“Experts suggest that spending time in nature may not have the same barrier to uptake as exercise, which people might dread or avoid despite knowledge of its benefits. The upside of a nature prescription is not having to work up the motivation to, say, tackle a big run in the park. “You could just relax there, listen to birdsong, be with your friends [or] even just have a small urban garden on your balcony.”
While “it’s not a silver bullet”, nature prescriptions could be integrated into the health system as part of routine care. “[It] could have multiple benefits for people’s mental, social and physical health and probably cost little to the individual and the health system.”
Source: The Guardian
A redesign of the retirement framework is essential to build the financial resilience necessary for longer lives
Source: Business Day
It is estimated that about 265 million people worldwide live with an anxiety disorder, something the World Economic Forum labels “the world’s biggest mental health problem”. In 2019, the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) revealed as many as one in six South Africans suffered from anxiety, depression or substance-use problems.
For a long time, the thousand-year-old practice of mindfulness was widely touted as a simple method that can help achieve inner peace and tranquillity. Now, researchers are studying this practice in more detail and are onto something even greater. In a new study, an eight-week mindfulness programme was shown to be as effective as a common antidepressant for reducing anxiety.
Source: New study reveals surprising results | Life
A banker made economists think this when he said: ′′ A cyclist is a disaster for the country’s economy: he doesn’t buy cars or borrow money to buy. He doesn’t pay insurance policies. Doesn’t buy fuel, doesn’t pay to take the car to revision and repairs needed. Does not use paid parking. It doesn’t cause major accidents. Does not require multi lane highways. He doesn’t become obese
Healthy people are not necessary or useful to the economy. They don’t buy medicine. They don’t go to hospitals or doctors. They add nothing to the country’s GDP.
On the contrary, each new McDonald’s store creates at least 30 jobs, actually 10 cardiologists, 10 dentists, 10 diet experts and nutritionists, obviously as well as the people who work in the store itself “.
‘“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
— Robert Browning
Entrepreneur is a synonym for salesperson, and salesperson is the pedestrian term for storyteller. Pro tip: No startup makes sense. We (entrepreneurs) are all impostors who must deploy a fiction (i.e. story) that captures imaginations and capital to pull the future forward and turn rhyme into reason. No business I have started, at the moment of inception, made any sense … until it did. Or didn’t.
The only way to predict the future is to make it.’
Source: Tell Me a Story | No Mercy / No Malice
“We’ve all come to work exhausted, or under the weather, or while experiencing some sort of physical pain. We power through it as best we can, unaware that our brains are redirecting critical resources to manage these issues. It’s a process that enables us to cope. But as Mike Christian, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, has found, these efforts take a toll on our performance. When our mental energy is depleted, we are less able to exhibit control over our emotions and behaviors — and are more likely to be disengaged, break rules, take part in deception, or even act unethically.
There’s also some interesting research showing that vacations help people get back to their full level of self-control. (They) have shown that whether you come back to work refreshed after a vacation depends not only on the amount of time you are away, but also on what you do during your vacation. People who engage in what they call mastery experiences — those where they learn a new skill, like scuba diving — are able to really disconnect and feel accomplished. When they get back to work, they are much more replenished than people who sit on the beach and might still ruminate about work.
Being able to focus on the moment raises your level of self-control, but it can also recharge you, better preparing you to meet your goals.”
Source: Mike Christian on mindfulness and mental energy
Retired South Africans who own homes but are cash-strapped may now apply for a loan, or “reverse mortgage,” suggested in a recent policy paper by the World Bank as a way to supplement pension income.
The home equity release finance plan offers pensioners access to a percentage of their home’s equity while they retain full ownership. The loan is settled on sale of the house or death and interest rates are substantially lower than unsecured loans.
Termed Freedom Finance, the loan is being offered to qualifying homeowners on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard initially and will later be rolled out across the country.