The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about how a small group of retirement-age Americans are rejecting traditional ideas about retirement in favor of growing old in major urban metropolises. While many people think of big cities as having crowded, dirty streets and crammed subway cars, many retirees are finding that these big cities … Continue reading Retiring to the Big City?
I somehow came across this disturbing TikTok video: https://www.tiktok.com/@danlambert_/video/7047202123573939462 This initiative is currently taking place in a handful of McDonald's in China. Recent studies have shown that obesity is on the rise in China, with 5-6 percent of the general population being classified as obese. In some cities where fast food is popular, that rate is … Continue reading Multitasking Gone Wild
This coming Friday will be the second exam of the semester for my students. As you might imagine, students are starting to get a bit anxious, some more than others. That's why I was so intrigued when I read about this device that could help lower a student's anxiety. The device? A breathing cushion. Researchers … Continue reading I Wonder If I Can Have a Few Dozen of These Delivered Before Friday…
Currently, there are over 20 home-meal delivery services. These services run the range from meals that contain all the ingredients but you still need to do some prepping to meals that just need to be heated up. I came across a few good overviews of the various options: Good Housekeeping has a story about what … Continue reading I Could Get Used to This
from a recent Study Finds: According to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, feeling nostalgic helps people overcome low levels of pain by reducing brain activity. Their study reveals that yearning for a “simpler time” reduces brain activity and could help people overcome low levels of pain like headaches. “As a predominantly positive emotion, nostalgia serves … Continue reading This Blog Post Will Reduce Your Aches and Pains
Recently I made the decision to add some non-vegan items to my diet, as a sort of trial. I thought I'd start with eggs and salmon, and give myself about 90 days to see if I notice any differences in my health and general well-being. It may not seem like much, but I've been a … Continue reading Is This How My Students Feel When I Teach Them How to Do Something?
It is a strange time for those people who graduated from college in the past year or so and then started their first job. Many of these people, often referred to as Gen Z (born after 1997), finished college taking classes remotely, and they began their career working remotely. So it's not out of the … Continue reading Is It Possible That Some Members of Gen Z Will Never Work in an Office?
Jane Brody, who has written the Personal Health column in the New York Times since 1976, is retiring. I've always thought it seemed like one of the ultimate jobs in journalism. Jane, who is in her 80s, has been involved with reporting on health for over 58 years. For her last column this week, she … Continue reading The Evolution of Health Advice Over the Years
One of the things I remember most about teaching during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters was how quiet the classes were in those few minutes before class began. To me, it was a combination of social distancing, masks, teaching freshmen, and cell phones, all of which helped to create a barrier of sorts … Continue reading I Guess I Should Be Teaching More Than Just Accounting
In his latest Pinkcast, Dan Pink asks: why are successful people so lonely? To help find the answer, Dan engages the help of Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor and author of From Strength to Strength. Brooks claims that the problem is that while successful people may have many friends — they may not be the right kind. … Continue reading If This Is True, Then I Should Have Lots of Real Friends