Monday, 26 August 2019

Why constant complaining is bad for health and how to stop doing it with mindfulness

Complaining might feel like a harmless way to relieve stress, but if you do it often enough it can induce a negative outlook that, in the long run, may affect your physical health.

Optimists tend to be healthier than pessimists, according to research published in 2004 in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The study surveyed 999 elderly men and women for almost a decade, during which time 397 participants died. When the study was over, the researchers found that participants who considered themselves highly optimistic had a 55 per lower risk of death from all causes and a 23 per lower risk of death from heart failure compared with participants who were strongly pessimistic.

It is hard to pinpoint the reasons behind the results, although it is understood that major depression, which is associated with a negative outlook – is a known risk factor for cardiovascular problems.

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Exceptional people: Chiam See Tong Sports Fund raises over S$170,000 for athletes

Mr Goh Chok Tong shaking the hand of Mr Chiam See Tong

The Chiam See Tong Sports Fund, which supports disadvantaged athletes, raised more than S$170,000 on Thursday (Aug 22), with about S$10,000 coming from an auction at a gala dinner.

Mr Chiam, who started the charity, suffered two strokes, the first in 2008, as well as a hip injury in 2013, was there in a wheelchair and was accompanied by his wife Lina Chiam and daughter Camilla.

The 400 guests at the dinner, including Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State for Law and Health, stood up to applaud and welcome him.

For the auction in aid of the fund, Mr Goh Chok Tong donated one of his golf clubs, on which he signed his name.

Other notable items that were auctioned: A Liverpool jersey autographed by football legend Kenny Dalglish and an FC Barcelona jersey signed by Lionel Messi. These two items were donated by former Nominated MP Zulkifli Baharudin.

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Exceptional company: SPH celebrates 35 years with a $426,000 donation

Dr Lee Boon Yang, chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, presents a cheque for $426,000 to Mr Phillip Tan of the Community Chest. Source: tnp

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) kicked off its 35th birthday celebrations with a cake and cheque for $426,000 at an anniversary concert yesterday.

The money will go to the Special Education Financial Assistance scheme and 20 charities to support children with special needs, vulnerable seniors and disadvantaged families.


Vitiligo sufferer, 25, whose face and entire body was covered by light patches claims turning VEGAN has reversed her condition

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Jamila Davis, 25, from Florida, was diagnosed with the skin condition vitiligo, caused by a lack of melanin a pigment of the skin - when she was eight.

The patches slowly spread across her whole body, meaning strangers would often stare at her because of her unique appearance.

Miss Davis decided to go vegan after her father died from a stroke in 2017, after the pair had plans to go plant-based together. 

A year into her meat-free diet, the college student was stunned to see her colour returning on parts of her body. Now, her original colour has fully returned on most of her face.


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