Walking feels good.
-Walking signals the brain to add endorphins to the bloodstream reducing anxiety, stress (Merissa in Simple Living) and creating a sense of well-being.
Walking is amazing for overall health.
-Fresh air(great for the lungs).
-Movement (good for circulation).
-Great for skin health.
-Heart health (lowers bad cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, decreases risk for stroke).
-Decreases risk for diabetes (maintains blood sugar levels).
-Bone health (vitamin D from the sun).
-Maintains muscle tone.
-Great for your mind (walking linked to decrease risk for cognitive impairment-Dementia. Dr. James Aw HuffPost Living Canada).
-Brain function (improves brain performance)
Going for a walk is also like therapy.
-Being in the moment, outdoors and surrounded by nature (birds chirping, deer walking about, lovely trees, ocean, ….) brings a sense of calm, peace, and a better outlook of life.
When I am in a grumpy mood (not always☺) but sometimes. You know those days everything seems to go wrong. (I won’t go into details because we all have our own story of a bad day…). That’s when I go for a longer walk. By the time I return from my walk, the grass is greener, flowers appear more colorful and pretty, and I hear the birds chirping.
Try it, go for a walk, it’s free☺.
WHAT- Abuse and violence come in many different forms. Some forms are physical, verbal, psychological, and emotional.
HOW- You are not alone. Telling someone, is the first step. Leave a hostile, threatening environment. Get help, initiate healing.
WHY- We have one life to live on this earth. And we all have a right to live our life well.
Canada is the second largest country in the world and a nation of great ethnicity and cultural diversity. Initially populated by various First Nation tribes and then colonized by the French and British, Canada is today a cultural mosaic made up of people who have come from all around the globe.
Few countries can compare with the natural beauty, geographic diversity and wildlife of Canada. Bordered by the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, Canada’s ever-changing topography ranging from the dizzying heights of the Rocky Mountains to vast boreal forests, endless prairies, desert and rainforest regions. Added to the extraordinary natural beauty are the vibrant, cosmopolitan cities where most of the population lives.
Facts and Figures:
Population: 33, 500, 000 (2011)
Capital: Ottawa, Ontario
Total area: 9,980,674 km2
Land: 9,093,507 km2
Water: 891,163 km2
Canada is a constitutional monarchy, but also a parliamentary democracy and a federation. The country is divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
From the East to the West Coast, the main Canadian cities are: St. John’s, Halifax, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
What is so exciting about Canada?
Following are some of the exciting information about Canada:
- Canada is the world’s most educated country: Over half its residents have college degrees
- Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was -81.4 degrees Fahrenheit which is -63C in 1947
- Canada has more lakes then the rest of the world’s combined
- Canada consumes more Macaroni and Cheese then any other nation in the world.
- Residents of Churchill, Canada, leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter Polar Bears.
- License plates in the Canadian Northwest Territories are shaped like Polar Bears.
- Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
- In Newfoundland, Canada, the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freezes so people play Hockey on it.
- Every Christmas, one million letters are addressed to Santa Claus, at his own postal code: HOH OHO, North Pole, Canada.
- With 1896 kilometers (1178 miles), the Yonge Street in Canada is the longest street in the world.
- Canadians own the Mall of America.
- The US/Canada border is the longest international boarder in the world and it lacks military defense.
- Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of the earth. The phenomenon was discovered in 1960s.
- Police departments in Canada give out ‘positive tickets’ when they see people doing something positive.
- Canada has fewer people than Tokyo’s Metropolitan Area.
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I love Canada for its diversity, acceptance of everyone, peacefulness, safety, the healthcare system, its beauty, education and so many other reasons.
I see Canada as a country where people from all over the world come to live and share there culture with others. From food, clothing, religion, life lived experiences, language, and skills. We get to experience other countries in our own country without even having to travel. Another great thing about Canada’s diversity is Quebec. If you would like to learn another language, all you have to do is move to beautiful Quebec, it’s Canada’s French speaking province.
Canada is accepting of others, and a peace loving country. Canada is a country that is accessible to all immigrants without judgment of race, religion, or beliefs. All Canada’s laws apply equally to all persons. There is a sense of peacefulness in Canada. I feel safe in Canada. I don’t fear when I go to sleep at night, or when I’m out living my daily life routine. I think Canada’s mission statement should be: Land of Peace and Free Thinking.
Our healthcare system is great. It’s reliable, clean, safe, accessible to all. Excellent care is provided from amazing nurses, support staff and Dr’s. And medication is easily accessible.
Canada is beautiful. We have four seasons, winter, spring, summer, fall. Each season is amazing, the changing of temperature, the colors of the landscape, the smells, the various activities for different seasons. The wildlife and nature land is plenty. We have deer wandering in our yard. Eagles and hawks flying above us. Owls hooting, coyotes, and so many quail. Hiking trails in lots of forested areas, beautiful aqua colored Okanagan lakes, and the ocean. Wineries, and delicious fruit orchards, gardens and so much more.
Canada has great quality education, pension plans, many social programs, and low employment rate.
Living in an amazing country like Canada there is plenty to be greatful for, and this is why I love Canada.
100 years ago, I woke up feeling cold, reached for a sweater and coat hanging on my bedpost, put them both on. Got out of bed, put a log into the wood burning stove, and started a fire. Placed a kettle of water on the stove to make coffee, returned back into bed. Feeling a little warmer, I got out of bed and had coffee. Then I dressed in long johns, pants, 3 sweaters, 2 pairs of wool socks, boots, a coat, hat, and gloves. I picked up the empty water pale and a tool to break the ice in the creek. The thermometer reading was -21. I made my way to the outhouse which is a 5 minute walk. Then to the creek to get water which is another 20 minute walk. After making my way back home, I boiled water, drank more coffee ate lunch, consisting of home baked bread with butter, and stew from last nights dinner. I smiled, and thought how grateful I am to have shelter, heat, and food. I sat down to mend some worn out socks, and a sweater. Later in the day when the temperature will be warmer I will chop some logs, and perhaps go ice fishing. What a great day it will be.
2017, I woke up, got out of bed, made coffee. Looked out the window, it was snowing, foggy, grey. The temperature reading was -19. I fed and toileted the animals, returned back to bed with my coffee and laptop. Then thought how grateful I am to have a roof over my head, a heating system in the house, hot running water, plumbing, and food. Knowing the temperature usually warms up in the afternoon, I smiled and visualised being bundled up in warm clothes, the sun shining, walking on a freshly cleaned sidewalk with a very happy dog.