Tuesday, December 29, 2015

WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD?


WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD?
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers says it could happen

Waaay, waay back in February 2008, Ms. Myers mused that:
Women should rule the world.
That was it, the answer to her frustration and growing political alienation. It seemed so simple, so obvious. Women!

If women were in charge, things might actually change. Instead of posturing, we’d have cooperation. Instead of gridlock, we’d have progress. Instead of a shouting match, we’d have a conversation. A very long conversation.  But a conversation nonetheless. Everyone would just hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.”   Or would they?

Jump to 2015 and we of the Red Hat Society ponder, “What would life be like if Red and Pink Hatters ruled the world?”


For starters, if Hatters were in charge, the world would at least be more fun and definitely more colorful.  Picture us teaching the world leaders to line dance.  (No leaders required in line dancing; quite a sobering thought!) Most Hatters are through with the outdated “women are the power behind the throne” idea.  Considering our demographic controls most of the purse strings; we own the throne.  Collectively, we have the wisdom of the ages.  Let’s put it to good use. Here we come!  Now let’s all hold hands and finally sing that song. And, maybe will still have time for a spot of tea.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

WANT TO AVOID DISEASE? HUG MORE

If you failed to get a flu shot this year, you should cuddle up. New research suggests that you can inoculate yourself from common diseases with hugs. It seems counterintuitive, especially since germs are easily spread through physical contact. But researchers from Carnegie Mellon are convinced a new study shows hugs and other forms of social support actually prevent illness. They exposed 400 random individuals to a cold or flu virus through nasal drops, then quarantined them for a week in a hotel.

Meanwhile, they asked the participants about how much support and physical contact they had received recently. Those who felt more supported by their loved ones--and received more hugs--were significantly less susceptible to stress-induced infections.

 Actually, hugs have long been scientifically-associated with stress relief. When we embrace others, oxytocin is released into our brains, making us feel more secure and trusting towards each other. It’s known as “the bonding hormone,” and when it’s released it lowers our cortisol levels, reducing stress. But never before have hugs been shown to protect against disease. So while flu shots are still the best bet for avoiding sickness, it can't hurt to augment your prevention routine with as many hugs as you can get!


Helpful hint from The Daily Curio, thank you.  Red Hat Society Members are hugging PROs!



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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rule #1 - Red Hat Society Style



One of the wisest people we know is Ruby RedHat, our RHS mascot.  Her adventures with Pink Pearl can be followed in our broadcasts.  We hope that you are familiar with her famous “Top Ten Rules forLiving.”  Red Hat Society Members don’t have many real rules, like Pirates, these rules are more like guidelines. If you don’t know about Rule #1, let us introduce you:

“Accept Reality and live in the here and now.”

When asked to elaborate on this rule, Ruby said:  “We (Red and Pink Hatters) accept life, and people, as they are.  When push comes to shove, we have to do that.  The sooner we stop wasting our energy trying to change other people or inevitable circumstances, the sooner we can expend our strength on what we want to do with rest of our lives. 

A large part of accepting reality is doing the best we can within the boundary of the day in which we are currently living. Among the things we can never change is our past. Ruby says there’s no point wasting valuable mental energy rehashing our personal histories, and she’s right!

So here’s to living in the present and enjoying life to the fullest! #RHSisSimplyFun

(Ruby RedHat’s “Top Ten Rules for Living” may be found on the RHS website, www.RedHatsociety.com under Fun Stuff.)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Adult Coloring Books - Relax and color

 
Adult Coloring Books have recently become top sellers on Amazon.com. Adult Coloring Books are a FUN way to relieve stress and sharpen your mental skills. "Studies have shown that making art can normalize blood pressure, cortisol levels and heart rate as well as improve feelings of well-being and self-esteem," says Erica Curtis, LMFT, art therapist and instructor with UCLArts and Healing. "Coloring involves attention to the present moment," says Curtis. "And, like during meditation your mind may wander, yet the task of coloring requires it to return to the focal point that is grounded in the present."

Coloring a Mandela or plaid design for 20 minutes was found to be more effective at reducing anxiety levels compared with free-form coloring over the same amount of time.

Coloring books are a way for people to artistically express themselves when they may lack the skills or ability to try traditional art forms like painting, sculpting or craftwork. You don't have to learn how to color. This is why coloring may be ideal for people with decreased cognitive function, like dementia or Alzheimer's disease, or those who have trouble concentrating.

When is the best time to color? Whenever you need it! "Just like following a healthy diet and exercise, the more you do it, the more you will reap its positive rewards," says Curtis. Five to 10 minutes here or there throughout the week is all you may need!

Highlights from UCLA Health newsletter, October 2015, "Mind and Memory"

Being a Red Hat Society Member is also stress relieving. Try it! 


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