Well Being

Foraging For A New Future

In Italy eating wild plants has been central to the diet for the majority of the population from the fall of Rome until the end of WWII. Why is it becoming popular again, and how has it been sustainab...
Maria-Teresa Andreacchi

A Modern Take On Living And Eating Well

You’re a modern woman who is constantly on the run. You go to events, spend time with friends and have a demanding job. You're blissfully busy, so how do you make time to eat well, exercise and have a little fun while you're at it? Our AOL contributors list their strategies in collaboration with Dr. Oetker Ristorante Ultra Thin Crust, now available in Kale Bacon Ricotta. How do you take the time to live and eat well?
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The World Needs a Better Way to Measure the Well-Being of Nations

Simon Kuzents, the economist who developed the GDP measurement, warned it was not a good meter stick for national well-being. Still, that's exactly how the GDP has been used globally since the 1940s. GDP is the total value of all the goods and services a country produces in a year. So, creating jobs and producing equipment to clean up an oil spill, for example, adds to the GDP. As does producing guns and bombs for war. GDP is blind to factors like unemployment, living conditions and environmental degradation. Make sense? Not really. Whether it's genuine progress, national happiness, or a system that blends the best of both, the global community must agree on a more holistic way to measure our nations' progress that doesn't just count the money we make.
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When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.

United Nations Geneva Cooking-Up Some Peace

The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland has recently published a unique cookbook, Recipes for Peace, Rights & Well-being, which shares the secrets of many "recipes" for its peace and humanitarian initiatives that have changed the world, combined with superb recipes from some of Geneva's most celebrated chefs.
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Wellness in the 21st Century

Wellness isn't simply about getting enough exercise, eating our greens and ensuring that we have enough good-quality sleep. Wellness is also about paying attention to all the other things that constitute well-being: it's considering the toxins we're being exposed to every day.
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The Whys and Ways of Gratitude

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I thank you for being part of my community just by virtue of reading this post (and for those who are part of my life in other ways). And let's all spread more of the gift of gratitude -- to that end, here are a few more whys and ways to express gratitude.

My Love Affair With the Spring Truffle

Italy is lucky to have wild truffles all year round. With impatience I've been awaiting the spring truffle or the Tuber aestivum, which grows here in the Sibillini Mountains of Central Italy. These truffles grow closer to the surface than the more expensive black or white truffle that are both harvested in the autumn and into the New Year.