Laugh Twice and Call Me In The Morning

laughter-fun-happiness-boy-51009Just in time for World Laughter Day, the first Sunday of May, an article in the Berkeley Wellness newsletter made me think about how much we need laughter in our lives. Faced with “normal” daily stresses along with a non-stop news feed, it sometimes seems like laughter is impossible.

But one of the interesting points of this article, Is Laughter the Best Medicine?, is drawn from the results of a pilot study from Georgia State University: “the body cannot distin­guish between genuine and self-initiated laughter.”

 

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The Best of the Best

If you’re interested in the world of food, you may be familiar with Eater.com. Eater dishes trends, food and restaurant news, travel food guides, prizes, and much, much more. Naturally, Eater also covers the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, which took place in Melbourne, Australia, this week.

food-salad-healthy-lunchIn case you were wondering, the awards are chosen by a panel of about 1,500food writers, chefs and restaurateurs, and well-traveled gastronomes.”

Interestingly, according to an article this week in Eater, “Since the rankings debuted in 2002, just seven restaurants have held the no. 1 spot.” New York’s Eleven Madison Park rose to number one this year–a pretty precipitous ascent from #50 in 2010. To see the complete list of the seven best-of-the-best restaurants, visit Eater’s “Here’s Every Restaurant That’s Topped the World’s 50 Best List.”

The National Geographic – My Favorite Five!

Source: Photograph By Johannes Kormann, National Geographic Your Shot

Source: Photograph By Johannes Kormann, National Geographic Your Shot

I love the National Geographic. Not only does the magazine print the most astonishing and inspiring images, but it also encourages amateur and professional photographers to post their photos online through the National Geographic Your Shot community. There, viewers can vote on their favorites, NG photo editors offer their comments and tips, and photographs get selected for online and print features. (more…)

Measuring Happiness

Source: http://worldhappiness.report/

Source: http://worldhappiness.report/

If the International Day of Happiness (March 20) was not firmly etched into your calendar, you may still have caught wind of the World Happiness Report (WHR), released on that auspicious day. Launched in 2012 and published annually by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the WHR ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.

The study considers the responses of roughly 3000 individuals in each of more than 150 countries who answer questions concerning “six key variables, each of which digs into a different aspect of life. These six factors are GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations).” (more…)

My Retreat at We Care Spa was Amazing!

We care 2If you are into yoga and concerned about having great health try We Care Spa. I just spent a fantastic weekend after 9 years since my last visit there. It’s a unique place designed to give you a chance to cleanse your body as well as your soul.

The fasting process is not difficult. You’re busy drinking teas, detox liquids, vitamins and a soup as a treat in the evening. Your system spends 60 percent of its energy digesting your food so when you’re on liquids your body energy is free to make other repairs on your body. That’s why many health experts recommend the fasting process. I am definitely sold as I feel like a million dollars after following their instructions. You can try it too! Here are “7 Steps to Rejuvenation and Health.” They recommend becoming a vegetarian but they say animal protein is fine in small portions. It’s a wonderful place to meet like-minded people and focus on your body. (more…)

The Lucky Knot

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but for NEXT Architects that would not be nearly as entertaining as the firm’s design for the Lucky Knot bridge. An innovative architecture practice based in Amsterdam and Beijing, NEXT was awarded first prize in an international competition for a pedestrian bridge to cross the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in south-central China. Located about 915 miles south of Beijing, Changsha is a growing center of history, industry, and culture. (You may recall that Changsha was to be the site of the “world’s tallest building” – Sky City One – but those plans have been scrapped.) (more…)

A Penthouse on the Hamburg Waterfront

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

 

It’s hard to know which part of Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie concert hall is more fantastic: its 15-year gestation, its billion-dollar price tag, its 5000-pipe organ, or its absolutely dazzling penthouse. Built atop a 1960s cocoa, tobacco, and tea storage warehouse, the just-completed concert hall opened in January to the highest praise.

 

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The Pedigree of a Chair

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

When I preview an estate property, I often see artworks or furnishings that grab my attention. However, taken up with the “big picture” of the home’s design and features, I rarely have a chance to inquire about the items that caught my eye.

It’s fun to explore the pedigree–humble or distinguished–of a single item. Architectural Digest does just that when it explains the origin of the Chandigarh chair designed by Pierre Jeanneret. Mass-produced for the experimental city of Chandigarh, India, the teak-and-cane chairs were much used, but eventually cast aside in favor of newer models. (more…)

A Message from Bob Foster

CBRB__Logo_Color_FlatColdwell Banker, for the SIXTH consecutive time, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as having the highest ethical standard.  Check out the letter from our Coldwell Banker (Greater LA) President, Bob Foster. I am proud to represent such an incredible company! (more…)

What’s New in Paris?

Source: www.lvmh.com

Source: www.lvmh.com

I’m not sure I’ve ever before seen a press release that uses the term savoir-faire (“capacity for appropriate action; especially: a polished sureness in social behavior“). But indeed, “French savoir-faire” is one of the focuses of the newly announced LA MAISON LVMH / Arts – Talents – Patrimoine. Yes, it’s a mouthful, and the announcement is careful not to describe it as a museum, but as a “cultural institution.”

LVMH, as you may know, is Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate, and it was LVMH Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault, along with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who made the announcement this week, with French President François Hollande in attendance. (more…)

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