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Mindful : December 2018
EXTRA ORDINARY ACTS OF KINDNESS When a betrothed couple’s wedding officiant broke a leg during the rehearsal din- ner, the event’s catering manager happened to be a licensed officiant, so he stepped in and married them. Over the last 10 years, a 93-year- old man in Iowa has bought about 6,000 chocolate bars and handed them out to friends and strangers. A Tennessee truck driver bought a school bus to rescue animals during natural disasters. When Hurricane Florence hit, he rescued 64 dogs and cats from South Carolina shelters that were in the storm’s path. Could a park a day keep the doctor away? Not every health issue has an easy fix, but one DC pediatrician believes that kids today suffer from a lack of outdoor play. Robert Zarr, MD, founder of Park Rx America, a nonprofit that encourages doctors to pre- scribe time in parks, told the New York Times he writes at least one prescription a day for park time, with a sug- gested activity, duration, and frequency. Evidence shows that spending time in nature has positive impacts on physical and mental health, including common child- hood and teenage problems of obesity, diabetes, depres- sion, and anxiety. The art of taking a walk “Answers are every where”: Such is the promise of Street Wisdom, a nonprofit urging pedestrians to wander mindfully and, in so doing, amp up their creative problem-solving skills. Through its volunteer-run “walkshops,” which happen all over the world, Street Wisdom encourages participants to tune in to their senses, and then—while taking a mindful stroll around their city—employ this height- ened aware- ness to see where the streets offer “hidden messages, chance meetings, and unexpected discoveries.” “I’m always bringing myself back to the moment by acknowl- edging the wind and paying attention to digging my feet into the sand.” — Kerri Walsh Jennings, professional beach volleyball player, Olympic medalist, and mindfulness practitioner, in Shape magazine what’s new PHOTOGRAPHYBYROBERTCOLLINS/UNSPLASH,ZUMAPRESS,INC./ALAMY