Looking up From a Lockdown
Pandemic-related lockdowns have become associated with a host of personal and social ills, from loneliness and isolation to poor schooling to increased rates of drug use. But a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry surveyed 385 caregivers of children ages 6-16 and found that some people have discovered an upside to being stuck at home.
-- Forty-four percent described a growth in family relationships.
-- Twenty-two percent described a greater appreciation of life, often involving a reassessment of their personal values and priorities.
-- Twenty-two percent said the slowdown of daily activities allowed them to pursue a healthier lifestyle.
-- Sixteen percent described increased spiritual growth.
-- Eleven percent said the lockdowns spurred new discoveries and opportunities.
Cup O' News
More news percolating on the coffee front: Three new, large studies of heart disease suggest that drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily may reduce the risk of long-term heart failure. It was not clear why, but the researchers noted that the studies involved drinking black coffee, not beverages loaded with sugar or cream, or drinks like lattes and macchiatos.
Interestingly, the heart benefit did not seem to apply to drinking decaffeinated coffee.