In August 2016 scientist looked at 28 Greenland sharks that were accidentally cot in nets as by-catch by fishermen in the North Atlantic. Through tissue dating they determined that some of the sharks were over 292 years old when they were caught. Their estimates ranged as high as 400 years for those caught, leading to a determination that they would live to 500 years if not accidentally caught.
While the estimates are wide, at over 300 years, and possibly 500 years lifespan, the Greenland shark is the longest living vertebrate. Scientist cannot be certain but believe the low temperatures of the North Atlantic slow the rate of aging for the shark. Whatever the reason, it is remarkable.
The series of photos of the nuns in the monastery provide insight that words alone can’t convey. As always with National Geographic, the photos are art. From my childhood I remember sitting on the sofa paging through the images from around the world.
I like Thomas W Schaller’s water colors. Imagine walking along this bridge in the morning in Heidelberg. Schaller’s paintings are the jumping off point for the imagination, being in different parts of the world.
Material gains and progress are not tied to being happy. Even though we have much more than we had a generation ago we are no happier. Income, age, gender are not connected to being happy.
So, what make us happy? Trackyourhappiness.org has something to teach us about being happy. The key finding is stay in the moment. Be aware of where you are and be engaged with the people you are with.
We are able to contemplate the past and plan for the future. Our ability for mind-wandering is unique to us as a species. This is a strength.
It seem like the world has a preference for the bad things. But there is overwhelmingly more good. We simply choose to look for the things that make us smile. Sometimes it’s a beautiful photograph or painting, then it might be music or children laughing. There are so many good things about this world. We just want to bring it to life.