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Reader’s Digest New Zealand March 2021

No wonder Reader's Digest is the world's most widely read magazine. Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue, RD is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days. Every month millions of people get inspired, informed and entertained by its wide variety of stories about people, health, humour, adventures and world events, written by the best local and international journalists. All the stories are fact checked to the smallest details to ensure that readers get the most accurate and truthful stories, making Reader’s Digest the world’s most trusted magazine.

New Zealand
Direct Publishing Australia PTY LTD
R 20,27
R 152,70
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the benefits of a gentle recovery

“YOU SHOULD TAKE IT EASY,” is a common response we all offer to friends and family recovering from an illness or injury. “Don’t try to do too much.” But paying lip service to this advice really doesn’t help anyone. In ‘Re-kindling Convalescence’ (page 64) we look at how recovering from an illness is a stage of being sick, and should be taken seriously. It’s a stage society valued one hundred years ago; a stage where you’re neither sick nor well. You’re ‘repairing’ from the illness and its treatment, but not quite ready to return to the ordinary pace of life and work. With many COVID-19 survivors reporting a long struggle to get back to full recovery, perhaps the value of convalescing may find its way into mainstream thinking once again.…

2 min

Trip Down Memory Lane Many thanks for this year’s special Classics Edition (January 2021). With so many articles, heart-warming stories and humorous contributions, spanning more than 90 years, it provided the perfect COVID-19 ‘holiday at home’ read, and a wonderful trip down memory lane. And it was the perfect tribute to this pocket-sized magazine that continues to entertain, amuse and educate readers of all ages, while leaving behind lingering memories and the mighty impact that comes from the joy of reading. JUDITH CAINE Campbell Island’s Own Story ‘Shark Attack!’ (January) was a fascinating story of the rescue of snorkeller Mike Fraser off Campbell Island, which has an interesting history. The isolated island was discovered in January 1810 by Captain Fredrick Hasselburgh, who named it after his employer, Robert Campbell & Co. of Sydney. Campbell…

1 min

For quality products, book sales and more, call 0800 400 060 or head to Readersdigest.co.nz/shop READERSDIGESTNEWZEALAND Anecdotes and Jokes $50-$100 Send in your real-life laugh for Life’s Like That or All in a Day’s Work. Got a joke? Send it in for Laughter Is the Best Medicine! Smart Animals Up to $100 Share antics of unique pets or wildlife in up to 300 words. My Story $400 Do you have an inspiring or lifechanging tale to tell? Submissions must be true. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND READER SUBMISSIONS Online readersdigest.co.nz/contribute Email editor@readersdigest.co.nz Mail Editor, Reader’s Digest, PO Box 90489, Auckland 1030 Include your name, address, phone number and email. Letters: We may edit letters and use them in all print and electronic media. Submissions: All submissions become our property on payment and subsequent publication in the magazine. We may edit and fact-check submissions. For…

1 min
news worth sharing

A group of 22 students from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands has created a fully functioning electric car made largely from recycled waste. Named ‘Luca’, the bright yellow, two-seater sports car is made from plastics fished out of the sea and household garbage. Its light weight, streamlined profile and narrow tyres enable it to reach a top speed of 90km/h, with a reach of 220 kilometres when fully charged. The hard plastics usually found in televisions, toys and kitchen appliances have been used for the car’s body, while the seat cushions are made from coconut and horse hairs. Project manager Lisa van Etten told Reuters the chassis was made out of flax and recycled PET bottles. About 95 per cent of the car is comprised of waste materials. Production…

1 min
speaking two languages helps protect the brain

People who regularly use two or more languages may have a lower risk of the cognitive decline associated with ageing, say Barcelona university scientists. Speaking and switching between two languages on a regular basis – and having done so throughout life – enhances cognitive reserve and delays the appearance of symptoms associated with cognitive decline and dementia, the study found. The prevalence of dementia in countries where more than one language is spoken is 50 per cent lower than in those regions where the population uses only one language to communicate, says researcher Marco Calabria.…

1 min
baby elephant receives cpr and survives

Rescue worker Mana Srivate has performed CPR dozens of times throughout his 26-year career, but never before on an elephant. Off duty and on a road trip in the eastern Thai province of Chanthaburi, Mana was called into action when a baby elephant was struck by a motorcycle. Mana says that he located the elephant’s heart based on human theory and a video clip he quickly looked up on YouTube. In a video of the incident posted on social media, Mana is seen giving two-handed compressions to a small elephant lying on its side. “When the baby elephant started to move, I almost cried,” he said. After ten minutes, the young elephant stood up and was taken away for treatment before being returned to the scene of the accident where his mother…