Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Living with a sense of purpose in life


A sense of purpose in life also gives you this considerable advantage:
"People with a sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease."

The conclusions come from over 136,000 people who took part in 10 different studies.

Participants in the studies were mostly from the US and Japan.

The US studies asked people:
  • how useful they felt to others,
  • about their sense of purpose, and
  • the meaning they got out of life.

The Japanese studies asked people about ‘ikigai’ or whether their life was worth living.

The participants, whose average age was 67, were tracked for around 7 years.

During that time almost 20,000 died.
But, amongst those with a strong sense of purpose or high ‘ikigai’, the risk of death was one-fifth lower.

Despite the link between sense of purpose and health being so intuitive, scientists are not sure of the mechanism.

Sense of purpose is likely to improve health by strengthening the body against stress.

It is also likely to be linked to healthier behaviours.

Dr. Alan Rozanski, one of the study’s authors, said:
“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience.
Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators.
The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”

This research on links between sense of purpose in life and longevity is getting stronger all the time:
  • “A 2009 study of 1,238 elderly people found that those with a sense of purpose lived longer.
  • A 2010 study of 900 older adults found that those with a greater sense of purpose were much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Survey data often links a sense of purpose in life with increased happiness.
No matter what your age, then, it’s worth thinking about what gives your life meaning.”

Read More:

Find out what kinds of things people say give their lives meaning.
Here’s an exercise for increasing meaningfulness
And a study finding that feeling you belong increases the sense of meaning.

The study was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine (Cohen et al., 2015).

A sense of purpose in life
Link: http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/12/here-is-why-a-sense-of-purpose-in-life-is-important-for-health

Hitler, the Tiger and Me

Documentary telling the story of Judith Kerr, creator of well-loved children's books.
From BBC's Imagine series.

Hitler, the Tiger and Me


Friday, November 18, 2016

What the human brain looks like with Multiple Sclerosis


What the human brain looks like with MS

Goat Protection Dog

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Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

 Danny MacAskill - Riding the Ridge - Scottish star stunt ... 
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Ridge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill... For the first time
in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to
his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a
death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

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A Film by Cut Media - www.CutMedia.com

Director: Stu Thomson
Camera/Drone Gimbal: Stu Thomson, Scott Marshall
Drone Pilot: Lec Park
Mountain Guide: Matt Barratt
Assistants: Alan Blyth, Paul Smail
Titles: Sandra Ord
Colourist: Guido Snieder
Music: Blackbird by Martyn Bennett, taken from the album GRIT.

Thanks To: Five Ten, ENVE Components, Santa Cruz Bicycles,
Visit Scotland, SkyeAdventure.co.uk, GoPro, Skye Boat
Trips, Macloed Estate, LowePro Bags,

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Paper Trails

Paper Trails: Rolled Newspaper Animal Sculptures by Chie Hitotsuyama


Hitotsuyama’s first animal sculpture created in 2011, inspired by her encounter with a rhino in Africa
In 2007, artist Chie Hitotsuyama took an illustration job with an NGO and traveled to Africa. There she encountered a rhino that had been rescued from poachers who prey on the beautiful animal only for its tusk, which to this day, are bought and sold for high prices. “I still remember the kindness in that Rhino’s eyes,” she says, speaking about the encounter, which inspired her to begin making animal-themed artwork.


Today, Hitotsuyama and her partner Tomiji Tamai create animals, built to real-life scale, entirely out of used newspaper. Each piece is painstakingly assembled by rolling wet newspaper into small bits and pieces, which help contribute to the realistic appearance.
The artist then uses tweezers to attach the rolled up newspaper to the body, which is also fashioned out of newspaper. “More than anything else, I’m particular about the realistic feel of the animals,” says the artist, speaking about her work. “They are living ordinary everyday lives just like us. I would like keep insisting on reality and producing my life-sized work as much as possible in order to convey their lives.”

Hitotsuyama Studio is based in Shizuoka, inside an old warehouse where Hitotsuyama’s family used to operate a paper strip manufacturing plant. Beginning last month, Hitotsuyama embarked on a series of U.S. exhibitions. Her show in Los Angeles just wrapped up and she’s now moving to Chicago (Jeffrey Breslow Gallery, Sep 23, 2016 – Jan 15, 2017) and Lancaster (MOAH Museum, Oct 2, 2016 – Jan 7, 2017).

Chie Hitotsuyama “Paper Trails” from Ayako Hoshino on Vimeo.


 Source:  http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2016/10/24/paper-trails-rolled-newspaper-animal-sculptures-by-chie-hitotsuyama/

Unique!! Japanese Artist Tightly Rolls Newspaper To Create Incredibly Re...


Unique!! Japanese Artist Tightly Rolls Newspaper To Create Incredibly Realistic Animal Sculptures

most us, newspapers are for reading. But for Chie Hitotsuyama,
newspapers serve a whole different purpose. Because as you can see
below, the Japanese artist doesn’t use them to catch up on the sport and
gossip. She turns them into incredibly realistic animal sculptures
She makes them by densely rolling, twisting, and binding
pieces of wet newspaper. The process is done entirely by hand and she
even uses the colored print to enhance the contours and gradations of
her subjects. From red-faced Japanese macaques to languishing lizards
and even a giant dozing rhinoceros, Chie creates the most stunning
sculptures from something that most of us simply throw in the trash.
It’s a brilliant way of turning bad news into something more positive.

Chie Hitotsuyama "Paper Trails"

Published on Sep 22, 2016
art objects created by Ms. Chie Hitotsuyama are full of life. Their
exuberant expressions convey the strength needed for survival in
unforgiving nature. Ms. Hitostuyama's works use the material of old
newspapers that stopped serving their role as an information medium. She
breathes artistic life and value into those newspapers and repurposes
them into new shapes by applying her original sensibility and delicate
manual skills. Animals of various types are living their respective
lives as if they were a matter of course.

Friends of Fur and Feather

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A lovely card from the illustrator behind all of Spoon & Tamago’s graphics: Naho Ogawa

Kenichi Yamada, the designer behind TERRA, carved a wooden monkey and posted it to his instagram account.
a fun twist on the three wise monkey from Individual Locker

a vintage illustration by Kyoto-based Studio Takeuma