Smiling and Life Span微笑和寿命的关系
The broader your grin and the deeper the creases around your eyes when you smile, the longer you are likely to live。
Broader grins and wrinkles around the eyes reflect an underlying positive outlook on life that translates into better long-term health, the researchers believe。
Experts studied 230 pictures of major league baseball players printed in the 1952 Baseball Register。
The researchers ranked each player according to whether they had no smile at all, a partial smile, where only the muscles around the mouth were involved, or a full-blown smile that featured a toothy grin, raised cheeks and creases around the eyes. The researchers then compared the photos with the life span of each player。
The results revealed that of the 184 players that had since died, those in the ‘no smile’ category had lived an average of 72.9 years。
The findings support another study which showed that being happy can reduce the risk of heart disease
There once was a master who went to india. in those times, we didn't have the communications or airplanes or many kinds of transportation that we do now. so the master went to india on foot. he had never been to india before; perhaps he came from persia. and when he got there, he saw a lot of fruit. in india they have plenty of fruit to sell, but much of it is expensive because they can't grow much due to the water situation. so he saw one basket, a big basket of some very red, long fruit. and it was the cheapest in the shop, not expensive at all.
So he went up and asked, "how much per kilo?" and the shopkeeper said, "two rupees." two rupees in india is nothing; it's like dirt. so he bought a whole kilogram of the fruit and started eating it. but after he ate some of it: oh, my god! his eyes watered, his mouth watered and burned, his eyes were burning, his head was burning and his face became red. as he coughed and choked and gasped for breath, he jumped up and down, saying, "ah! ah! ah!"
But he still continued to eat the fruit! some people who were looking at him shook their heads and said, "you're crazy, man. those are chilies! you can't eat so many; they're not good for you! people use them as a condiment, but only a little bit to put into food for taste. you can't just eat them by the handful like that; they're not fruit!" so the stupid master said, "no, i can't stop! i paid money for them, and now i'll eat them. it's my money!"
And you think that master was stupid, right? similarly, we sometimes do a lot of things like that. we invest money, time or effort in a relationship, business or job. and even though it's been a long time, bitter experience tells us it won't work, and we know there's no more hope that things will change in the future – this we definitely know by intuition – we still continue just because we've invested money, time, effort and love into it. if so, we're kaput in the brain. just like the man who ate the chilies and suffered so much but couldn't stop because he didn't want to waste the money he'd paid.
So even if you've lost something, let it go and move on. that's better than continuing to lose.
lesson from the moon 月亮的启示
by vicki baum
when the moon is fullest it begins to wane, when it is darkest it begins to grow.
there is a calm wisdom in this old saying that impressed me when i heard it first form a monk of a buddhist monastery in china. it has often, helped me to retain a good measure of equanimity under stress and hardship as well as when some unexpected success or good luck might have made me to exuberant. there is hope and consolation in the sure knowledge that even the darkest hours of pains and troubles won’t last: but also a warning against overrating the passing glories of wealth, power and great fortune. a warning and a hope, not only for the individual, but for government, nations and their leaders, a brief summing up of all that history and human experience can tell us. and beyond all that we might hear in it an echo of the law and order that holds our universe in safe balance.