Posts Tagged ‘sunlight’

Italian village builds its own sun

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Source: blog

 

Italian village builds its own sun

“Who could live in a town that never sees a breath of sunlight? Viganella, a remote village of German Buddhists in northern Italy, has long experienced such a plight. Located deep in a valley, the little community resides at such a point that from mid-November to early February each year, the residents never see the sun’s direct glow ”

 

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Comments: All we can say on reviewing this article – if you have regular access to sunlight, you don’t know how lucky you are!

 

 


What Makes Us Happy

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Source: Trans World Network

 

What Makes Us Happy

 

This premise, that humanity has evolved for million of years to live in, thrive in, and enjoy a specific environment (notably the warm, sunny climate of sub-Saharan Africa), logically assumes that when people begin to replicate their instinctive behavior in things like diet (Mostly meat, nuts, and some vegetables) and lifestyle (Active and sun drenched), their happiness should rise as their genetic makeup begins to resonate with their lifestyle.

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Comments: Many of the articles discussing light and how you feel, come at the topic from the point of view of treating sadness or seasonal affective disorder. This article however is about how light is one of the elements that take us from regular living to happiness. Worth a read to get their insight into the conditions required for happiness.

 

 

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How to: Have a Happier Winter

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Source: Seaholm Highlander

 

How to: Have a Happier Winter

 

With the holidays over and Spring break months away, the winter may seem like a long unnecessary cycle of overcast skies and frigid temperatures.

 

A combination of shorter days, less sunlight, and cold temperatures may cause heightened feelings of depression and sadness during the winter months. However there are several things you can do to improve your mood and make the winter more bearable.

 

Get Some (fake) Sun: While there may seem to be a shortage of sunny days during Michigan winters, take advantage of them and get outdoors. Sunlight releases neurotransmitters in the brain that improve mood. Enjoy the benefits of sunlight even on overcast days by using full spectrum light bulbs, which have been shown to ‘mimic natural sunlight.’

 

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Comments: For those living in the Northern hemisphere we are starting to see the peak of published material on how to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder. This article (from a secondary school paper) has a good down-to-earth list of solutions for those suffering from SAD this year.

 

 

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Circadian rhythms and how to check yours

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Our circadian rhythms are the daily cycle by which our bodies operate. For example: they tell you when to be tired and when to be awake. They are also the useful clock that tells your body to concentrate urine production overnight – allowing you an uninterrupted nights sleep.

 

These rhythms are self-sustaining but set by external cues – the primary one being sunlight or the lack there-of.

 

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More uses for sunlight

Friday, September 9th, 2011

A search on “sunlight and laundry” predominantly brings up mentions of sunlight soap or detergent which just goes to show the branding power of such a powerful word as sunlight.

 

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A sun map of the world

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

We all know that there is day and night. We all know there is summer and winter.

 

But sometimes seeing these concepts in a visual manner at a global level, can present them in a different light.

 

We found this real-time illustration of the sun rising and falling around the world. It is a perfect graphic illustration of how the days are currently longer in the Northern Hemisphere (summer) and shorter in the Southern Hemisphere (winter).

 

 


To sunblock or not to sunblock?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

In many countries today, the ubiquitous summer message is some variant of “slip, slop, slap” (New Zealand’s – “slip into a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat”).

The message is so entrenched that it would seem close to criminally negligent to not do so. (more…)


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 17)

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

HEALTH

Beating the Winter Blues | Create Our World: Hitchhiking | Hoboing
Full spectrum light bulbs provide similar light as the Light Therapy lamp, yet you can put them in other lamps around your house. These are a cheaper alternative than the Light Therapy lamp and provide a similar experience. … (more…)


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 16)

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

HOME DECORATING
Lighting Windowless Rooms | Home Lighting Advice

Complement general lighting with accent lighting like table lamps and wall sconces, to avoid a cave-like atmosphere. Try full spectrum lighting, as it mimic the sun’s natural light. A little bit of maneuvering will turn any windowless .. (more…)


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 15)

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

HEALTH
Healing Power of Light – What You Didn’t Know About Your Anatomy …
When indoors, do what you can to get full-spectrum lighting and avoid florescent lighting. In other words, you need to care about the quality of the light you’re getting. Master “normal abdominal breathing” – that’s the method devised …

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