Posts About: Nature

Esteem for beautiful Destinations

World's most beautiful destinationsNational Geographic published a list of the world’s 50 greatest destinations.  Among these 50 special places, 7 are located in the U.S..  Being added to this list represents a great sign of esteem.   These are the selected U.S. destinations:

  1. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
  2. Piedmont of Virginia
  3. Atlanta in Georgia
  4. Coast Redwoods, California and Oregon
  5. Sawthooth Mountains in Idaho
  6. Aleutian Islands in Alaska
  7. Molokau in Hawaii

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Esteem for Animal Welfare – or how to ask pigs if they’re optimistic about their lives

animal welfareOur daily mood affects our judgment of ambiguous events.  We experience this for example at our job. If we’re having a bad day and we’re presented with an ambiguous cue such as our boss calling us into his office, the first thing that goes through our head is what have I done wrong? We call this a negative cognitive bias. But on a good day we greet the same ambiguous event far more positively, we might look forward to a pay rise.

Experts from the Newcastle University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development have shown for the first time that a pig’s mood can lead to similar reactions showing that pigs are capable of complex emotions which are directly influenced by their living conditions. Pigs living in an enriched environment (more space, freedom to roam and play) were optimistic toward an unknown noise. While pigs placed in a smaller, boring environment showed pessimistic reactions toward the same unknown noise.

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Esteem for the Biodiversity on our planet Earth

Biodiversity Gaston SpicerArizona State University’s International Institute for Species Exploration announces a top 10 new species list each year as part of its public awareness campaign to bring attention to biodiversity.

The day of the announcement is not an accident. Every year it is made on or near May 23 to honor Linnaeus, the initiator of the modern system for naming plants and animals.

Almost 2 million species have been named and classified. Scientists estimate though that there are 10-12 million living species on our planet Earth, not included the unknown millions of microbes.

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Esteem for dolphin assisted therapies

Animal assisted interventions for autism

Animal therapy is an established treatment in modern medicine.  The positive impact of animals on humans is widely accepted.

Dolphin assisted therapies have the same effects.  Contact with dolphins may not cure ailments but it can help alleviate some symptoms.  Dolphin assisted therapy works similar to that of sound therapy.

EEG tests confirmed that dolphins’ signal frequencies can have a profound effect on the human brain.

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Esteem for Madagascar’s rich biodiversity

Mammals of Madagascar

Did you know that there are animals living on the island of Madagascar which you won’t find anywhere else in the world?

92% of its reptiles and 80% of its plants are found nowhere else.

Madagascar’s rich ecosystem and extraordinary wildlife will now be highly protected according to a plea from the World Wildlife Fund.

Here’s the background story.

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Building Self-Esteem in Difficult Times – our ebook

building self esteem in difficult times

Each chapter of our ebook 10 Key Steps to Building Self-Esteem in Difficult Times is one of 10 key points to building self-esteem, including taking care of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life. If you follow these steps and really put them to work, you will discover an amazing transformation toward a life of self-esteem.

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Esteem for Switzerland

Swiss Watching book about SwitzerlandIt’s not difficult to give esteem to a country like Switzerland. For me it isn’t. I was born in Switzerland and lived there most of my years. At first glance it seems obvious that somebody gives esteem to his home country.

But by knowing the country and its people so well, it might just be the opposite. Well, it isn’t. I give easily and full-heartedly esteem to Switzerland and invite you to discover this country so you can give esteem too.

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Esteem for Iceland

Lonely Planet Iceland Travel GuideIceland is one of those countries I still dream of being able to visit it one day. Why does this country fascinate so many people, me included?

Its location so far in the north is certainly one point. Iceland. Its climate seems to be unwelcoming – at first glance. Then you discover so many great details about this country that are amazing and surely call for our esteem toward this beautiful country Iceland.

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Biophilia as esteem toward nature

Biophilia Eward O. WilsonThe term Biophilia means “love of life or living systems”.  It was first used by German philosopher Erich Fromm who defined it as being attracted to all that is alive.

Biophilia describes something we all experience in our life: it’s our subconscious search for the connection to nature by enjoying the diversity of life on earth.  With other words:  human beings’ deep affiliation with nature must be rooted in our biology.

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Esteem for Tuscany

Rick Steves Tuscany 2017Tuscany belongs to the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Well, that’s me speaking. But I don’t think I’m alone with this opinion.

I was fortunate to make several visits to the Tuscany and was never disappointed. In the contrary, everything seems to be there for beauty and discovery. Tuscany is rich on natural beauty but also art, history and all sorts of food and wines.

It’s easy to give esteem to Tuscany.

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