It seems like we are always in the midst of a new health craze. Doing juice cleanses, going gluten-free, adopting the lifestyle of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors... But should we be looking in a completely different direction for the key to living a long, healthy life? Research has shown that an individual’s number of personal relationships drastically affects not only when and how we get sick, but also how we get better, and how long we stay that way.
Roses, chocolates, cards, and prix-fixe dinners- we all know the drill, but do you know how February 14th became a symbol of romance? As it turns out, there are different accounts of the holiday’s origins, but it’s clear that several key players contributed to what we know as Valentine’s Day. The day’s namesake, Saint Valentine, was most likely a priest in Rome during the third century. After Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriages so that there would be more single men to be
With the anxiety of shopping for the perfect gift and the strain of expressing enthusiasm for receiving yet another lackluster present, it’s easy to wonder why we put ourselves through the whole process. This is not a new concern; exchanging gifts has presented a challenge across cultures and throughout time. This is probably because presents are not merely objects, but rather expressions of sentiments and a way to keep relationships active. An example of this is the Kula Rin
It’s easier to connect than ever in this day and age. You can check in with a friend living halfway around the world from your bed, order flowers for a loved one while sitting in traffic, and even find an acquaintance from your childhood with three taps and a click. What happens when you don’t know someone’s phone number? You can just email them. Or message them. Try chatting them. Or poking them. Tweet at them. And if all else fails, google them. The paths to communication a