Positive Thought for Today ~ Cooperation Works

We’re either working together or working against. If I were to place a bet on which team gets to the finish line first, I’d place my money on the team that is working together. When we set aside our differences and discover what we share in common we create a positive environment. It’s true in the work environment and in personal relationships.

Poem for Today ~ When Our Two Souls . . . (Sonnet 22)

When Our Two Souls . . . (Sonnet 22)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When our two souls stand up erect and strong,  
Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,  
Until the lengthening wings break into fire  
At either curvèd point,—what bitter wrong  
Can the earth do to us, that we should not long 
Be here contented? Think. In mounting higher,  
The angels would press on us and aspire  
To drop some golden orb of perfect song  
Into our deep, dear silence. Let us stay  
Rather on earth, Belovèd,—where the unfit 
Contrarious moods of men recoil away  
And isolate pure spirits, and permit  
A place to stand and love in for a day,  
With darkness and the death-hour rounding it.


Health Tip for Today ~ How Much Time Should You Spend in Sunlight to Activate Vitamin D Synthesis?

The production of vitamin D in the body is triggered by the skin’s exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from sunlight. When UVB rays penetrate the skin, a chemical reaction occurs, converting a precursor compound in the skin called 7-dehydrocholesterol into vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). This inactive form of vitamin D then undergoes further metabolic processes in the liver and kidneys to become the active form, known as calcitriol.

The time required for a person to spend in direct sunlight to activate vitamin D synthesis in the skin can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s skin type, time of day, season, geographic location, and the amount of skin exposed. However, as a general guideline, it is commonly recommended that exposing the hands, face, and arms to sunlight for about 5 to 30 minutes, two to three times a week, is usually sufficient to stimulate adequate vitamin D production.

Note that excessive exposure to sunlight carries the risk of sunburn and skin damage, as well as an increased risk of skin cancer. Therefore, it’s recommended to strike a balance between obtaining adequate sunlight for vitamin D synthesis and taking appropriate sun protection measures, such as wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sun hours. Additionally, individuals with darker skin pigmentation may require more time in the sun to produce sufficient vitamin D due to the higher levels of melanin in their skin, which reduces the skin’s ability to synthesize vitamin D. If you have specific concerns or questions about your vitamin D levels, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional.

Source: ChatGPT

Feel Good Tip of the Day ~ Let it Slide

When I was a young guy in the army, I did something I shouldn’t have done. A sergeant caught me. He could have got me into trouble, instead, he chewed me out (did he ever). I was grateful he let it slide. I never made the mistake again. I learned a valuable lesson, We all need a break now and then. Extending a merciful hand often pays much greater dividends than a slap. 

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