Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life


 A woman jogs in the countryside with her dog. Photograph: Alamy 

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life

 The five healthy habits were defined as:

1-not smoking;
2-having a body mass index between 18.5 and 25;
3-taking at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day,
4-having no more than one 150ml glass of wine a day for women, or two for men; and
5-having a diet rich in items such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains and low in red meat, saturated fats and sugar.

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life

Major study calculates effect on lifespan of habits including healthy eating and not smoking

People who stick to five healthy habits in adulthood can add more than a decade to their lives, according to a major study into the impact behaviour has on lifespan. 

Researchers at Harvard University used lifestyle questionnaires and medical records from 123,000 volunteers to understand how much longer people lived if they followed a healthy diet, controlled their weight, took regular exercise, drank in moderation and did not smoke.

When the scientists calculated average life expectancy, they noticed a dramatic effect from the healthy habits. Compared with people who adopted none of them, men and women who adhered to all five saw their life expectancy at 50 rise from 26 to 38 years and 29 to 43 years respectively, or an extra 12 years for men and 14 for women.

“When we embarked on this study, I thought, of course, that people who adopted these habits would live longer. But the surprising thing was how huge the effect was,” said Meir Stampfer, a co-author on the study and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

The researchers performed the analysis in the hope of understanding why the US, which spends more on healthcare as a proportion of GDP than any other nation, ranks 31st in the world for life expectancy at birth. According to the World Health Organization, life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 76.9 and 81.6 years old for US men and women respectively. The equivalent figures for Britain are very similar at 79.4 and 83 years old.

The study, published in the journal Circulation, suggests poor lifestyle is a major factor that cuts American lives short. Only 8% of the general population followed all five healthy habits. The research focused on the US population, but Stampfer said the findings applied to the UK and much of the western world.

The five healthy habits were defined as not smoking; having a body mass index between 18.5 and 25; taking at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, having no more than one 150ml glass of wine a day for women, or two for men; and having a diet rich in items such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains and low in red meat, saturated fats and sugar.

Men and women who had such healthy lives were 82% less likely to die of heart disease and 65% less likely to die of cancer compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles, over the roughly 30 years of the study.

Given that the habits of a healthy lifestyle are well known, the mystery is why we are so bad at adopting them, said Stampfer. Part of the problem is that many people struggle to give up smoking, and the continuous peddling of unhealthy food, as well as poor urban planning, which can make it hard for people to exercise, also feed in, he said.

“I do think people need to step up and take some personal responsibility, but as a society we need to make it easier for people to do that,” he said.

“People can get stuck in a rut and think it’s too late to change their ways, but what we find is that when people do change their ways, we see remarkable benefits.”

Major study calculates effect on lifespan of habits including healthy eating and not smoking

Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population

Yanping Li, An Pan, Dong D. Wang, Xiaoran Liu, Klodian Dhana, Oscar H. Franco, Stephen Kaptoge, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Meir Stampfer, Walter C. Willett, Frank B. Hu


Background—Americans have a shorter life expectancy compared with residents of almost all other high-income countries. We aim to estimate the impact of lifestyle factors on premature mortality and life expectancy in the US population.

Methods—Using data from the Nurses' Health Study (1980-2014; n=78 865) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2014, n=44 354), we defined 5 low-risk lifestyle factors as never smoking, body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2, ≥30 min/d of moderate to vigorous physical activity, moderate alcohol intake, and a high diet quality score (upper 40%), and estimated hazard ratios for the association of total lifestyle score (0-5 scale) with mortality. We used data from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys; 2013-2014) to estimate the distribution of the lifestyle score and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WONDER database to derive the agespecific death rates of Americans. We applied the life table method to estimate life expectancy by levels of the lifestyle score.

Results—During up to 34 years of follow-up, we documented 42 167 deaths. The multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios for mortality in adults with 5 compared with zero low-risk factors were 0.26 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.22-0.31) for all-cause mortality, 0.35 (95% CI, 0.27-0.45) for cancer mortality, and 0.18 (95% CI, 0.12-0.26) for cardiovascular disease mortality. The population-attributable risk of nonadherence to 5 low-risk factors was 60.7% (95% CI, 53.6-66.7) for all-cause mortality, 51.7% (95% CI, 37.1-62.9) for cancer mortality, and 71.7% (95% CI, 58.1-81.0) for cardiovascular disease mortality. We estimated that the life expectancy at age 50 years was 29.0 years (95% CI, 28.3-29.8) for women and 25.5 years (95% CI, 24.7-26.2) for men who adopted zero low-risk lifestyle factors. In contrast, for those who adopted all 5 low-risk factors, we projected a life expectancy at age 50 years of 43.1 years (95% CI, 41.3-44.9) for women and 37.6 years (95% CI, 35.8-39.4) for men. The projected life expectancy at age 50 years was on average 14.0 years (95% CI, 11.8-16.2) longer among female Americans with 5 lowrisk factors compared with those with zero low-risk factors; for men, the difference was 12.2 years (95% CI, 10.1-14.2).

ConclusionsAdopting a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in US adults.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Meatless Days

Pick up some fresh greens from your local grocer or farmers market and enjoy an in-season today!

Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressants

Food is the most abused anxiety drug ..
Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressants #MentalHealth #Exercise

Empathy and Action


Be happy. Be who you want to be. If others don't like it, then let them be. Happiness is a choice. Life isn't about pleasing everybody.

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.

Today you are You, that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive who is Youer than you. 
~ Dr Seuss

Change is a Constant


How to Make Life More Positive: 

 •Smile more 
•Be yourself 
-Be optimistic 
-Don’t complain 
-Throw away clutter 
-Make a change/difference 
-Unfollow negative people on social media 
-Go to bed early and wake up early 
-Show more gratitude 
-Do things that challenge you

Always pray to have eyes that see the best, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. ~ Confucius
People who are well liked: 

1 ask for nothing 
2 laugh at themselves 
3 listen with interest 
4 rarely complain 
5 inspire others 
6 teach 
7 give 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Chinese Hearing Impaired Dancers--Thousand Hand Bodhisattva

As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart 
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid 
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart 
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others  

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the
Goddess of Mercy. 
Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. 
Guan means to
observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds,
specifically sounds of those who suffer.

Thus, Guan Yin is a
compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the
world who cry out for help. 

The bewitching performance of Thousand-hand Bodhisattva dance performed
at the 2005 CCTV Spring Festival Gala by 21 hearing impaired girls and
boys with the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe (CDPPAT) in
Beijing caused a nationwide sensation. 

The movements were of
breathtaking precision. The marvelous choreography, lavish costumes and
perfect lighting were a thrilling experience. 
The audience never
stopped wondering at the extraordinary accuracy of the 21 dancers'
"thousand hands" gesticulating as if they belonged to one body. 

dance was led by Tai lihua and choreographed and directed by Zhang
On September 28, 2004 at the Closing Ceremony of the 2004 Athens
Paralympic Games the eight-minute debut of Thousand-hand Bodhisattva as
a "theme song" wonderfully shocked the whole world.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

'Is This The Life We Really Want?' - Roger Waters


 Grammy nomination for 'Is This The Life We Really Want?' - Roger Waters

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Nigel Godrich, Sam Petts-Davies and Darrell Thorp, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Roger WatersVerified account @rogerwaters

English rock musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. Best known as bass player, co-lead vocalist, lyricist and principal songwriter in the rock band Pink Floyd.
Joined July 2012

Saturday, November 25, 2017

AveMaria by Caccini , Kanasashi Yoko(かなさし庸子) sings

Kanasashi Yoko , japanese Voice artist sings Caccini's AveMaria. She
sings Jazz standard,Classic,Japanese songs beyond music categories.

Barcarolle from 'Les contes d'Hoffmann' by Offenbach

Soprano Irina Iordachescu and mezzosoprano Cristina Iordachescu - Iordache - two sisters singing the Barcarolle from 'Les contes d'Hoffmann' by Offenbach, together with pianist Gonul Apdula, in the wonderful Concert Hall of 'The Sutu Palace' from Bucharest.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

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 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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Thinking of Charlie Munger:

The Thinking of Charlie Munger: Speeches, Quotes, Videos, Transcripts, and Book Recommendations

“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Systematically you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. Nevertheless, you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve.” — Charlie Munger
Charlie Munger is one of the great minds of the 20th century. Below is an attempt to capture that wisdom in one shareable place.

Charlie Munger






Book Recommendations

The wit and wisdom of Charlie Munger:

“It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”

“Just because you like it does not mean that the world will necessarily give it to you.”

“I try to get rid of people who always confidently answer questions about which they don’t have any real knowledge.”


Monday, September 25, 2017

The Hollow Men: What the end of the world looks like...

What the end of the world looks like...

The Hollow Men

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

by T. S. Eliot Written 1925