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AVIAN EXODUS: A flock of migrating cranes congregates at Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel. (NIR ELIAS/REUTERS)
AVIAN EXODUS: A flock of migrating cranes congregates at Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel. (NIR ELIAS/REUTERS)

Talking Points: Migrating cranes, enduring hardships, activity in retirement Add to ...

HARD KNOCK LIFE

Although life can sometimes be overwhelming, there’s an upside to enduring hardships. The Daily Mail reports on a study from the University of British Columbia and the Barcelona School of Management that focused on nearly 15,000 adults. Participants were queried on details of how they dealt with an upsetting situation and then presented with six positive scenarios, including going on a nature hike and gazing at a waterfall. Researchers discovered that those respondents who had gone through tough times – divorce, death of a loved one, for example – were more capable of enjoying life’s transient pleasures. “Individuals who had dealt with more adversity in the past reported an elevated capacity for savouring,” the report said.

SLOWING DOWN

Most people become far less active once they retire, according to new research. Reuters reports on a new British study that showed both men and women residing in eastern England reported a significant decline in physical activity immediately after they stopped working. Though the size of the decline varied with gender and the job, the researchers said the majority of people used less energy once they retired, which is not necessarily the healthiest thing. Said aging expert Stephen Kritchevsky: “What I’d be wondering and concerned about is that people may not adjust their energy intake to balance their reduction in expenditure.”

CORE HEALTH

Besides keeping the doctor away, an apple a day could be your best protecting against heart attacks. The Vancouver Sun reports on new research indicating that apples could be just as effective as statins when it comes to preventing strokes and heart attacks. University of Oxford researchers recently concluded that roughly 8,500 deaths could be prevented each year if people in their 50s who weren’t on statins simply ate an apple each day. It turns out that apples are high in soluble fibre, which slows the buildup of cholesterol-laden plaque in the heart’s arteries. “While no one currently prescribed medicine should replace them for apples, we could all benefit from eating more fruit,” said Oxford researcher Adam Briggs.

THOUGHT DU JOUR

Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will break our hearts.

Robert Fulghum, Author (1937- )

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