Why Should I Apologize?

Lenny Variano   
Feb 15

Why is it so difficult to apologize? Does it make the person who is apologizing less of a person because he or she has to admit that they have done something which may be considered unacceptable? Does an apology do as much or maybe more for the person who is the giver as for the receiver? An apology can help a person move past their anger which in turn can prevent them from getting stuck in the past. It is amazing how an apology can mend a relationship by its power to repair harm and increase empathy. At times the remorse and shame of hurting someone can become both mentally and physically draining for both parties involved. In fact, apologizing can have both a decrease in important bodily functions such as blood pressure, breathing and heart rate especially on the part of the person who feels that they have been harmed. Apologizing is difficult because it can make a person accept responsibility which can be a humbling experience. On the other hand it can develop a sense of empathy on the part of the other person because they can now look at the wrongdoer as someone as fallible as themself instead of looking at them with bitterness and anger. This in turn sets aside space for forgiveness and the possibility for a more intimate relationship in the future. At the same time it should be sincere, timely without excuses for certain actions. This is not to say that an apology can undo the harmful past actions but it may eliminate the negative after effects of the action by giving the receiver time to heal. More important, since apologizing is so difficult it can be a deterrent for repeating a certain action.

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Workshop with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Lenny Variano   
Feb 15

Last week, we hosted a workshop in partnership with the organization Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT). We talked about the importance of paying attention to nutrition labels and compared common edible products to a healthier alternative. The students loved it!

         

To learn more about OBT, visit their website!

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow exists to break the cycle of poverty and inequity through education, job training, and employment.

OBT’s programs serve as a bridge to economic opportunity for youth, individuals, and families in underserved communities. We emphasize the principles of accountability, confidence, and professionalism to prepare participants for the workforce while developing personal and professional skills.

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The Colder the Better…

Lenny Variano   
Jan 04

Is there a health benefit to cold temperatures? Do we need the change in temperature to stimulate the body and in turn develop a stronger immune system? Studies have shown that people actually think more clearly in the winter and are able to make more complex decisions. Glucose, which is important for brain function, is diverted more often in the summer in order to keep the body cool. The body’s metabolism actually burns more calories in colder weather in an effort to maintain a body temperature of 98.6. For those who suffer from allergies the winter provides an atmosphere in which the pollen count is almost non-existent. Core temperature drops when you sleep. This can take longer in the summer months which can limit the hours of deep restful sleep. Exercising in colder temperatures strengthens the immune system as well as your heart muscles, kills ticks and mosquitos as well as burns fat and makes you appreciate the warmth of your home. In spite of all this, I really love a hot summer evening.

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Peace and Quiet in the Ocean…

Lenny Variano   
Dec 06

 

 

Marine animals and their behavioral patterns can be greatly upset
by all the activity that takes place in the waters of the oceans and seas.
The sounds of propellers, sonar and drilling can interfere with the
sounds the sea animals use to communicate.
Most marine life, especially
whales and dolphins, have poor visibility and rely on sound to communicate
long distances. The Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap Draft is a first attempt
of setting standards for reducing the level of ocean noise by showing its
effect on ocean life. The National Academy of Sciences was commissioned
by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to do a study on the effects
of these noises on sea life. They are setting an example by using ships that
are much quieter to conduct their study. Another danger of all the noise
produced by ships is that some larger animals have become so accustomed
to the noise of ships that they no longer see them as a threat and do not move
out of the way when a vessel is approaching. Noise, as opposed to other
environmental threats, is a less complicated issue to reduce

…Source Readers Digest

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