Day 14: Could the sun be good for your heart?

Our bodies get Vitamin D from the sun, but as dermatologist Richard Weller suggests, sunlight may confer another surprising benefit too. New research by his team shows that nitric oxide, a chemical transmitter stored in huge reserves in the skin, can be released by UV light, to great benefit for blood pressure and the cardiovascular […]

Day 13: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

Today’s TED Talk was based around meditation and the idea that taking at least 10 minutes out of your day can help prevent stress from becoming too overwhelming. I’ve always thought meditation was about clearing your mind of any thoughts. However, as Andy Puddicombe shares, it’s about mindfully watching thoughts come and go and not being too […]

Day 12: Fifty shades of gay

It is within human nature, in our neurological make-up, to seek out people like ourselves and environments that re-enforce our personal choices. But what happens when we are confronted with people who are not like us? In history, we have seen wars fought over religion, freedom denied because of colour, and now we are seeing […]

Day 11: Philosophy in prison

Damon Horowitz shares a an encounter that questions our conceptions of right and wrong. Damon teaches college-level Philosophy classes to prisoners in a US prison. I think it’s a noble calling to bring to life something as complex as Philosophy and teach that to inmates in prison. Not because it is an unpleasant environment to […]

Day 10: The shared experience of absurdity

This is another talk from the guys at ImprovEverywhere. The key take away for me is that as ImprovEverywhere do these projects, someone who might be watching the No-Pants Subway Ride on her own might feel scared and confused. But as the experience of absurdity is shared with other people who are also shared and […]