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Remote Tristan da Cunha Island Established As Biggest Marine Sanctuary in the Atlantic

If only the governments of first world countries could learn from the remote islands of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean, then the world may end up worrying less about ocean protection and global warming.

The tiny inhabited archipelago of Tristan da Cunha has proclaimed nearly 700 thousand square kilometers of its lands as protected, making it the fourth most extensive protected area in the world. They are, however, the biggest in the Atlantic Ocean region.

Simply put, the group of protected islands is now protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from unlawful fishing, mining, and any other activities that may impact the protected area’s wildlife. The move by the country’s government was made possible through partnerships with Great Britain, a country that is a third of Tristan da Cunha’s size due to the vastness of the remote islands. The archipelago is just over 265 thousand square miles.

Even though the islands are more than six thousand miles from Britain, they are British territories, therefore both governments in conjunction with the Pristine Sea Initiative created by National Geographic and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, will preserve the designated area. Over the last four years the program, called Blue Belt, has protected ocean habitat spanning more than four million square miles.

The aim is to help protect the oceans across the globe by up to 30 percent over the next ten years. In doing so, they are also conserving millions of wildlife on both land and sea. The protected wildlife include migratory birds and sharks, penguins, seals, and whales. They also hope to conserve undersea kelp forests, which help combat free radicals that cause diseases.

They’ve been able to accomplish this feat because Great Britain has multiple remote territories which they’ve placed in the program. Less than 245 people of different cultures occupy the island, and their livelihood comes from the lobster fishery, which does not affect the protected areas.

What is Pristine seas?

The Pristine Sea Initiative, a baby of National Geographic, was established with one purpose in mind, to protect aquatic habitats and their endangered species. The Initiative is bent on helping the world reach the 2030 goal of ensuring protection for more than 30 percent of marine life.

Since its inception in 2008, the Initiative has assisted in collecting scientific data on the importance of specific maritime ecosystems. Their endeavor has supported the generation of 23 marine protected areas. The Initiative’s missions have led to the discovery of previously unknown species, including undersea forests of kelp in the far north. Discoveries like that help the government with making environmental laws based on factual data.

Marine protection yields a more massive fish catch annually, according to a National Academy of Sciences study, which emphasizes that a continuation may see fishing improve by 20 percent in a few years. The study attributed the five percent increase in fishing yield over recent years to protecting marine life.

Meanwhile, just under ten percent of the world’s oceans are protected, but less than three percent of the Marine Protected Areas are exempt from fishing. Environmentalists are hoping that with the world’s dependence on fish for protein and as a livelihood to many, that more governments will make a move like Tristan da Cunha did to protect more areas. Ultimately there will be more fish than they need once marine habitats are conserved, especially since they are the breeding grounds for ocean wildlife.

National Geographic has highlighted that a small country could have made the most significant impact on marine preservation for 2020.

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25 Fitness Tips That EVERY Gym Enthusiast Needs to Know

Shannon Jackson

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Every great journey begins with a single solitary step. In the fitness world, we begin our journey toward health and wellness in earnest when we begin putting in the work. As many newcomers to the world of exercise have come to realize, simply working hard will not always lead to direct and effective results. Do you feel like you are hitting your limits, spinning your tires, or otherwise stalling out with your fitness progress?

To enjoy a more successful journey toward your fitness resolutions, consider incorporating 25 of these secret fitness tips that every gym enthusiast needs to know!

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The Most Expensive High Schools In The United States, Ranked

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We all know just how expensive college can get, with high tuition, dorm fees, books, and living costs. Most parents spend the first 18 years of their children’s life saving up for the high expenses of college. However, sometimes parents may have to dip into these savings a little early with some highly sought after high schools. 

Today, we’ll look at some of the most expensive high schools in the U.S and see what makes them so desirable. The tuition on #1 is mind-blowing.

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Use Mindfulness Methods to Cope with Holidays’ Uncertainty and Stress

Renee Yates

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The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has stunned the entire world. The deadly virus has affected millions across the world in terms of health, business, and economy. Numerous research studies have highlighted the effects of stress on people in the cold winter season. 

However, 2020 is different because there is more stress due to Covid-19. People can’t go out for shopping, share Thanksgiving dinners, or celebrate Christmas with their loved ones. There are several ways to cope with stress and anxiety, but practicing mindfulness is the best method to let go of the past and future. 

Mindfulness allows you to recharge your brain and fully present in the moment. It helps fight depression, anxiety, and stress. At the same, mindfulness can help you cope with the uncertainty that usually occurs during the holiday season. Here are a few mindful ways to cope with tension and stress throughout the holiday season. Read on!

A Balanced Diet 

Food is the central point of any event or celebration, but the holiday season is incomplete without delicious recipes and dishes. It is a great time to enjoy your food traditions. However, unhealthy diets can affect you both physically and mentally. So, make sure you choose the right type of food that you enjoy and benefit your overall wellbeing. 

Studies show that the presentation of good food can enhance your eating experience. According to Dan Ariely, an experienced social psychologist, a good presentation of coffee can upscale its taste. Some people say that their coffee tastes more delicious when it is presented in fancy containers instead of paper cups. 

Likewise, it is crucial to eat and drink wisely. Slow chewing allows your stomach to digest the food properly. You will also experience the flavor, texture, and smell if you take time with each bite. 

Eat healthy food items, such as veggies and fruits because they are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can detoxify your body and increase blood flow to the brain. Eventually, you will have less stress and anxiety. 

Listen to Relaxing Music 

People enjoy the holiday season with the music they love. Listen to the music that demonstrates your religious, cultural, and societal norms. Many evolutionary psychologists say that early human beings developed music for enjoyment and calmness purposes. 

According to Steven Pinker, a psychologist, music is an auditory cheesecake, a byproduct of natural selection. Most psychologists believe that early human played and used music to strengthen bonds within their tribes.  

A growing body of research evidence shows that music can help reduce anxiety and stress. Some studies show that music increases blood circulation and lowers blood pressure levels. Not only does music improve balance, but it also boosts your brain’s plasticity. 

Recent studies have highlighted that music produces emotional effects on your brain and allows you to feel energized, calm, joyful, nostalgic, reflective, and stress-free. It is important to choose music that helps you to get rid of the hustle and bustle in your mind. Create a list of songs that soothes your mind and tranquil your heart.  

Explore Nature 

The holiday season is full of stress and anxiety of many people. Many people miss the pre-Covid-19 world where everyone could go outside and enjoy. Although urban life has its own mental implications, the pre-Covid-19 era was still better than the uncertain times of today. 

Exploring Nature is one of the best ways to cope with your mental stress. A recent research study showed that spending time in Nature, especially in trees for about 15 minutes can help reduce negative thoughts, anxiety, confusion, and depressive symptoms. On the other hand, people who live in urban areas experience more stress. 

Another research study highlighted that people who look up t tall trees for one minute had induced feelings of generosity and calmness. The participants of the study also reported that this practice had lowered their selfish behavior.

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Looking For Happiness? Studies Show It Might Come From Hydration!

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According to a report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine, the average adequate intake for water is roughly 3.7 liters for men and around 2.7 liters for women. Obviously, these requirements may change based upon our body composition and day-to-day rigors, but that is a solid foundation to begin your water consumption. When we drink the appropriate amount of water, we know that our skin can become clearer and our organs can function better. However, did you also know that the amount of water you drink might have a direct impact on how happy you are in general?

A poll conducted by the team at OnePoll was performed in conjunction with Bosch Home Appliances to explore hydration, water intake, and its many impacts on our wellbeing. According to the report, the study found that nearly 40% of respondents would drink at least six or more glasses of water every single day. In doing so, these poll responders claimed that they strongly agreed that hydration was playing a beneficial role in an increase in their happiness. The study went on to theorize that refreshments, such as a glass of water or fresh juice, could help us wake up feeling more refreshed, less exhausted, and more ready to tackle the day.

As the study performed by OnePoll progressed, one thing became abundantly clear: people associated their water intake with success and happiness. Individuals who drank at least six glasses of water per day were far more likely to describe themselves as ‘successful’ and ‘least likely’ to be late on their way to the office. These numbers were almost directly polarized by individuals who reported significantly less water intake throughout the day. Those who reported drinking less than six glasses often described themselves as ‘struggling to wake up’ or ‘feeling exhausted’ at random times during the week.

While the study by OnePoll with Bosch Home Appliances was far from conclusive, it gave us a direct look into how our relationship to water can change the perspective we have on our own health. Those that did not keep up with their water intake were less optimistic overall. What does this actually mean and can any truth be gleaned from the is study? Those who drank plenty of water found themselves happier while also more satisfied and confident with their efforts.

Other factors that may impact how much water you should consume per day will vary based upon where you live, what you eat, how active you are, and your overall health. Extensive studies in China have found that avoiding water for up to 36 hours can have a direct and noticeable impact on attention, memory, reaction speed, focus, and overall levels of fatigue. According to studies within the U.S. healthcare system, nearly 75% of adult Americans walk around chronically dehydrated, subsisting on just 2.5 cups of water per day while over-consuming other, less healthy beverages.

One of the best ways to ensure proper water consumption is by incorporating a filtered water bottle into your day-to-day routine. Simply refilling a reusable water bottle multiple times per day can have a direct impact on your health, happiness, and energy levels.

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Veteran Father With PTSD Treated By Son’s Life-Changing Tech Development!

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When Patrick Skluzacek went overseas to serve in Iraq on behalf of the United States Military, he returned home as a changed man. His son, Tyler Skluzacek, knew his father as an outgoing man brimming with joy and ready to laugh. The man that returned was not quite the same, instead consumed by memories of his time in places like Fallujah.

Chronic memories would prevent Patrick from sleeping, and instead throwing himself around while breaking out in heavy sweat. The vivid nightmares were unbearable and the manifesting case of PTSD was breaking the life Patrick had built. It would get so bad that Patrick would watch as his marriage fell apart, his career crash and burn, and the relationship he had with his loved ones change.

According to a report published by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the story that we just unveiled surrounding Patrick is far from isolated. More than 52% of soldiers who see combat end up with some level of post-traumatic stress disorder, leading often to nightmares, broken relationships, and much worse. This number compares to roughly 3% of an average sampling of the civilian population, which goes to show just how much stress and pressure soldiers have to face.

While many of these veterans end up facing their nightmares alone, some savvy individuals are working to make a change for everyone. Patrick’s son, Tyler, would attend Macalester College in Saint Paul where he would begin learning about computer hacking and program development. During his years in school, he would learn to develop mobile applications, focusing largely on assisting those with PTSD.

Through his work at an on-campus job, Tyler was able to raise a sizable amount of money to fund a trip to Washington. He wanted to compete in a hackathon competition to showcase a smartwatch he had developed. Tyler had conceptualized a smartwatch that helped detect night terrors based on measurements like physical movement and elevated heart rate. The goal of the watch was to read this data and pulse a stimulus that helped the individual in question to pull from REM sleep before they were affected.

In order to win the competition, however, Tyler would need to test the smartwatch on someone willing to be his guinea pig. Enter dad. Tyler said of using his father as a client, “I was terrified.” Tyler would go on to explain that he was nervous about tracking so much data that it felt akin to ‘having a baby.’

Despite his nerves, Tyler and Patrick would work together around-the-calendar to develop the algorithm and hardware necessary to complete the task. Tyler cited the closeness he felt toward his father as a key motivator in the successful development of the device. Patrick remarked upon the first time he noticed the watch working, “It was night and day.” Patrick would go on to describe those moments as ‘little miracles’. After dealing with PTSD on his own for near a decade, Patrick had finally found a source of relief to the night terrors that had otherwise been a constant.

While it would be easy to temper expectations with such a small sample size, progress has exploded in the intervening time since the smartwatch’s inception. The Food and Drug Administration has already approved the application to function with Apple Watch. The V.A. is also getting in on the action by supplying the application through its prescription services for individuals who request it.

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