20 min of nature daily significantly lower stress level

We know that spending time in nature reduces stress, but until now it was unclear how much is enough. New study shows that in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes in nature.

Study firms up diet and depression link

In an unusual experiment, Australian researchers have found that among Torres Strait Islander people the amount of processed food eaten is related to depression.

A school in US hopes to see suspensions drop with new meditation offering

Rather than sending misbehaving children straight to the principal's office, a Merrillville elementary school in US is teaching basic meditation techniques.

Denmark just opened the "world’s most humane" prison

The architects created a vibrant community where the inmates would be reminded of a life they once left behind, therefore encouraging an eagerness to leave the system and return to society.

Children in single-mother-by-choice families do just as well as those in two-parent families

A study comparing the well-being of children growing up in single-mother-by-choice and heterosexual two-parent families has found no differences in terms of parent-child relationship or child development.

Drop in violence associated with smoke-free policy at psychiatric hospital

The study has important implications for the introduction of smoke-free policies, not only in psychiatric hospitals but also in other institutions such as prisons.

Gut Bacteria Can Influence Brain Activity, New Research Finds

According to team of neuroscientists in Portugal and Australia, bacteria in the guts may be chemically communicating with the brain in such a way as to impact dietary choices.

17,000 Indian Doctors Pledge To Deliver Baby Girls For Free

This gesture from the doctors comes as a remarkable and much needed move in a country where female foeticide and torture to mothers delivering girls is rampant. The neglect of female child is the accomplice for firm desire of having a boy child in their family.

Finland will become the 1st to get rid of all school subjects

Finland will become the first country in the world to get rid of all school subjects. Schools will now have to teach events and phenomena to approach different subjects. Finland hopes to bring out the full potential of their students.

How the mind affects the body

In what way is the mind connected to the body, and vice versa?

The people who help you die better

Pain is just the visible part of the iceberg of suffering. A network of compassionate volunteers caring for their terminally ill neighbours is helping more people in Kerala, India, to end their days at peace and at home.

Kangaroo care - why keeping baby close is better for everyone

A shortage of incubators and a hunch about marsupials inspired a Colombian doctor to try something radical to save premature babies’ lives. Some believe constant skin-to-skin contact with parents is not only cheaper than hi-tech neonatal care—it may be better.

Mediterranean diet may have lasting effects on brain health

Older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely, new research shows.

Green Entrepreneurs Need to Think Like Eco-Citizens

Eco-citizens adopt a philosophical approach to life. It’s holistic. Eco-citizens see themselves as small cogs in a large interwoven ecological system. They care for sustainability and biodiversity and, yet, understand that the industrial world has already used much of the planet’s ecological capital.

Holistic consumerism

Holistic consumerism is one of the major shifts that have been noted in the health and wellness category. Aside from simple exercise and nutrition, mental health is also thrown into the mix, which accounts for positivity, mindfulness, relaxation and self-care.