Having Faith

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The picture above is one of my favorites. Against all odds, the small sprout lives. I like to compare it to what’s happening in our lives. Life vs death. Faith vs Doubt.

Indeed, the human mind is prone to doubts and weaknesses.

One day we are happily living and suddenly one word, a gesture or pain shadows the future.

Like a cancer, the doubt transforms into questions, darkest fears, and life seems to slip away. What seemed simple is not so simple anymore.

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Walk in the forest

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Medical conditions like chronic stress, fatigue, hypertension, anxiety, depression are common. Yet medications for them are costly, have adverse effects, lower quality of life and lower longevity.

An innovative and smart idea might just be walking in the nearby forest.

Like meditation or yoga, many make fun of forest walking. “Now that’s for hipsters”. “That’s what my grandpa would do”. “There’s a sucker born every minute”. It’s more trendy to sweat in the gym. Or relax by going to the local Starbucks and please yourself with a Venti Pumpkin latte. At least you can put those on Instagram and share how busy and connected you are.

Right?

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Can Religion Make You Healthier?

Religion might add years to your life.

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Let’s make it clear. Religion is responsible for dozens of millions of death, from the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades and the calls for jihad. And that’s just the tip of iceberg. A wrong gesture or sentence can get you killed or your hand chopped off in a few countries.

Religion can definitively bring the worst of humans out.

Many of us are also put off by the official dogma. It’s hard to reconcile evolution theory (or physics) with religion. Or the ideals of democracy with the autocracy that many religions promote.

Yet, religion seems also to have a curative effect. A 2003 study shows church attendance lowers by 25% risk of mortality. Researchers have found that weekly attendance at religious services is associated with 2 to 3 additional years of life expectancy. In another study, women aged 50 and up were 20% less likely to die in any given year if they attended religious services weekly.

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Familiar, repetitive sounds induce sleep

Have soft, familiar and repetitive sound when you sleep

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As mentioned earlier, investing in quality sleep is one of the safest and and most durable health strategy.

Smooth, familiar and repetitive sounds produce drowsiness and sleep. Conversely, the lack of these tend to produce alertness and wakefulness.

Research shows sounds which effect a individual are dependent upon his environment. A city dweller may sleep with the steady rumble of traffic but he might find the sound of crickets to be too noisy. Someone who lives in the countryside might respond better to sounds of leaves stirred by gentle wind.

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