Three Ways to Focus on Gratefulness.
Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero once said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
Thanksgiving, by its very name, is supposed to be about being thankful for the things we have and reflecting on the simple pleasures of life. However, life – for many of us – has become incredibly hectic. We often feel over-scheduled and unable to take the time to simply relax and enjoy ourselves.
When Thanksgiving was celebrated for the first time in 1621 at Plymouth Rock by the Pilgrims and Native Americans, the event lasted for three days. During that time, thanks were given for the first successful corn harvest. The second such Thanksgiving was held in 1623 to denote the end of a long drought that had threatened the harvest. Soon, the tradition caught on in other New England settlements.
Over the years, several presidents declared official days of thanks, but not for the same reason the Pilgrims and Native Americans originally celebrated it. George Washington declared an official Thanksgiving in 1789 and encouraged Americans to celebrate the successful conclusion of the war of independence. John Adams and James Madison also designated days of Thanksgiving during their presidencies, each being celebrated in a different way for a different reason. Continue reading
Why and How Seniors Should Avoid GMOs.
For most Americans – regardless of their age – eating a fresh, sustainable diet is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that including fresh fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of saturated fat and processed foods we eat, is the best way to stay fit and healthy.
But have you ever stopped to truly think about what it is you’re putting on your plate? Are all foods created equal? How were those fresh fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator grown? What about that package of chicken?
The answers may surprise you.
The Emergence of GMOs
So how, exactly, is food genetically modified? Continue reading
Concentrate on These Six Areas.
British Clergyman Charles Spurgeon once said that “it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
Some people spend a lot of time and effort seeking out happiness – a habit that sticks with them well into their senior years. Others follow the philosophy expounded by Rev. Spurgeon and find enjoyment in everything they do.
Regardless of which kind of person you are, it’s a good idea to take stock of six key areas of your life to help unleash ultimate happiness and fulfillment as you head into your senior years.
Area #1 – Social Status
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Aging, research suggests a positive correlation between social interaction and overall health of seniors. Numerous studies have found that seniors with lower levels of interleukin-6 – an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related disorders like Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis – can be found in seniors who are socially active. Continue reading