Laughter Is Good Medicine
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." goes a saying.
Science has finally caught up with these words.
The following report is from The Week magazine: "Laughter is good for your health—and now scientists know why. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that when 20 healthy volunteers smiled and guffawed while watching the comedy, Kingpin, their blood flow increased by 22 percent, about the same increase caused by aerobic exercise. But when volunteers watched tension-filled scenes from Saving Private Ryan, their blood flow decreased 35 percent.
"The researchers say that laughing apparently causes the endothelium, the tissue that lines blood vessels, to expand, which increases blood flow. Laughter may also improve arterial health by reducing mental stress, which constricts vessels and cuts blood flow. A healthy lifestyle—researcher Michael Miller tells New Scientist—would include 30 minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of hearty laughter each day."
Many people have a liking for window seat. For various reasons. For some it provides an out side view or fresh air or some extra elbow room. For some it provides logistical advantage. Should you need something from outside, you can easily get it- a bottle of soft drink from the hawker, for example. Some chose it so that they can sleep without worrying about where the head would be. Now, this is what one of my students wrote about window seat. “You know why I like the window seat? For that is the only time I see the world outside moving with me and not ahead of me...There is no race, for we are at the same pace.”
Follow the tradition, plant a tree
There is a tradition in many parts of the country to plant a tree between Rathyatra and bahuda (return Rathyatra). It is believed that trees planted in these days grow well and bear healthier fruit. The fact is, it usually rains consistently during these days and the sapling survives. Whatever be the reason, the tradition augurs well for the environment. So follow the tradition, plant a tree.
‘Green Economy’ is the latest buzz word. Everyone, remotely associated with environment related programmes is talking about it. Sunita Narain, editor Down to Earth asks two pertinent questions regarding Green Economy: What is true green economy? Does it mean the world will invest in technologies to green the current economy? Or will it seriously reinvent growth so that it is not driven by cheap consumption that is costing us the earth?
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