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WellBeing Issue 187

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1 min

“Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up,” says Brené Brown, esteemed author, speaker and researcher. When life goes pear-shaped, as it has recently, how do you lead? What helps you move forward? Where do you seek guidance? The first half of 2020 has, at times, felt as if we were thrown into the front cart of an out-of-control rollercoaster ride, with our eyes open wide and our lips frozen in the shape of “arghhhhh”. In contrast, as soon as that rollercoaster comes to an abrupt halt, we’ve experienced moments of pure hope listening to New Zealand’s Prime…

3 min
from the editor-in-chief

It’s time to get real about our society. In the spirit of being real, let’s acknowledge that I am writing this at least six to eight weeks before you are reading it, so the COVID-19 landscape may have changed somewhat in that interval. This, however, is an editorial that can’t be written without acknowledging COVID as surely the most significant and transformative event of the last century. It is not the death toll or job loss that are COVID’s major legacy, although the importance of the human loss and the suffering cannot be overstated. Even beyond the sadness and grief it has caused, what COVID has glaringly laid bare is the reality of the world that we have built. As the virus has sliced its way across the globe, it has lain open…

7 min
from the editor

Let’s take a breath together. Lately we have sailed through some rough seas. Life, as we comfortably understood it, changed right before our very eyes. And changed rapidly. I was due to get married in March. We spent the Sunday before our wedding date clearing a paddock in Byron Bay’s hinterland, getting it ready for our ceremony. Everything was going according to plan, including the weather. Then, just 48 hours later, we found ourselves breaking the sad news to our friends and family: our wedding was on hold indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. But our love, we soon learned, was stronger than ever. The postponement of our special day got me thinking. Forget the party. What if, when two people are about to get married, they have to face a life-altering…

4 min
recent medical findings for a healthier body

The COVID-19 origin story Partly due to a scientific study that was, after criticism aplenty, withdrawn before publication, there has been a theory going around that COVID-19 was engineered in a lab. Let’s put that to rest. Viruses produce spike proteins that they use to grab onto and penetrate host cells. The COVID-19 spike protein shows evidence of natural selection, not genetic engineering. Secondly, the backbone, or molecular structure, of COVID-19 is different from known coronaviruses that infect humans. If you were making a virus to infect humanity you would use the backbone of a virus known to cause illness. Lastly, shortly after the epidemic began, Chinese researchers sequenced the genome of COVID-19. DNA sequencing has shown that COVID-19 did likely originate in bats but jumped to humans via the intermediary…

3 min
interesting slices of life

Words of support In uncertain times, emotional support from others is very important. However, how much comfort your words offer friends and family depends on the words you choose. In a new study of almost 500 adults, researchers found that social support does alleviate emotional distress, but how that support is delivered matters. If a person is feeling distress telling them what to feel with phrases like “Don’t worry about it” or “Just forget about it” won’t help. Instead, what distressed people need is for you to encourage them to talk about their own feelings and come to their own conclusions. A successful approach recognises the distressed person’s feelings and explores why they feel that way. The kind of language they recommend includes, “I’m sorry you are going through this, I’m…

3 min
all the latest in environmental issues

Coral reef “A-listers” Coral reefs around the world face intense pressure due to overfishing, pollution and climate change. In a new study, researchers assessed 1800 tropical reefs around the world. They found that just 5 per cent of the reefs studied meet the combined goals of providing enough fishing stocks, and maintaining biodiversity and a viable ecosystem. These reefs are what the researchers call “A-listers”: they have it all. However, creating nofishing marine reserves around reefs with low human pressures gets more reefs onto that A-list. Additionally, some reefs under more human pressure could get onto a metaphorical B-list that would make them more viable if fishing restrictions were put in place. Managing fish communities, not just coral communities, is central to maintaining multiple goals of biodiversity, fisheries and functioning ecosystems.…