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Just 20 minutes of contact with nature will lower stress hormone levels, reveals new study from Science Daily
“We know that spending time in nature reduces stress, but until now it was unclear how much is enough, how often to do it, or even what kind of nature experience will benefit us,” says Dr. MaryCarol Hunter, an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and lead author of this research. “Our study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature.”
I experienced the same thing as above first-hand when we move from an urban area to a cul-de-sac with masses of trees in our backyard and lots of green grass. I wrote about it in The Importance of Creation and the Impact of Green Space.
Internet and Social Media Challenge from Sallie Borrink
How are you doing with the internet and your social media usage? Is it a valuable tool you use wisely that serves you? Are you a slave to it? Something inbetween?
In the Internet and Social Media Challenge, you can assess how you are doing with your internet activities.
New England Is Crisscrossed With Thousands of Miles of Stone Walls from Atlas Obscura
WALK INTO A PATCH OF forest in New England, and chances are you will—almost literally—stumble across a stone wall. Thigh-high, perhaps, it is cobbled together with stones of various shapes and sizes, with splotches of lichen and spongy moss instead of mortar. Most of the stones are what are called “two-handers”—light enough to lift, but not with just one hand. The wall winds down a hill and out of sight. According to Robert Thorson, a landscape geologist at University of Connecticut, these walls are “damn near everywhere” in the forests of rural New England.
He estimates that there are more than 100,000 miles of old, disused stone walls out there, or enough to circle the globe four times.
Who would build a stone wall, let alone hundreds of thousands of miles of them, in the middle of the forest?
Unambitious Loser With Happy, Fulfilling Life Still Lives In Hometown from The Onion (satire site)
Longtime acquaintances confirmed to reporters this week that local man Michael Husmer, an unambitious 29-year-old loser who leads an enjoyable and fulfilling life, still lives in his hometown and has no desire to leave.
Claiming that the aimless slouch has never resided more than two hours from his parents and still hangs out with friends from high school, sources close to Husmer reported that the man, who has meaningful, lasting personal relationships and a healthy work-life balance, is an unmotivated washout who’s perfectly comfortable being a nobody for the rest of his life.
Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Today from Smithsonian
When I was 8 and on holiday in France with my parents, we went to Chartres Cathedral, just south of Paris. My father took me by the hand as we both stared at the blue glass casting reflections all over the limestone in the great medieval church.
“That blue was made 800 years ago,” he said. “And we can’t make it like that any more.”
The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay
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