An Elephant? For Me? Thank you!
A foster elephant for Christmas must be the most unique gift on the planet. In an elephant nursery ran by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, orphaned baby elephants are cared for until they’re old enough to rejoin their herd. With the help of foster parents, the Trust has saved many baby elephants that would have died otherwise. Foster parents receive a certificate with a profile and photograph of their orphan and monthly updates, among other goodies. You get to pick the orphan you want to foster.
Pages of Health
It’s official – reading books can add years to your life. A Yale University study found that people who read books for 30 minutes or more daily lived on average 2 years longer. Those who read at least 3 hours a week regularly had a 23% lower risk of dying in the next 12 years compared with those who didn’t read or who read only newspapers. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Off to the bookstore then, to pick out a great book for everyone and get it gift wrapped. Not sure what to buy? You can’t go wrong with classics like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. For the kids, how about The Wind in the Willows?
Music lifts our spirit, and has health benefits besides. Music can ease pain. It can motivate people to exercise and improve their endurance. Listening to music can reduce stress. Classical music was found in a study to help college students with insomnia sleep better. Another study found that positive emotions from listening to music had a healthy effect on blood vessel function. That said, a turntable and records will make a great gift; one that the whole family can enjoy. Don’t be surprised if you all end up clearing the floor and putting on your dancing shoes.