfunction: Domestic Violence Substance Abuse Mental Illness Parental Separation/Divorce Crime 2. It is possible to determine your own Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score The ACEContinue reading “10 Things You Need to Know About Adverse Childhood Experiences”
How Should We Define Success As A Nation?
The Olympic Slide Following the completion of the Rio Olympic Games, a theme of concern became evident across the various media platforms in Australia. Our overall medal tally at the Olympic Games has declined since its peak of 58 in Sydney in 2000, with 49 in Athens in 2004, 46 in Beijing in 2008, 35 inContinue reading “How Should We Define Success As A Nation?”
Angry Boys Become Angry Men: The Constraints and Consequences of Idealising Hyper-Masculinity
The messages that we deliver to boys about what it means to be a man can have a powerful impact on who they become I recently watched a fascinating documentary on Netflix titled ‘The Mask You Live In’ about the American masculine ideal and the consequences of teaching boys not to value emotions, sensitivity, connection, caring,Continue reading “Angry Boys Become Angry Men: The Constraints and Consequences of Idealising Hyper-Masculinity”