Ten Tips From A Shaolin Monk On How To Stay Young Forever By: Shifu Yan Lei, Guest People always say health is the most important thing but how many people live by this belief? We need to start today. In order to help us stay on the path to health I have translated an extract from one of the Shaolin Classics. Written by a monk who was a great martial artist and scholar, here he gives advice to lay people as to how to stay young and healthy. Ten Tips From A Shaolin Monk On How To Stay Young 1) Don’t think too much. 2) Don’t talk too much. 3) When you work, work for 40 minutes then stop for 10 minutes. 4) When you are happy, you need to control your happiness, if you lose control then you damage your lung energy. 5) Don’t worry too much or get angry because this damages your liver and your intestines. 6) When you eat food don’t eat too much, always make sure you are not quite full as this can damage your spleen. 7) When you do things, take your time, don’t hurry too much. 10) Shaolin Gong Fu gives you everything. About the Author
New Study: The Healing Power of Cuddling Is there anyone who doesn’t like cuddling? On the physical affection spectrum, it may not be an all-star, but it’s definitely a winner in terms of improving our health and well-being. Besides the obvious physical pleasure of cuddling, there is a brain chemistry reaction that has far reaching effects. All those warm fuzzy feelings are nothing compared to the benefits we get from the release of the hormone Oxytocin. The next time you hold someone close, take a deep breath and let it go. Ever have that feeling that nothing can hurt you because you’re so in love? When our brains release oxytocin, we are more likely to have an optimistic outlook about connecting with others, better self-esteem and an easier time trusting those around us. Too much cortisol is bad news—for our moods, our weight and our hearts. We hear all the time that inflammation is unhealthy and increases the aging process. Studies show that snuggling doesn’t have to be with our fellow humans to increase oxytocin.
24 Rules For Being A Human Being In 2014 The lovely Chelsea Fagan outlined some rules for ladies and gentlemen to reach their best selves in 2014, and in light of that, I’d like to chime in, to generally blanket over everyone inclusively, as the art of being a good person begins with, first and foremost, recognizing yourself as a human being before anything else. 1. Learn to be okay with not being okay. 2. Learn to have conversations that do not consist of lambasting someone else, especially when that someone is you. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Want more life changing lists?
How Our Ancestors Used to Sleep Twice a Night 8 hour sleeping is a modern invention. Imagine you are a denizen of the 18th century. It’s just past 8:30 P.M., you’ve got your night-cap on. You blow out your candles and fall asleep to the smell of the wax and the wick, which gently fills the air around your bed. Some hours pass. 2:30 AM. Back in those times, we slept twice a night, getting up for an hour or two for recreation before heading back to bed until dawn. From Slumberwise.com: The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, professor of History at Virginia Tech.His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk. The science seems to back up our history books. They began to have two sleeps.Over a twelve hour period, the participants would typically sleep for about four or five hours initially, then wake for several hours, then sleep again until morning. But we can’t go back to a pre-electric lifestyle of early-to-bed, early-to-rise. “The point is that time is not neutral.
10 Steps to Get Ready for the Global EcoVillage Movement This article was originally published on Valhalla's website, at Project Nuevo Mundo is a new platform that will be connecting People and Impact Centres. Their plan is to promote resource sharing online and on the ground to promote community and sustainability! They currently have a campaign on indiegogo to raise funds for a Bus Tour this winter, where they teach workshops and set-up their on-the-ground network. Make sure to show them some support by contributing and sharing their campaign. Here is an article that they wanted to share with you! Are you tired of stress, anxiety, unhealthy food, chlorinated water, traffic jams, air and noise pollution, paying rent, not having time to pursue your real interests and passions? Do you want to live a life more in balance with nature? Living in an ecovillage may just be the antidote to many of the ills of modern urban life. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
37 Regrets That You Should Always Avoid Everyone goes through life experiencing enough mistakes and resulting damage that, by the time they are old enough, they have regrets. They say hindsight is 20/20 and when you look back at your life you will know what moments you should have changed. However, we want to help you out. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Flickr / rocketboom 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) 16.) 17.) 18.) 19.) 20.) 21.) 22.) 23.) 24.) 25.) 26.) 27.) 28.) 29.) 30.) 31.) 32.) 33.) 34.) 35.) 36.) 37.) It’s never too late to change your life, so start by avoiding these things. You won’t regret it.
75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history. The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits — ranging from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to “hanging length of his scrotum” — indicates just how exhaustive and quantifiable the research data has become. “At a time when many people around the world are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers some welcome news for the new old age: our lives continue to evolve in our later years, and often become more fulfilling than before. With regards to income, there was no noticeable difference in maximum income earned by men with IQs in the 110-115 range vs. men with IQs above 150.
Living on $5,000 a year, on purpose: Meet America's 'intentional poor' John Brecher / NBC News Take a look at Dan Price's ultra-cheap lifestyle, starting with the home he built from scrap wood that he calls his 'hobbit hole.' By Nona Willis-Aronowitz, NBC News contributor More than two decades ago, then-33-year-old Dan Price had a wife, two small children, a high-interest mortgage, and a stressful job as a photojournalist in Kentucky. “I told myself, ‘buck up and pay the bills,’” said Price. Then he learned about what he calls “the simple life.” Price’s version of the simple life costs $5,000 a year, which he earns from publishing a wilderness zine and doing odd jobs around Joseph, his eastern Oregon town. Price is part of a long tradition of eschewing the American dream of a house with a white-picket fence, from 1920s hobos to 1960s hippies. Some, like Price, have lived this way for decades. Dan Price talks about why he's chosen to consume less and embrace a simple lifestyle with an income below the poverty line. At least for now. Related:
The Habits Of Supremely Happy People Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us. In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can, the life of engagement, where you find a life in your work, parenting, love and leisure and the meaningful life, which “consists of knowing what your highest strengths are, and using them to belong to and in the service of something larger than you are.” After exploring what accounts for ultimate satisfaction, Seligman says he was surprised. The pursuit of pleasure, research determined, has hardly any contribution to a lasting fulfillment. Instead, pleasure is “the whipped cream and the cherry” that adds a certain sweetness to satisfactory lives founded by the simultaneous pursuit of meaning and engagement. They smile when they mean it. They unplug.
He Lives In A Tree, Doesn’t Wear Shoes, And Brushes His Teeth With A Pinecone (True Activist.) According to polls, the majority of Americans and many other societies are in favor of change. An estimated 20 percent believe the States are on the right track, but when it comes to health care, environmental reform, and economic division, the masses believe change is imperative. But how far are many willing to go in order to live a more sustainable, connected, and happier life? With the conveniences of today (packaged food, media frenzy, rapid transportation), it is difficult for many to know a life different from that which has been shown to degenerate, numb, and dull the senses. For Mick Dodge, his dynamic transformation from living what modern society deems ‘appropriate’ came 25 years ago. In the first story shared, National Geographic captured Doge’s mission to scatter his deceased father’s ashes up in the mountains – if he could recall where he stashed them. MNN: What was your life like before you moved to the woods? My feet hurt. I don’t miss it. Share and Enjoy