“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” – Pearl S. Buck
To keep us mentally and physically healthy we need to engage in mentally stimulating activities – do things that make us think, question, learn, err, understand, feel, develop, and LAUGH. Such activities include physical exercise, getting enough (but not too much) sleep, eating healthy food, minimizing stress, and, probably most important of all, connecting and interacting with other people.
Living a socially active and rich life develops our brain and our personality, and is vital for our well-being. Learning to interact socially is especially important for people coping with mental illness who often live isolated and lonely lives. Talking to friends and engaging in activities together helps us share and overcome fears, learn more about ourselves, acquire new skills, get new perspectives, and realize that we are not (coping) alone. Friends motivate us and make us feel loved and needed. Friends also make us feel miserable, which teaches us to say no and draw lines.
Israeli invention to save millions of lives. Bloodless and painless circumcision for adult males to reduce HIV infections by 60%-70%. Tzameret Fuerst, Co-Founder and CEO, presents PrePex before an audience of 13,000 participants in Washington DC, March 2013.
4) Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention:
An important aggregator of global scientific evidence on the subject matter. The site is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by the United Nations (UNAIDS) with evidence provided by the World Health Organization, universities and global public health authorities. Reviewers that include Harvard University & John Hopkins University. http://www.malecircumcision.org
“In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain”
(And no noisy and flashy distractions or temptations.)
Sleepy weekend afternoon. A gathering of friends.
A two-hour ride away from Tel-Aviv.
Peaceful quiet outside.
Sandy soft yet bright light.
A warm-dry breeze caressing body and soul.
Disturbing political issues seem far away…
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
And the sky with no clouds
The heat was hot and the ground was dry
But the air was full of sound