At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I was thrilled to co-facilitate an interactive session called “Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Using Tech for Healthier Work and Life” with Aliza Sherman (who is my co-author for the Happy,Healthy Nonprofit Book), and Gina Schmeling, Director of Individual Giving, Hazon.
Gina and I share a passion for walking as work which includes walking meetings, standing desks and more. We’ve had a great time sharing tips and discussion with many other nonprofits professionals in an open Facebook Group called “Take A Walk“for nonprofit professionals interested in walking meetings and other ways to bring movement into their nonprofit workplaces. This group was started by Lisa Colton after a session I designed and facilitated last year called “Walking as Work.” So, was delighted that Gina was able to join Aliza and I for this year’s NTC session on the topic.
According to the National Geographic list of the top 10 bookstores in the world published in the book Destinations of a Lifetime, Atlantis Books in Santorini is the best bookstore in the world.
You will find it on the island, in Oia, into the side of a cliff , situated below street level, making it feel like you’re descending into a secret literature stoa. Atlantis Books was opened in 2004 by expats from the US, England, and Cyprus, who fell in love with Santorini and decided to stay.
“We found an empty building facing the sunset, drank some whiskey and signed a lease. We found a dog and cat, opened a bank account, applied for a business license, found some friends, built the shelves, landed a boat on the terrace and filled the place with books.” , their website writes.
The store has hosted readings on the terrace, bookbinding classes, and food and film festivals, National Geographic notes
Following Atlantis bookstore, in the list of 10 bookstores you should visit in your lifetime, come
- Cafebrería el Péndulo, Mexico City, Mexico
- Munro’s Books, Victoria, Canada
- El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Powell’s City of Books, Portland, Oregon
- Prairie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa
- Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France
- Gertrude & Alice, Sydney, Australia
- Librairie Avant-Garde, Nanjing, China
- Cook & Book, Brussels, Belgium
New research suggests that getting out into nature can help city dwellers — and others — improve their moods.
Living in the city can raise your stress levels and risk of depression, but finding even a little urban green space can make a big difference.
New research from Stanford University suggests that spending a little time in nature actually changes your brain activity, leading to less anxiety. As Gretchen Reynolds reports in the New York Times, Gregory Bratman, a graduate student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford, measured the effect of a 90-minute nature hike on 38 adult city dwellers and found that brain activity in their subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain focused on “morbid rumination,” was lower than those who walked along a nearby highway.
Those who experienced a more natural environment were less likely to dwell on the negative aspects of their lives, Reynolds reported. The results suggest that getting out into nature can be an simple way to improve the moods of urban residents.
For more on the effect nature can have on your moods, see “Nature Quest”
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photos Lesvos, March 2016, by I LOVE LESVOS, fb
Source: Walking in Nature Can Change Your Brain, experiencelife.com
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