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Mindful : April 2019
to matching Fer- rari’s record of six straight drivers’ and constructors’ championships. The team’s CEO, Toto Wolff, says mindfulness is a key way that team members can do “a better job than their opposite number at Ferrari.” Is technology changing our hands? For most of human history, we used our hands to cut and shape and measure and sculpt our way through the world. In the age of computers and robotics, we use our fingers less and in fewer ways, which has caused Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical educa- tion at Imperial College, London, to posit that due to a lack of “craft skills” his students have less ability in the cutting and stitching involved in surgery. Time for a new “digital” revolution? COWS CAN HAVE RESILIENCE, TOO People handle stress in different ways—and so do cows, according to a recent study. PhD students in an animal wel- fare program at the University of British Columbia found calves’ abil- ity to cope with typical stressors in dairy-cow life can var y significantly. Some calves showed signs of optimism and resilience, while others tended toward pessimism or fear fulness. FEELING FOGGY? Try this: Give yourself five min- utes to sit and gaze out a window. Notice the colors, shapes, and movements at play. Birds flying by, buildings standing solid—what- ever you see, let it in. MENTAL HEALTH FREE TEA ACTS OF kindness Uber driver Kasim Eldilemi spotted an injured hawk while driving along the multilane FDR Drive in New York City. So he threw on his emergency blinkers, pulled over, took the bird to his car, and drove his passen- ger to Brooklyn with the hawk under his arm. He then found police, who brought the bird to a rehabilita- tion center. Poker champion Scott Wellenbach has been donat- ing his winnings to charity since 2010. A regular meditator now in his six- ties, Wellenbach recently won his biggest jackpot to date—$671,240— and will give it all to charities including Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders. 21-year-old medical student Hamzah Selim was at a London Tube station heading home from an anatomy lecture when he heard a woman scream. He rushed over to find her in labor, and used what he’d learned in school to help deliver the baby on the spot. Everybody’s doing it! More Americans are meditating than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.1% of the adult population repor ted doing it in 2012 compared to 14.2% in 2017, an increase that outpaced even yoga. UK ADDS MENTAL HEALTH MINISTER On World Men- tal Health Day in October 2018, the UK government appointed health minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the role of Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention. With 1 in 8 children and youth in the UK experiencing mental health issues, Doyle-Price will oversee the training of “mental health suppor t teams” to work with young people in schools. The government will also partially fund the Samaritans’ free crisis hotline over the next four years. April 2019 mindful 11 what’s new