According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. In recognition of the scope of this problem, the month of May has been officially designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
But before we recoil at the mention of the C word, please take note that today, even though incidence rates are on the rise, skin cancer has become one of the more survivable forms of
We see the image of a stooped-over old man, selfish, confused, disdainful about the world and snapping at everyone around him. Or the 50-something employee, technologically inept, struggling to adapt and fit in with her younger co-workers. Or a sweet little old lady, shuffling down the street, blissfully unaware of dangers around her. We see these images and we laugh as intended. But they are no joke.
They are a few of the negative stereotypes that
International researchers, policymakers and public health practitioners, I am guessing, were happy for the opportunity to gather at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health last month for a forum. They met to identify policies and practices for enhancing something the pursuit of which is constitutionally guaranteed in our country — happiness. This exchange of ideas was built upon a shared belief: that enhancing people's collective happiness should be a goal of government.
This pursuit of enhancing
We live in a sometimes-crazy world that moves at lightning speed. We all know what stress feels like. I felt more than a tinge of it in reaching my deadline for this article. Stress is hard-wired within us as the body's response in the face of danger. It is the instinct that helped our ancient ancestors cope with a hazardous world. We know that even intense short-term stress is not necessarily a bad thing and