Did you know that connections in your brain are either growing or dying off, depending on your lifestyle? Celebrity psychologist Dr. Amen says it best: “When you stop learning, your brain starts dying.” While this may sound a bit harsh, studies have proven his hypothesis to be true. Certainly, an
As noted in several previous articles, Hong Kong is one of the biological hotspots of the world, a fact that goes mostly overlooked by many visitors and even residents. This is in large part due to its extensive network of protected country parks which, while not as eye-catching as its
You are not alone! Communication tips & resources for Hong Kongers dealing with youth mental health challenges
In my work as partner of QNTM consulting, I often speak with leaders in well-being and management teams of Asian based companies looking to better support their workforces and support the UN’s Sustainability Development Goal #3 (SDGs) related to good health and well-being. Working with stakeholders of all levels, my
It’s a sad truth about capitalist society that even the seemingly inoffensive, mass-produced things we consume typically involve a degree of inequity and exploitation in their production. Sadder still is that this is especially true of some of our most commonly consumed commodities, including mobile phones, chocolate and even coffee
Book Review: The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Dr. Bruce Lipton
Published in 2006, Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief has become a best-selling classic within the genre of self-improvement and human psychology. It’s now considered a foundational text in the burgeoning field of epigenetics, described by the CDC as “the study of how your behaviours and environment can cause changes
Not everyone is a natural sports person. Chances are you might have known (or even been) someone who dreaded gym class and spent every minute of it waiting for the end-of-lesson bell. And yet, sports participation can potentially add such great value to a child’s life, whether they become a
Imagine you’re out for a stroll in the countryside in Hong Kong. Perhaps you might spot some turtles basking by on side of a reservoir, or a cluster of flowers with tiny pink and yellow heads, or a school of fan-tailed fish in a stream. The picture of nature’s perfection,
Once upon a time in the early 2000s, Masarang Mountain in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, was a barren, useless area of steep land where once there had been lush rainforest. On most days, the pitiless sun would beat down endlessly on the ground. In the rainy season, the exposed soil easily
City Nature Challenge 2022: Get outside and have fun recording nature’s wonders in your own backyard
Do you like a challenge that gets you outdoors? Do you like identifying and learning about the wild animals and plants in your local area? And do you also like taking copious numbers of photos on your phone?WELL then, save the dates between April 29th and May 2nd, 2022. Because
First spoken in 1826 by French lawyer, politician and author of Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste) Jean Anthelme Brillat- Savarin, the phrase “you are what you eat” was coined. The original version actually went more along the lines of “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you
Autumn, Winter and Spring are arguably the best times of year in Hong Kong. Aside from numerous festivals (e.g. Christmas, Chinese New Year), the pleasantly cool weather is also perfect for doing our favourite outdoor activitiesBut alas, all good things come to an end. The heat of Summer is already
Overfishing is one of the most pressing environmental problems of our time. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), over a third of all wild fish stocks are overfished. And this is likely an underestimate given the lack of data in parts of Asia and
In the last few weeks, we’ve all been transfixed in horror on the events unfolding in Ukraine. As the violence continues, Ukrainians are escaping into neighbouring countries by the millions. Most have very few possessions and limited connections in their new host countries. UNICEF estimates over 1 million children (like
According to one study, Hong Kong’s seas are home to a whopping 5,943 species. But only one can be safely described as a beloved animal in the public eye: the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, known locally as the pink dolphin. Photo Credit: Naomi Brannan Although this species is fairly widespread across
2022 is well underway. Like many of you though, I feel as though I’m still working to get in a “proper groove” with work and life. I’m about halfway through 5 different book titles, behind on multiple work projects and juggling family responsibilities. So, when I sat down to write this
Applied Wisdom and Purpose: How Closed Loop Partners’ CEO Ron Gonen came to lead the circular economy movement
In his early 30s, Ron Gonen was living “the dream” of many aspiring entrepreneurs. The company he founded, Recyclebank, had grown from a fledgling 2-person start-up into a respectable business with dozens of municipal and commercial clients across the United States. For two years in a row, the company was
Seventy million barrels of oil per year to make polyester alone. The world’s fourth largest lake sucked dry to water cotton fields. A dump truck of textile waste incinerated or landfilled every second, with a 60% increase projected by 2030. The Aral Sea in Central Asia has been dried up
When I describe my profession as ‘massage therapist’, I get the sort of response one might expect if I had just called myself a ‘magician’. But as most spas and massage parlors are booked more than ever these days, it’s important that consumers have a deeper understanding of how their
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