Hope is a vision. When possibilities plummet; when human frailty frustrates, and when tension mounts, hope visits us. Hope offers us an image of what could be, or perhaps what should be. Through hope, our imagination extends beyond feeling overcome by difficult circumstances, harsh headlines or the degrading dichotomies of the “have’s and have-not’s.”
Here’s a startling fact: your postal code matters more than your genetic code in determining your life-span. Recent research into the “social gradient of health” links societal status with health status and mortality, proving that chronic stress from factors like poverty, unemployment and violence can lead to toxic stress and contribute to disease.
It’s that wonderful time of year again in which many of us take time to express love through the giving of gifts. Perhaps some of the seniors among us might be searching for just the right thing for children and teens/grandchildren on their list. Of course, what we ultimately want to convey through a gift is our love and support of these young people in our lives. Here is a list of 10 ideas to help.