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If youâ€™re seeing more green these days and wondering how you can help to minimize your own carbon footprint, you are in for an unexpected treat. The indulgent rewards of going green are physical, mental and, individual. Studies have found that people who see the larger picture in life and engage in group involvement to improve that picture actually boost their own wellbeing and longevity in the process. Going green isnâ€™t only about the greater good. As environmental concerns shift from mere political rhetoric to very impassioned movements, the magical fringe benefit of doing good is icing on the cake of a green lifestyle.
A wide body of research suggests that being involved in something larger than ourselves; a group, an organizationâ€”a breeze through the house turning off lights and TVsâ€”directly impacts our own health. Greener living may conveniently translate very literally into healthier living (and longer living) for the individual who indulges in it.
As our Earth-friendly efforts improve the community and the future health of our children, it can improve the very functioning of our bodies at the same time.
How? A few physical and mental health factors that are affected include: improved self-esteem, which translates to more motivation in many lifestyle elements, like exercise and nutrition; reduced heart rates and blood pressure, biomarkers of aging; increased endorphin production, which is also linked to longevity; and enhanced immune systems, which means lower incidence of disease.
Doing â€œgoodâ€ has real bio-chemical and hormonal benefits that translate into enhanced cellular function and activity. One reason is that simply making a difference and improving a cause makes us feel good! And feeling good literally translates into vitality, invigorating us at the cellular level. Feel good activities, like helping the Earth safeguard its future, also buffers the impact of stress (a major health hazard) and combats social isolation, two factors that influence life expectancy.
So make a difference in ways that are meaningful to you and enjoy the results of the change you help to bring about. [Joy itself releases enzymes associated with anti-aging] It may be as simple as turning off the lights or computer monitor when you leave the room, buying â€œfair tradeâ€ and fresh foods from local markets, or doing a community green project like a neighborhood clean up. A home energy audit. is a great start, but the opportunities are endless. Now is the time to indulge on so many levels. By getting up, getting out, and going green you are helping to make a lasting positive difference in your health, in your community, and in the world! For more green ideas visit Think Earth Day 365.
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