dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2012-11-01

"The big aha for me, having studied populations of the long-lived for nearly a decade, is how the factors that encourage longevity reinforce one another over the long term. For people to adopt a healthful lifestyle, I have become convinced, they need to live in an ecosystem, so to speak, that makes it possible. As soon as you take culture, belonging, purpose or religion out of the picture, the foundation for long healthy lives collapses. The power of such an environment lies in the mutually reinforcing relationships among lots of small nudges and default choices. There's no silver bullet to keep death and the diseases of old age at bay. If there's anything close to a secret, it's silver buckshot." -- Dan Buettner, "The Island Where People Forget to Die", The New York Times, 2012-10-24. [found via locked entry elsewhere]

To folks celebrating according to the old Celtic calendar, Happy New Year! A blessed Samhain to you! Likewise, a blessed Hallowmas (All Hallows Day / All Saints Day) to Christians who celebrate that today! (Admittedly, I tend to forget that different denominations have different dates for this holiday, so I've overlooked this holiday for folks who celbrate it in May -- sorry.)

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