Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Boost Your Mental Health by Visiting National Parks!

MQTlogoa Today we have a guest post sent in by Sally Duke… Thank you Sally.. Photos are by Joe Todd from my western trip to The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Mesa Verde National Park,  and Zion National Park. A My Quality Time Post

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The United States is home to an impressive number of national parks – 58, to be precise, many of which have been deemed veritable oases of immense beauty. There are many reasons why visitors from all the world plan exciting trips our parks: the chance to de-stress, to get up close to stunning flora and fauna, and to have a different kind of holiday in which adventure and the great outdoors reign supreme. There is another, less touted reason why a holiday in which parks and natural spaces play a starring role, can be of benefit. Research has shown that time spent in nature benefits our health and the environment in many ways. In this post, we name just a few of the most fascinating recent findings:

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Grand Canyon South Rim: Desert View Watchtower, also known as the Indian Watchtower at Desert View………………………………………………………….

1. Outdoor exercise beats gym workouts: Research by scientists at The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry has shown that there are physical and mental benefits to be obtained from exercising in a natural environment. Walking or running amidst verdant surrounds, or enjoying a swim in a serene lake brings us stronger feelings of vitality, greater energy and a sense of positive engagement, while it decreases feelings of anger, stress, confusion and even depression. Those who enjoy an energetic day out also report greater enjoyment than those who exercise indoors, and say that they are more likely to repeat the experience in the future.

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Mesa Verde National Park is the only American national park that protects man-made structures, as opposed to natural features………………………………………………..

2. National parks help us understand why environmental sustainability is so important: Nature expert and author, Richard Louv, is perhaps best known for coining the phrase, ‘nature deficit disorder’. The latter refers to the fragile relationship between human beings and nature. Some children spend less than an hour a day in the great outdoors and around 97 per cent of American children aged less than four use mobile devices daily. By the age of four, about 75 per cent of children have their own devices and half have their own television. Louv warns that excessive indoor time has dire consequences; the dangers of global warming become a distant threat, since children fail to value the importance nature actually has in their day to day existence. To encourage them to fight to make the world a better, greener place, he says, it is vital for them to enjoy nature daily. Our national parks have various Junior Ranger programs, which encourage kids to be more active and come into closer contact with the environment. In these programs, participants are taught about issues such as pollution and carry out practical work, such as analyzing soil samples.



A foggy morning at Bryce Canyon National Park.

3. Park visits provide an opportunity to bond with your family: Many national parks offer guided trip to relatively unexplored parts of parks, which bring families closer as they enjoy the sense of embarking on a true adventure holiday. Seasoned guides will be able to cater activities to the ages of your kids and to different fitness levels, by ensuring that fun is always the primary objective!



Top photos from left to right: Joe Todd, Linda (my better half) Larry H. (brother-in-law) and finally my sister Sara..  Bottom photos Larry and I behind bars.

4. Time in natural surrounds battles a host of mental conditions: Anxiety and depression are two conditions affecting millions of people on a global scale. These conditions know no ages or backgrounds, and can be very difficult to battle. If, in the past, health care professionals were quick to prescribe medications to treat symptoms, new research shows that a natural approach can often substitute or complement traditional therapies. The ability of nature escapes to lower stress hormone levels and enhance mood make this type of holiday ideal for those recovering from addiction and eating disorders, whose symptoms can be exacerbated by tension. From an early age, it is vital to enlighten children on the powerful mental benefits that nature can bestow and the best and most varied type of natural landscape is undoubtedly a national park.





Riverside Walk accesses the notorious narrows north of Zion Canyon, making it one of the most popular trails in Zion National Park………………………………..

5. National parks provide a host of fun sporting opportunities: All national parks offer package-style adventures which include hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and many more activities based on the natural surrounds. Often, dedicated adventure guides will enable you to make the most of every day of your visit. Unlike the case of typical holidays in which sightseeing and dining are the main activities, a visit to a national park is a great way to increase your physical fitness while enjoying fun experiences that make it all seem effortless!


One last view from the South Rim Of The Grand Canyon. Thank you Sally for this very informative post. Our National Parks are a real treasure.

camping Have a “Quality Time” Day and thanks for stopping by.


Today we have a guest post sent in by Sally Duke… Thank you Sally.. Photos are by Joe Todd from my western trip to The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Mesa Verde National Park,  and Zion National Park. A My Quality Time Post

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Valentine’s Day Food Ideas

MQTlogoa Some Quality Time Valentine’s day food ideas…

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Monday, February 06, 2017

84 Lumber Super Bowl Commercial - The Entire Journey

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passport This video in my opinion shows one side of the “immigration situation.” Also, it is true there are “people” trying to get into U.S.A. for the sole purpose of harming the country and it’s citizens.  That is the other side of the coin. Both sides of “this coin” need to be taken into consideration. If the U.S.A. is destroyed from within or without the message conveyed in the above video will be mute.

MQTlogoa We need to have Quality Time laws concerning immigration,borders,and refugees.


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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Have A Great Day & A Laugh

It’s Ok To Laugh A Little


A guy named David received a parrot for his birthday. The parrot was fully grown, with a bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive. Those that weren’t expletives were, to say the least, rude. David tried hard to change the bird’s attitude and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft music, anything he could think of to try and set a good example. Nothing worked. He yelled at the bird and the bird yelled back. He shook the bird and the bird just got more angry and rude. Finally, in a moment of desperation, David put the parrot in the freezer. For a few moments he heard the bird squawk and kick and scream. Then suddenly there was quiet. Not a sound for half a minute. David was frightened that he might have hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out onto David’s extended arm and said, “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I will endeavor at once to correct my behavior. I really am truly sorry and beg your forgiveness.” David was astonished at the bird’s change in attitude and was about to ask what had made such a dramatic change when the parrot continued, “May I ask what the chicken did?”

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

How Do You Like Your Coffee?





“A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is also the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you began eyeing each other’s cups. Life is the coffee. Your jobs, money and positions in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy our coffee.” The happiest people don’t have the best of everything.”

COFFEECOLLAGE300X300 Came in an email so I don’t know who the author is. So, I say, “have a cup of coffee and a great day.”

jta A “Quality time Day”