IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is from the University of Pittsburgh that has identified connections between the cerebral cortex and the adrenal medulla.
MAKING CHANGES: The basis for a mind body connection may have been physically discovered, but people who practice gratefulness have known for years.
FACT OR FICTION: The answer to folding paper.
In The News
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health and Sciences have discovered a neurological connection between your cerebral cortex and adrenal medulla, an organ sitting at the top of your kidneys responsible for secreting cortisol during stress.
Daily Health Tip
Practicing gratitude has a specific and positive means of affecting your health.
Expressing gratitude and feeling grateful actually improves your health. Here are several strategies to help you get started.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Write in it at least twice a week and record things that happened that day for which you are grateful. They don’t need to be big things - the barista who was kind, the guy who held open the door or the police officer who didn’t write you a ticket.
- Make writing in your journal a habit by associating it with another activity - such as unfixing your bed, or shutting down your computer. If you choose to do it a couple days a week choose two consistent days so you remember - such as every Wednesday and Sunday or Tuesday and Saturday.
- Express your gratitude to someone to their face. Saying thank you to someone makes them feel good and improves your health.
- Write a letter to someone to whom you are grateful - even for something small. You may choose to not send it - but do write it.
My family interactions also require negotiation. When my kids try to use pity to sway my decisions, I counteract that with striking a compromise.
Fact or Fiction?
How many times do you think you could fold a piece of paper 8” X 11”? Prior to 2000 scientist thought the number was just 7. But the record was set just over 10 years ago by Brittany Gallivan who folded a piece of A4 paper 12 times.
Paper roughly doubles in thickness with each fold. Believe it or not - if you were able to fold paper 10 times it would be the thickness of your hand - another 10 times and it would be higher than Mount Everest - all from a piece of paper.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team