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We spend a fortune on medical care but we don't get the health results we desire.
It is probably because we're overly focused on medical care, but don't invest in our social world the way we could. We need to have a broader understanding of health, that involves day-to-day interactions.
There are low-cost interventions that are community-based that can have a significant impact on people's health down the road.
We need to be gentle on new mothers and families and provide support to help buffer the stresses that may arise. It is something every person who's listening can do something about.
They actually change our physiology. In one study, groups of rabbits were given a high-fat diet to establish the effects on heart health.
One group of rabbits did particularly well. The researchers looked around and discovered that one particular researcher was petting the one group of rabbits while feeding them. She was giving them love and kindness.
When most of us think about health, we think about diet, exercise, and sleep, but access to medical care only accounts for about 20% of our health.
How we treat each other is the biggest contributor to health. The missing component of medicine is kindness, love and a strong sense of community.
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In girls, frequent social-media use seemed to harm health when it led to either cyberbullying and/or inadequate sleep and exercise.
But these factors did not seem to have the same effect on boys, and the study didn’t pick up on specific ways that social networks could be harming them.
“It’s about getting a balance between social-media use and other age-appropriate activities, and ensuring that there aren’t specific negative things happening online."