When I walk the halls of R&D at our Buena Park facility, I’m always on the lookout for one thing. The same holds true wherever I see employees gathering, or when I stop to chat with a distributor group touring the campus. I listen for laughter in all its forms from soft giggles to loud belly laughs. When I hear it, I can’t help but smile. Why? I believe that, when people are having fun, they are at their creative best. It’s a state that makes learning easier, work more meaningful, and life happier.
In these days of instant digital communication, a handwritten letter is as special as it is rare. Think about the last time you shuffled through your regular mail with its bills, fliers, and advertisements and in the midst of all this usual fare, you found a letter written by hand. You stopped for a moment, didn’t you? Before opening it, you likely held the letter to feel its weight and texture, perhaps admiring the stamp, as you curiously looked for who sent it. Continue reading The Power of a Letter
It’s hard to miss the headlines these days about the newest darling of the research world: gut bacteria. These microscopic cells reside in the human intestine in a big way, in the trillions by recent estimates. A growing body of research shows that keeping this bacterial community in proper balance has serious health benefits from a strong immune system to a positive mood to a healthy body weight and beyond. This balancing act fascinates me for two reasons. Not only does it have a profound potential for human health, but it adapts, often rapidly, to simple dietary changes. So we can add one more advantage to making smart choices about the foods and supplements we consume. We can dramatically change our gut bacteria– and health – for the better.
Francesca and I just returned home from an amazing six-week vacation. We visited with family and friends, old and new, fly fished, bird watched, and even traveled down the Shannon River, but I would have to say this vacation was all about golf or more precisely GOLF. From our first round in Sunningdale, England, to our last one in Ireland at the Old Head Golf Links, we conquered 37 rounds on 37 different courses. My mind is still spinning on how we did it. I suppose it was a combination of some of the best caddies in the game, a little luck, and one morning routine that I would never leave home without.
Have you heard of the Blue Zones? These seemingly disconnected regions around the world have one thing in common: people not only frequently live to over 100, but they do so while staying happy and healthy. The scientist in me is eager to learn more about this interesting phenomenon. The 81-year-old man in me wants to know exactly what is at the root of this amazing level of living. After all, I can certainly think of plenty of adventures to fill the next 20 years of life, and it’s a good bet you can too. The Blue Zones just may teach us something about living longer, better. Continue reading Blue Secrets for Healthy Aging