Get cozy and take a break with this week’s good news. Let’s go!
“It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.” – Betty White, actress
1. Everybody Dance Now
An arts center in Glasgow, Scotland, is harnessing the power of dance — literally. At rest, the human body produces about 100 watts of energy. When people start dancing, the watts start rising. The SWG3 arts center, which hosts some of the city’s largest dance parties, is installing a new renewable heating and cooling system that will transfer dancers’ heat into an underground thermal battery. It may take years, but the system should eventually reduce the center’s total carbon output by up to 70%, and it may be replicable.
2. Holding Back a Desert
One pharmacy owner in Chicago is using his deep neighborhood roots and some creative thinking to keep his store open. It's a challenge when pharmacies are disappearing in Black and Latino neighborhoods. These pharmacy deserts are growing because of a combination of insurance policies, low pharmacy reimbursement rates and other skewed health care policies.
Owner Edwin Muldrow’s perspective underscores the importance of community in success: “Once you respect the community, the neighborhood looks out for you.”
3. Rx for Happiness
A few providers at a medical center in Oakland, California, are giving out “old school” paper prescriptions, but they’re not prescribing medicine. Instead, the prescriptions are for health and happiness practices, like taking deep breaths, singing in the shower and giving someone a hug. For patients, the happiness prescriptions can contribute to a plethora of health benefits. For providers, it’s a way to show that happiness can be as valuable to health as pills.
Wondering what to do with your Christmas evergreen now that it’s not so green? Here are some environmentally-friendly ways to say goodbye to your Christmas tree.
Betty White, who died at 99 years old on New Year’s Eve, deftly dismissed aging stereotypes while simultaneously making a nation laugh. Dodge the fake social media posts linking her death to the COVID-19 booster, and head straight to her 2010 guest appearance on SNL. It will have you laughing 'til you cry.
The meaning of self-care can change daily. Ask yourself: What is it that you need today? – MO
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