Emotional Intelligence for Planet Earth

Emotional intelligence of indigenous elder

Are we really all that smart?  No question that intelligence is important, but it may be that our EQ (“emotional intelligence”) is just as important as our IQ when it comes to longevity.  That’s because EQ may be the key factor in increasing resilience and the ability to handle stress.  Lower stress levels, either innate [...]

Lower Stress, Healthy Heart

Meditate for heart health

Meditation and stress management techniques are as effective as any other approach to cardiovascular health.  As we get older, stress management is more important than ever. According to Dr Robert Buist, Sydney complementary medicine practitioner, there’s a subgroup of cardiovascular patients who aren’t successful in lowering risk factors using lifestyle improvements like smoking, drinking, eating.  [...]

Birdsong – The Essential Soundtrack

blue wren

With 7 billion of us on the planet, it’s becoming a very noisy place.  Maybe you haven’t noticed yet but recorded birdsong is beginning to appear, anywhere from blogs and websites to airport lounges and service station toilets.  Seems good sound may be starting to equate to good business. Natural sound may also help you [...]

Gift of Music

Music is healing

Goodbye to Mozart Effect Man. The worlds of music and healing said goodbye in early June, 2012,  to Don Campbell, author of “The Mozart Effect” and leader in the field of transformative music and therapeutic sound.  Don popularised the idea of the Mozart effect to explain the new ways of using music for health, education [...]

Tried Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Master

Many claim that this gentle martial art can help reduce stress, improve sleep, increase energy and improve balance and flexibility.  It involves a range of slow movements that that have been practiced for centuries. Tai Chi is not a religious practice although its roots date back to the ancient Chinese philosophy of balance and harmony. [...]

Tai Chi Helps Chemobrain

Tai chi on the beach

Tai chi is a gentle approach to exercise and relaxation that is ideal for anyone experiencing a lower level of fitness or general slow-down after surgery. It can be adapted for various disabilities (including wheelchairs). Tai chi has been practised for many years as a stress-management technique to improve cancer survival.  The side effects of [...]

Poetry – the Quiet Health Booster

Feather Hand On Book

Poetry, like journaling, can be a very relaxing pastime but it’s also a great brain exercise. Write it, read it or just listen; it’s a free resource that many Longevityboomers might not have accessed for a long time, if ever. The world’s oldest person, the late Jeanne Calment, enjoyed the poems of her childhood right [...]