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Carpe diem – but keep the future in mind

Just because it’s grey and rainy doesn’t mean its not a great afternoon for a paddle and a swim. Stop in to play Paw Patrol with grandson Oscar, just four, and enjoy homemade squash soup made by his father Nathan. Oscar is so thrilled by his presents. Doesn’t mind if some are from the “buy and sell,” not perfect. They are just tools to trigger his vast imagination. Then off to the lake. Stop in to watch some Wimbledon with Janet and Terry. Sharpo has a few lapses. Gets ticked off, loses. Still, he’s so good, Canadian, just getting started. Djokovic plays chess, plays the odds, plays the angles. But he had to learn to control his emotions too. Outside I play with Pax and her ball as we head down to the lake. Beautiful black German shepherd –best dog ever! Launch kayak into the greyness. Scan for eagles. Pull

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The science of being positive

There’s growing evidence that a positive outlook and feelings of thankfulness, also referred to as gratefulness, can have a beneficial effect on the brain and body. “If thankfulness were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system,” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center. The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness and thankful. As 2021 unfolds and we look back on a bleak 2020, perhaps there are some things we can be thankful for, such as a vaccine arriving for COVID-19 and some major breakthroughs in healthcare. And that if you’re reading this article, you made it to 2021! Studies have shown measurable effects on multiple body and brain systems. Those include mood neurotransmitters, reproductive hormones, social bonding hormones, cognitive and pleasure related

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