Maybe now is the time to start thinking, or re-thinking, leisure time.
Authentic leisure is good for everyone. It's not just revitalizing; it's healthy. But to make the most of leisure it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of the term, which means not only to be free from the demands of routine work (even for just a weekend), but also to be mentally still and reflective.
Typical of David Brooks, journalist, author, and social, political, and philosophical commentator, he has written a beautiful piece in his recent NYT column, “The Prodigal Sons” (New York Times, February 18, 2014). Referencing Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son*, Mr. Brooks conveys the idea that the social health of society is improved when we are neither morally wanton in our ways (the younger son in the parable) nor morally self-righteous (the elder son). It is a great and quick read if you are not familiar with the parable. The ideal is the father of the two sons, who is constant in his forgiveness and inclusion of both, and of all around him.
Alivia en la soledad y la tristeza, tranquiliza en situaciones estresantes, aumenta el rendimiento laboral y hasta cura ciertas enfermedades. La importancia de vivir envuelto en música, un bálsamo para el espíritu.
Desde los tiempos más remotos, la música ha sido una aliada para aquellos que estaban sumidos en la tristeza, soledad o enfrentando malas situaciones. El escenario que prepara la música generalmente transmite imágenes armoniosas, llenas de paz, alegría y entusiasmo, que hacen que el corazón vibre y se renueve.
Eight hours or four hours? Naps or not? What do we believe about sleep and how much we need? We all have personal experiences and opinions about it. And, millions of people suffer from sleep deprivation, leading many to seek medical prescriptions to help them sleep better.
¿Alguna vez has imaginado como sería el mundo si no existieran los contagios? Quizás imagines que estaríamos exentos de contraer una enfermedad o más aún, dejarías de escuchar expresiones como “no te acerques, si estás resfriado”, o tal vez, tampoco utilizarías una mascarilla para visitar a un recién nacido, para no contagiarlo. Innumerables situaciones de la vida cotidiana, pasarían a ser ajenas a tu actual forma de pensar.
Stigmas of all sorts have bedevilled humanity for millennia and helped write history. So could they possibly be conquered by something as simple as love? Well, yes - they sometimes have been. Think of Martin Luther King Jr leading the civil rights movement in the USA or Nelson Mandela spearheading the anti-apartheid transition in South Africa.
I have mixed feelings about the popular movie Anger Management (2003) and its current TV spinoff. I do think humor is an effective anecdote to toxic anger (more on that below), but I take issue with the idea that we have to negotiate with anger through efforts to "manage" it. Why not just banish it?
Anger has no place in a healthy lifestyle. None. Even annoyance, or "anger lite," can and should be eliminated.
Dieting trends and fads seem to be as numerous as the stars. Yet watching food intake, exercise and counting calories in whatever dietary form that might take is not all that can be done to be healthier and to lose weight. Watching how you think about self-image – mental dieting – has emotional and physical benefits too.