I sympathize with my relatives and former neighbors in New Jersey, Connecticut, and especially New York City. Record lows, record low wind chills, and record snowfalls are not fun, especially in the city. In Iowa temperatures have fallen to the minus 20s and wind chills have reached minus 45 over the last 2 days. But we still have nature to enjoy.
The bird feeders outside our breakfast-dining area windows have been nature central. Raspberry colored house finches, black and white chickadees, blue jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, slate colored juncos, goldfinches, downey woodpeckers, cardinals, and nuthatches all need extra calories in this cold.
I need to step back from the rush of working life for a few minutes every day. Everyone should. When you do this, you return refreshed and ready to enjoy your life. That is what Dan Buettner describes in “Blue Zones” and “Thrive”. Read them.
Learn about the Power 9, which include downshift, family, friends, and faith. Make time to live a happier, healthier, longer life.
Blue Zones are all around you, if you take the time to find them.
Jay Ginther, MD