Happiness is an art. It takes focused attention and strong determination. It hardly ever happens by accident. We all know someone who just radiates joy and love, seemingly by nature. What you probably don’t know is that that person is choosing to be happy every single day, to wake with a smile every day and to share that joy with others.
This isn’t something you’re born with. You can cultivate happiness and joy of living simply by putting a few good habits into practice. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself singing in the shower, smiling in line at the coffee shop and waving down total strangers just because you like the colour of their sweater. Read more »
Beauty treatments are always evolving, whether alongside progressing science or just with trends, hemlines and hairstyles. Now more than ever it’s easy to find out about new treatments almost anywhere – through online medical journal, blogs or social networking websites, in magazines, and on TV. With all these sources, it can be confusing trying to separate the safe and legitimate treatments from those that are hyped up, ineffective and dangerous. And it seems that every year, there are even crazier and more absurd treatments that celebrities are trying out to look younger and better. Here, we’ll raise the red flag on what beauty treatments to avoid, or at least research seriously before trying. Read more »
Yerba mate tea, like most teas, is known for its health benefits. Teas are generally chock full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, along with being low or no calorie beverages, which is much better than most drinks people choose throughout their day. But studies have shown some surprising links between disease and yerba mate tea in particular. Knowing all the facts about yerba mate tea, like most anything with potential dangers to one’s health, is the best way to be as informed and healthy as possible. Read more »
Everyone gets anxious. Even Britney Spears, who probably has 10 assistants at her beck and call. Stress and anxiety have reached epidemic proportions all over the world. In the U.S., about 18 percent of adults suffer from medically diagnosed anxiety. Imagine how many others suffer in silence? Studies show about 44 percent percent of us suffer from one form of stress or another.
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Anyone who’s ever googled “fast food + germs” has probably never eaten fast food again. (Tip: If you haven’t done this already, it’s recommended you avoid Google Images. You will regret it.) The internet is full of devastating information about the fast food industry. No large chain is exempt. The information is horrific and disgusting – and that’s before we consider the fat, sugar and salt content in the foods available at these “restaurants.”
It’s not as though consumers aren’t aware. Despite efforts of the media to enlighten consumers on the danger of consuming these foods (the same media outlets that sell advertising to the very chains their news programs publicly condemn), people continue to eat them. Why? Read more »
The West Coast
A Guide to Backpacking the American West
The West Coast is a logical place to kick off an epic American adventure for a few reasons. Firstly, most backpackers or overseas road trippers will arrive at an international airport, and Los Angeles has a very big one. Secondly, many people coming to the Lower 48 for a road trip may want to buy a decent used car for the journey, and there are loads of cheap used cars to choose from in Southern California. Read more »
Alcohol: Benefits and Risks
Alcohol is a tough one for a lot of people. One or two can help to lighten your mood or add some grease to an awkward social situation, while three or four can put you out of commission for a full twenty-four hours.
Moderation is key, to be sure. Knowing your personal limit and sticking to it is a challenge many of us struggle with. Used properly, alcohol can have a myriad of health benefits. Abuse it regularly and you put your body at great risk for a host of unpleasant maladies.
It helps to be aware of the facts and understand how to use alcohol to your greatest advantage. Read more »
South America is an awe-inspiring continent that is a haven for backpackers. Boasting wonderful scenery, diverse cultures and landscapes, friendly people and delightful cuisines, South America has everything and more a backpacker could want. A well established road and rail transport network makes inter-country travel easy and relatively inexpensive, so in part one, we focus on the top five must see South American destinations that are both cheap and easy to get to.
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“We don’t go anywhere. Going somewhere is for squares. We just go!” – Marlon Brando (in The Wild One)
Whether you’ve recently emerged into adulthood after the long years of education and are contemplating a ‘gap year’, or you’re simply at a crossroads further down the road in life and needing something of a sabbatical, the idea of backpacking may start to appeal. Throw ‘Southeast Asia’ into the equation and you’re probably already dreaming of lush, green forests, idyllic powdery sand beaches, chaotic, odorous cities and smiling, laid-back locals. Oh, and just a smidgen of partying along the way, perhaps? Read more »
BBC Health News
The BBC just released a fantastic story, confirming that the technology, pharmaceutical and scientific worlds will combine to take on one of the worlds greatest fears, cancer. As we wish everyone to be in good health it is still important that we continue to make strides in the fields of medical research. It is notable to review and watch the world come together in a positive move for public health. Pacific Prime Health Insurance couldn’t be more supportive.
Read more from the BBC here.
Excerpt from BBC Health:
“By harnessing the collective power of citizen scientists we’ll accelerate the discovery of new ways to diagnose and treat cancer much more precisely.”
Researchers, computer programmers and games designers will meet this weekend to find a ways of converting the dense raw data into something more “game-like”.
The chief executive of Cancer Research UK, Dr Harpal Kumar, said: “We’re bringing together the cream of the UK’s technology specialists with our scientists as a collective force to accelerate cures for cancer outside the laboratory.
“This exciting event will provide a channel to help our scientists discover new genetic drivers of cancer that would otherwise take years to identify.”
They aim to have the project up and running by the summer. “