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Understanding Fitness Deserts

A couple months ago, Good had a great feature about the idea of a fitness desert--essentially, a place where, due to some combination of environmental and social factors, getting out, walking around, and exercising is unusually difficult. As far as I can tell, the piece, by Alex Schmidt, is one of the first to use the term fitness desert--and I'd guess, in part, this is because coming up with any sort of clear definition of one is complex.

Anticipatory Quarantines

It’s exciting to think of the world as a highly connectedplace, where people, goods, and ideas spread easily and freely to the larger global population.  Through Twitter, you can hear about what is happening on the ground during a protest in a city thousands of miles away, and through the expansive network of international air travel, you can be on another continent within hours of leaving your home.  Of course, not everything nor everyone travels freely to everywhere they’d like to go, and not every idea moves seamlessly, but, for the most part, it feels like each year, we have m

Simple Games, Shared Experiences and the Future of Empathy

A great game called Spent has gotten a fair bit of attention for its incredibly simple yet powerful simulation of life below the poverty line.

Social Connectedness and the Future of Well-Being

Last week, I happened upon this several year old article called the Social Context of Well-being about how social connection and social capital influence well-being.

How Climate Change Could Impact Health and Well-Being

Via I came across this study highlighting some of the ways in which climate change will impact health and well-being. The study, from University of Wisconsin researchers, is, not surprisingly, depressing. Among the findings:

What Social Structures Improve Well-Being?

One of the topics we'll be exploring at our Health Horizons conference this week involves how emerging sharing practices are creating new strategies for improving health and well-being.

Announcing Health Horizons' 2011 Research Agenda

Laughter might really be the best medicine, and money *can* buy happiness (at least to some extent)

This weekend, I read with interest an article that appeared in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago entitled, "The Laughing Guru."  Turns out that Forbes and TIME have covered laughter yoga recently, as well.

How Simplicity Can Improve Well-Being

My life has been shaped by stories of people who have transformed their lifestyles to embrace simplicity. They dare to do radically less and have radically less, and end up with more - happiness, well-being, peace, time, and meaning.

In light of the Health Horizons’ current research on Resilient Bodies and Lifestyles, let’s meet Peter Lawrence and the SoulTravelers3.


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