Print extra copies of your favorite photos to gift to friends. He and his team study how pollution affects the heart and blood vessels and how exposure to polluted air affects the risk of obesity and diabetes. His research is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health. In 2017, with the support of Christy Brown, a big-hearted and generous philanthropist from Louisville who shared Aruni's passion for creating a cleaner environment, he joined with The Nature Conservancy to create a program in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, called the Green Hearts Project to study the effect of trees in improving air quality, as a direct way to improve the quality of the city's air. Trees and their canopies are not only linked to better air quality but also have been proven to reduce violence. A 10 percent increase in tree canopy area is associated with a 12 percent decrease in crime. So, the next time you want to breathe better and feel safer, stand under a tree or, better yet, go plant one. Picnicking under trees with a friend is one of my favorite ways to dine. The best way to breathe clean air is still to go out into nature. Every day, Mother Nature brings out the sun, grows new trees and plants, and delivers clean fresh air for the world. A walk in the park, a hike in the mountains, or just finding a tree to sit next to not only helps improve the quality of the air you take in, it has also been shown to improve your overall well-being by relieving stress, sharpening your thinking, and boosting your memory. Sound is a force of nature and is in many aspects subject to the four fundamental interactions, or fundamental forces of nature, the interactions that do not appear to be reducible to more basic interactions. Examples from nature of the propagation of energy and order from a single point: planetary system, candle (light), atom (model) Although it is possible to describe these forces, they still cannot be explained and completely understood. When we pluck a note on the string of a violin, the string begins to vibrate and the note is carried by the air to our ears. This is a curious phenomenon. The gas molecules collide with each other in the same way as billiard balls. The number of molecules in a liter of gas is unimaginably high (approximately 1022). When an entire orchestra plays in a hall, the confusion that reigns in the molecules of the air is so enormous that every explanation to date for explaining sound transmission is inadequate. The music that reaches us from the stage and is reflected a thousand-fold on walls, ceiling, rows of seats, etc, should really hit our ears as an unbearable screeching.

Instead infinitely precise information reaches our eardrums, whether as vibrations or through the medium of electrical signals. We wake up. Shine a lamp on your experience as it unfolds, onto the world around you, people you come across, the weather. Explore without an agenda: What do you notice? What do you discover? Children are curious about everything but as adults we can lose that quality. Being curious about our experience is integral to mindfulness (see article 40), so it can be helpful to reacquaint ourselves with our childhood curiosity. As always, approach this practice without any specific expectations. Practice seeing the world through someone else's eyes: the official making life difficult but who is hemmed in by regulations, or the person holding up the line chatting to the store assistant--the only person they might talk to today. Step out of your shoes and into someone else's. I'll go onstage for a minute and then get off. Okay, one more question: How long am I speaking for? You're speaking for five minutes. He may as well have said five hours. Bro, that is way too long. What am I gonna say? I can give you two minutes; Five minutes. Do it, Trent.

You'll be great at it. Stick them in frames or use them to personalize birthday and holiday cards. If you're feeling extra ambitious, make a mini album for someone you love to commemorate a special occasion. AS A NATION, we like volunteering--at least in theory. Ninety percent of Americans say they'd like to volunteer, but according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, only about 30 percent actually do. Some people say they aren't sure how to get involved or that no one has asked for their help. Others say they don't have enough free time--the most common excuse by far among would-be volunteers. But Amy Yotopoulos, a director at the Stanford Center on Longevity, notes that people between the ages of thirty-five and forty-four, who often have young kids and full-time jobs, volunteer at similar or higher rates than retirees. Yotopoulos suggests that people who don't volunteer may be experiencing volunteering inertia--in other words, unless you've made a habit of volunteering, it can be a challenge coming up with the motivation to get started. Here's something to motivate you: volunteering isn't just good for the communities or organizations you serve; Doing good deeds for others can reduce stress and anxiety, alleviate loneliness and depression, and improve your mood. Forest bathing, a popular activity started in Japan, is now gaining in popularity all over the world. Forest bathing is not about getting naked and running through the woods, but it is about going out into nature, taking off your shoes, and putting your feet in water to alleviate the stress of our daily lives and get closer to nature. I didn't pay much attention to daily air quality levels until I moved to Los Angeles in 1983, at the height of the city's smog problems. At that time, reporting on the PM2. This number was important because it meant that a particulate was so small and light there was a greater chance of inhaling it. For me, it meant never leaving home without my inhaler and avoiding being outdoors on poor air quality days. The air quality was so poor that despite having built a green home, I eventually ended up moving to Santa Barbara because my airflow was steadily decreasing at the rate of 5 percent a year. After twenty years, that was a significant loss and one that might have had me hooked up to a oxygen tank by the time I was sixty. To check air quality levels in your area, look up the most recent American Lung Association State of the Air report at www.

Two good apps are Breezeometer and Purple Air, which is becoming a popular outdoor air quality measuring device. Now imagine that no matter where you are in a room with the singing bird (above, below, to the side), its song, a source of information, is transmitted in all directions. Viewed as a form of energy, this means that this force, this song, is distributed throughout the room, similar to the way the sun's energy radiates light in all directions. The farther we are from the source, an ever-decreasing amount of energy remains. Nevertheless, we still hear the bird's frequencies clearly over long distances. Let's consider the example of throwing two stones side by side into water. We see how each wave freely unfolds, with the waves penetrating one another instead of displacing one another, such that each stone's waves move within the circles of the other stone's waves. This applies even if the stones are thrown with varying force, one after the other, into the water, resulting in different wave crests. When I throw a stone in the water, concentric waves form, spreading out in ripples on the water's surface. The same principle applies to sound. Since sound waves always propagate spatially, their waves are always three-dimensional. Imagine what it must be like. Explore how that affects you in the head, heart, and body. We can get stuck at always seeing things from one particular viewpoint--our own, which is inevitably filtered through our own experiences and biases. Regularly practicing mindfulness meditation increases activation in the area of the brain that is linked to perspective. Notice when your thoughts turn to, If only. If only I had a different job/boss/partner. If only I had more money/time/space. Notice the thought and what, if anything, precedes it. Acknowledge and explore the felt sense in the body, along with any accompanying emotions.

If we are constantly fantasizing about a time when all will be wonderful, we are failing to be present in this moment. This entire conversation had thrown me off, but I had to acknowledge that people had been suggesting similar things to me for a long time. Even when I was a kid, people told me that they saw me in front of big crowds, inspiring others. I thought they were talking about me catching touchdown passes in big games. But maybe there was something more to my life. As you already know, that speaking engagement went great. Even though it was one of the most fearful, confidence-shaking things I've done, it turned out to be the most impactful for my life. I don't think I've ever had an audience so locked in--the kids weren't even blinking. Afterward, they asked me all kinds of questions about life, about dreams, about purpose. They saw me as someone who could help them get the most out of their lives. I was shocked by their response. Researchers have found that charitable acts stimulate our brain's reward center, leading to the warm glow we feel when we know we've helped someone out. As a hands-on learning environment, volunteering is also a great way to acquire new skills. Want to learn about art history? Volunteer as a docent at a museum. If you like building things, consider donating some of your time to an organization like Habitat for Humanity. Many nonprofit organizations and corporations provide leadership-training opportunities for volunteers--the Stanford Social Innovation Review even calls service-based learning the new executive training ground. Along those lines, volunteering is a great way to gain experience in new fields and try out possible careers without needing to make any long-term commitments. It can also be helpful in demonstrating your skills, experience, and commitment to prospective employers. According to The Wall Street Journal, Skilled volunteer work--such as helping a nonprofit with its finances--makes job applicants look more appealing to hiring managers.