Safety and well-being during extreme weather

From hurricanes to wildfires, extreme weather also poses health hazards. According to the Health and Climate Report, primary impacts include death, injury, or illness; worsening underlying medical conditions; and adverse effects on mental health. In a study published in 2019, Todd Pugatch, an economics professor at Oregon State University, found that tropical-storm-related deaths increase under most climate change scenarios and by as …

What would be good enough?

The Age of Envy: How to be Happy When Everyone Else’s Life Looks Perfect Social media has created a world in which everyone seems ecstatic – apart from us. Is there any way for people to curb their resentment? The Guardian|Moya Sarner, October 2018 One night about five years ago, just before bed, I saw a tweet from a friend …

Stress and physical and psychological well-being

Are we really more stressed than ever before? In an essay based on her recent book Stress-Proof, Mithu Storoni explains how modern life may have amplified our anxiety, and the best ways to reduce its impact on our bodies and minds. By Mithu Storoni, 14 August 2019 In November 2017, two eye surgeons from a hospital in Beirut reported an …

A 27-Year Study Says 1 Thing Is Key to Happiness and Longevity in Work and Life: Working and living with a sense of purpose and meaning

It’s your significant “yet-to-do” in life. Purpose integrates who you are with what you do. It inspires us to renew our commitments and stretch further to manifest it, which is why having a sense of purpose in your work is so powerful. A study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a team of Univ. of Michigan researchers analyzed data from the …

Shareable, June 2019 Happy City’s Thriving Places Index measures wellbeing on the basis of social needs Image screenshot from Thriving Places IndexCasey O’Brien|June 20, 2019 A famous management thinker, Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” — meaning that without tracking success and failure, we can’t improve. With social issues, measurement can be …

Better for business, better for well-being: 75% of American workers prefer to work in an employee-owned company

Employee ownership offers a solution to the vast income and wealth inequality that is undermining America’s economy. GOOD FOR EMPLOYEES WAGES: Employee owners earn average wages 5 to 12 percent higher than employees in conventional firms. WEALTH: The net worth of employee owners aged 28 to 34 is 92 percent higher than for non-employee owners. RETIREMENT SAVINGS: The average retirement …

Video Gaming Can Be a Mental Disorder: World Health Organization

PUBLIC HEALTH Sam Nickerson May. 29, 2019 10:51AM ESTHEALTH + WELLNESS The World Health Organization’s manual of disease classifications has officially designated video game addiction as a mental health disorder. The WHO approved the eleventh revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) this past week, including “gaming disorder” under a section of disorders due to addictive behaviors, which also includes …

Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy

By Joshua S Hill Clean Technica, Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy, May 23rd, 2019  A report published by WWF and The Nature Conservancy earlier this month claims that hydropower is unnecessary for meeting global climate change and clean energy goals thanks to the dramatic cost decreases seen in the solar, wind, and storage sectors. …

New Zealand’s world-first ‘wellbeing’ budget to focus on poverty and mental health: Country claims to be the first to measure success by people’s wellbeing

Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin Tue 14 May 2019   While New Zealand’s economy is thriving, many people have been left behind. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Guardian Child poverty, domestic violence and mental health will be the priorities in New Zealand’s “wellbeing budget”, the finance minister has announced, with the nation declaring itself the first in the world to measure success by its people’s …

Hawaii aims to increase food self-sufficiency to 30% by 2020. Indigenous agriculture can help.

In order to meet Aichi Target 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity on restoring 15% of globally degraded ecosystems there is a need to increase the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in ecological restoration activities. Indigenous agriculture has potential to contribute to food needs under climate change, February 26, 2019  The study highlights the relevance of restoring …