Health Benefits of Doing It Yourself

Scientific studies have proven that taking care of your mind has tremendous health benefits. Confidence, self-esteem, completing goals and connecting with other people all reduce risks for things like heart disease, high blood pressure, and other stress-related ailments. It stands to reason then that tackling a do it yourself (DIY) project can actually improve your health.

DIY projects are usually touted for their financial benefits. Who hasn’t considered making a minor repair or undertaking a small construction project to save the cost of hiring a professional? Whether you’re changing your car’s head light using a Chilton manual  or assembling that furniture from Ikea, you’re officially a DIYer. Did you realize that by doing so you’re not just saving money?  DIYer’s quickly filled the gap in the shortage of Corona Virus Face Masks making thousands of masks for healthcare workers, families and friends.

DIY Boosts Health

It may seem a little counter-intuitive to think of DIY as stress reducing. In the middle of the project you’re very likely to find yourself cursing the instructions or stressing about some part that doesn’t fit quite right. Depending on the project you may actually be putting yourself at risk for small injuries like scratches, bruises, and even cuts. If you make it to the end of one DIY project, and then another and another, you will find that you’ve gained far more than the finished product — and you’ll likely improve your hand-eye coordination as well, depending on the type of project you undertake.

The sense of accomplishment that comes from — successfully — tackling a project creates physical changes in the body. Think of the endorphin high that athletes experience at the end of a race or that students feel after finishing a final exam. While a small DIY project may not induce the same level of high, it will create a chemical reaction in your body that counters all the stress that came before. Best of all, that feeling of accomplishment can be revisited when other stressful moments occur. Future problems seem less like problems when you already know you can handle them.

We encourage our kids to have strong self-esteem and to be confident about themselves because we know that mental health is tied to physical health. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders can lead to all sorts of physical ailments. If you become a regular DIYer, you’ll find that your sense of confidence and self-esteem continues to grow as you acquire more skills and develop better habits.

Recent medical studies have reinforced the importance of personal connections to your overall health. Lonely people are much more likely to be sick than those with a strong network of family, friends, and acquaintances that keep them connected to the world. As you delve into the world of DIY you are likely to find yourself reaching out to others who have already attempted the same project. You may find an online forum or social media group that offers help. You may even find a hobby group in your hometown that meets in person to share tips and shortcuts as well as to share ideas and praise the work of other members.

Perhaps the most obvious health benefit of taking the DIY route is learning. Each new technique and skill you acquire creates new pathways in your brain. Instead of doing silly games on a “brain fitness” app on your tablet or phone, try learning something new that results in a useful object.

If you’re really lucky, a single DIY project could lead to a lifelong hobby or even a passion. Investing energy and time into something that you love and that rewards you with a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and new friends is certainly worth it. Especially if you get to save money and learn new skills along the way.

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New Space Race is a Supernova of Investing Opportunity

space investingFor people who are interested in both space travel and investing, now would be a good time to look into putting some money into the stocks of some of the major players in the space travel business.  Lockheed and Boeing have always been two big names that give government contracts to develop parts for NASA’s rockets.  Recently, however, there are even more companies in which to invest, as we are at the dawn of a new space race.

This space race is not between countries, so much as, between companies; private companies experimenting with ways to bring space travel to the ordinary people.  Companies like Planetary Resources, SpaceDev, Orbital Sciences, and Virgin, among several others, have begun privately funded space projects.  Check with your broker or online stock service to see which space-travel-minded company or mutual fund would be best for your investing strategy.


Changes in Science, Space and Technology

There have been and will continue to be major changes in technological development this decade. From biotechnological research being conducted by Huntingdon Life Sciences Inc to the efforts being made to overhaul the energy grid, the 2010’s will see a wide range of achievements in the science, space, and technology industries. Three advancements in particular promise to promote a renewed interest in space research and the continued evolution of quicker Internet speeds:

spaceThe new James Webb Space Telescope—NASA’s new telescope will be more advanced and powerful than any tool the agency has ever used in order to peer into the depths of space. In fact, the James Webb Telescope will be able to see further into the past of our own universe, capturing glimpses of some of the early stages of galactic formation. The telescope will give us a view of the very first galaxies that were created after the Big Bang and should promote a wide variety of upgrades and overhauls to fields related to astronomy, cosmology, and other space-related industries.

Building a space ark—The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, whose previous credits include the creation of the Internet, now has its sights on the creation of a 100 year starship that would take humans further into space than ever before. While this lofty concept may seem relegated to the realm of science fiction, multiple sources confirm that plans are underway to create an exploratory committee for the viability of the project. Perhaps the most exciting part of this development is how much independent and auxiliary research will result from such an ambitious undertaking.

The new 4G LTE network—This Internet network isn’t as cosmic as the James Webb Telescope or a 100 year space motor but the effects could actually be more universal for the people of Earth. With quicker Internet speeds and an ever-accelerated network, smartphone technology should advance as well as the demand for more complex tools, like Augmented Reality, the Semantic Web, The Internet of Things, and even holographic smartphone apps. All of this is dependent on the public buying into the need for more complex cell phone operations which the 4G LTE network, already being adopted by several major mobile providers, should allow for.

We’ll have to wait and see how quickly these advancements take shape. We can certainly expect increased Internet speed sooner than the space ark. It will interesting to see how Internet evolution on Earth affects our ability to study outer space.

Guest blogger Leo Charrel writes about technology and society for a variety of websites and blogs. He also enjoys participating in various social media forums and conversations like the one found by clicking here.

Venture Capital Helping Private Space Travel

Space travel isn’t something that is only limited to government agencies.  A new space race has gotten underway, and it is being led by some of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the world.  Instead of relying on capital companies, like Arthur Trueger’s BerkeleyVC, these entrepreneurs are fronting the money from their own (very deep) pockets.

People like Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin), Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), and Elon Musk (founder of PayPal) are leading a new revolution in space exploration.

Investing in Moon Land

In a previous post i mentioned that the Lunar Registry is offering plots of land up in one acre increments.  Once my excitement that i may be able to live on the moon someday subsided, i felt a little uneasy thinking about the negative aspects of what the privatization of space would bring.  Billion-dollar corporations have already shown that they will exploit anyone and everything just to increase profit by a tenth of a percentage point; just imagine the recklessness with which they will treat space.

My fear is that in the not-so-distant future people will be buying and selling plots of moon land or spaces in space like they are trading stocks in the market or online services.  For terrestrial stocks, that’s fine, but i would hate to see space become one huge advertisement like most of the Earth has.