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I Close The Top Of The Laptop On The Kitchen Table, And Turn To HR, “it’s done, Yo!” HR turns to me, “huh?” I reply as I look out the window, “the program to convert people to interdependent robots, Yo.” #humansAF (2.5k)

I Close The Top Of The Laptop On The Kitchen Table, And Turn To HR, “it’s done, Yo!” HR turns to me, “huh?” I reply as I look out the window, “the program to convert people to interdependent robots, Yo.” #humansAF (2.5k)

Good genes are nice, but joy is better

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Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier

When scientists began tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression, they hoped the longitudinal study would reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives.

They got more than they wanted.

After following the surviving Crimson men for nearly 80 years as part of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the world’s longest studies of adult life, researchers have collected a cornucopia of data on their physical and mental health.

Of the original Harvard cohort recruited as part of the Grant Study, only 19 are still alive, all in their mid-90s. Among the original recruits were eventual President John F. Kennedy and longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. (Women weren’t in the original study because the College was still all male.)

In addition, scientists eventually expanded their research to include the men’s offspring, who now number 1,300 and are in their 50s and 60s, to find out how early-life experiences affect health and aging over time. Some participants went on to become successful businessmen, doctors, lawyers, while others ended up as schizophrenics or alcoholics, but not on inevitable tracks.

During the intervening decades, the control groups have expanded. In the 1970s, 456 Boston inner-city residents were enlisted as part of the Glueck Study, and 40 of them are still alive. More than a decade ago, researchers began including wives in the Grant and Glueck studies.

Over the years, researchers have studied the participants’ health trajectories and their broader lives, including their triumphs and failures in careers and marriage, and the finding have produced startling lessons, and not only for the researchers.

“The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”

“The people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80,” said Robert Waldinger with his wife Jennifer Stone. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes. That finding proved true across the board among both the Harvard men and the inner-city participants.

The long-term research has received funding from private foundations, but has been financed largely by grants from the National Institutes of Health, first through the National Institute of Mental Health, and more recently through the National Institute on Aging.

Researchers who have pored through data, including vast medical records and hundreds of in-person interviews and questionnaires, found a strong correlation between men’s flourishing lives and their relationships with family, friends, and community. Several studies found that people’s level of satisfaction with their relationships at age 50 was a better predictor of physical health than their cholesterol levels were.

“When we gathered together everything we knew about them about at age 50, it wasn’t their middle-age cholesterol levels that predicted how they were going to grow old,” said Waldinger in a popular TED Talk. “It was how satisfied they were in their relationships. The people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80.”

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone — but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

He recorded his TED talk, titled “What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness,” in 2015, and it has been viewed 13,000,000 times.

The researchers also found that marital satisfaction has a protective effect on people’s mental health.

“What are you talking about?”, HR asks me as she puts the #palmotiasAF into the #microndaAF.

“You didn’t know?”, I reply to HR as I pull the #mayonesaAF out of the #refrigeradorAF, “I’ve been watching you and changing the program; updating the code; it’s perfect; you are the experiment; now, to test it, Yo.”

“Huh?”, HR replies as she pulls the #palomitasAF out of the microwave, “how are you going to do that?”

“I’m not going to tell you”, I reply to her as I pull the loaf of bread out of the pantry, “but, you’ll know when it happens. Just do this one thing. Wait until the last moment before you give up then change. Ok?”

“Hey!”, HR replies as she puts a handful of #palmoitasAF into her mouth, “I’m thinking of starting a home based freelancing business, Yo. Like you, dad.”

“Give up”, I reply to HR as I spread a layer of #mayonesaAF on to the bread, “you’ve already lost. Get a job. The secret is to find a retainer or some recurring regular income that you can count on–look at pimping out your skills or applying for a regular stipend at school. You, I think, are just avoiding getting a job ’cause you’re too headstrong and don’t want someone to tell you what to do. But, the thing is that you need to start there to get experience, then wait 10 years and start the freelance business–look for a salaried position, first.  It’s basically working welfare but you’re going to get experience.  The other option is to harass, I mean contact, different businesses to see if you can find a sponsor.  Actually, I recommend this–can you call that company that makes the shoes you are always wearing.  Maybe they will sponsor you to keep wearing shoes and sharing your story on your videotelepathy account to your friends?”

“Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”

Scientists Assert That Ultra-Heavy Blankets Actually Reduce Stress and Anxiety

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The Science of Sleep and Stress

Today, we are healing and augmenting the human body in ways that science fiction writers used to dream about. However, we still have a long way to go.

In the United States alone, roughly 10% of the population is affected by a sleep disorder, and a staggering 18% of the population lives with an anxiety disorder. More than 11 million people suffer from ADHD. And this is just the beginning of the problem.

Fortunately, there is a solution that you can use today while scientists continue to work on the cures of tomorrow.

It’s called proprioceptive input (also known as “deep touch pressure stimulation”). It works by activating pressure points across your body. This relaxes the nervous system by increasing serotonin and melatonin levels while decreasing cortisol levels. In this respect, research into proprioceptive input shows that deep pressure stimulation produces a calming influence—one that decreases stress, improves sleep, and boosts mental health.

One of the most effective ways of getting this proprioceptive input? A weighted blanket.

Harnessing the Power of Gravity

For decades, weighted blankets have been used by individuals in the medical community in order to reduce stress and anxiety (and to assist individuals with ailments such as autism, MS, and PTSD). In fact, in an interview with Futurism, Amber Martin, an occupational therapist with a M.S. degree from Utica College, noted that deep pressure stimulation is the most effective method of assisting individuals in her therapy sessions.

“Un poco coco loco”, says the cocodrilo as he smiles his big toothy smile; get ready, he thinks and I get the message on my videotelepathy device.

I wake up; I gotta stop eating before bed, I think; and, relax on the junk food, my wife thinks to me from next to me in bed.

My videotelepathy device rings (for real this time);


“I’m sorry Bruuce”, I reply as I look over at my wife, “I’m in a tunnel CRCRCRCRRCRCRCRCRCRCRCRRCRCRRC”

“Aye Jamie”, Bruuce replies as he keeps talking, “I’m lost.”

“How can you be lost, Bruuce?”, I reply as I turn my head to the fall wall in the bedroom, “you are right there, Yo. But, ok, go on?”

“Yeah”, Bruuce replies as I sigh, “I have to get to RNGD Stadium to watch the futbol game in 2 hours. Do you know the way?”

“Yes”, I reply as I look back to my wife who now has fallen back to sleep, “take a stick, shove it up your ass, become a witch and fly there.”

I stop zoning out.

“Yes”, I reply to Bruuce, “you got two ways to get there:

1. Wait for the 1852 bus. It will take you directly there.

2. See what bus is going that way next; you can find a transport that will get you near and then you can walk; get some help plus a little effort on your part, and you will arrive.

“Thanks Jamie”, Bruuce replies as I start to close my videotelepathy device, “did I tell you that you are super handsome, very intelligent and popular with people cause you’re so darn amazing?”

I roll my eyes and look over at my wife who is asleep; she misses all my good jokes, I think; no, I don’t, she thinks back to me as I see a smile form on her face.

I Moved To This Himalayan Village From A City And Here Is How It Has Changed Me Forever

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Haven’t we all thought of moving to the Himalayas at least once in our life? I mean who would not want to lead a simple, peaceful life amidst the glorious nature, along with kind mountain people. A vacation to the mountains was never enough for me, so with my remote job, I decided to move my base from Pune in Maharashtra to Rakkar Village in Himachal Pradesh.

I spent four fascinating months of my life at that place and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I realised how easy it is for us to live in a city, with all the things we take for granted on a daily basis. I learned how much we need to take some time off from the chaos of life and make time to do things we love. Most importantly, I got to live the bliss of childhood again when outdoors won over indoors any day. This quaint little mountain village has set the bar way too high for any other place I would ever choose to live.

There are so many things about living the mountain life, that I fell in absolute love with. Some of them are:

The pollution-free serene environment

The peace of a small village against the backdrop of the snow-clad mighty Dhauladhar range is my idea of paradise, and this place is exactly that. The fresh air here has the scent of the forest, and after Delhi, when you reach here the difference will be apparent. The villagers make sure their life is in sync with nature, not built at the cost of it. You are going to be surrounded by forests, meadows, paddy farms, mountains, flowing stream and a sky full of stars in the night.

The slow pace of village life

Village people have the routine of winners. The mad rush of the city takes a back seat when you are here. In the morning when you wake up, you will see villagers getting busy with their daily chores. A monk might pass you by or if your eyes meet his, he might even give you a smile. Everybody here has time for a cup of tea and a nice little chat. No traffic, no honking and nobody is in a hurry to be anywhere. That village is it and that’s where they are already. They wake up as early as 4am and go to bed, not beyond 9pm ever. I had a hard time adjusting to it given the night owl that I am, but eventually, I started waking up early too. I realised how much more I was able to achieve when I woke up early. Now I have reached a point where I cannot get up late even on a weekend.

The freshest organic food straight from the farm

Pahadi food includes simple dal and rice. No matter where you are in Himachal, you will always find a dhaba selling this tasty combo. The vegetables are fresh and straight from numerous organic farms around the village. There are a huge number of Tibetans settled here and the special ingredients they use to cook their local cuisines are easily available too. I have tasted the Tibetan cuisine in Rakkar village and I fell in love with it.

Drinking water straight from the tap

There was an ice-cold river flowing right behind my house. It is one of the cleanest rivers I have seen in my life. There is never a water-shortage in the village. I saw people drinking tap water even though there was a filter around. On enquiring, they said the water comes from the river to the faucet and since the river is always flowing, the water is fresh and full of natural minerals. I drank from the tap that day on and I never had any problems.

Most picturesque quiet reading spots

This place is straight out of my childhood fantasy. There are so many beautiful scenic spots you can sit and get lost in. My favourite spots were near the river, in the ample rice farms, a clearing in the forest with the river in view and a drive up to the point from where you could literally have the aerial view of the place. When I was feeling lazy, I would just step out onto the balcony or go up to the roof and be awed by magnificent mountains around.

The active lifestyle of mountain people

I was a lazy person of the highest order. The comfort of the city doesn’t require us to move even a little. We can order-in food, groceries, clothes and anything we need is just a click-away. This came as a shock when I moved here. You just cannot afford to be a couch-potato here. Without Ola and Uber or even an auto-rickshaw at your disposal, walking becomes necessary. And with so much of beauty around to enjoy, the walk seems effortless.

Learning to live the life ground-up

You have to do everything on your own here.