Date: June 24th 2015

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THE BEST MENTAL EXERCISE IS PHYSICAL
Dr. Joel Wade  
The Virtue of Happiness
Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
- Thomas Jefferson

It's no secret that exercise is good for our physical health.  As a friend of mine puts it: "In short, physical activity is the best, easiest and cheapest way to decrease your mortality risk and increase your life span. It is also the most powerful anti-aging tactic we've got."

But exercise is vital for our mental health as well; and sitting a lot and not exercising is tremendously harmful for our emotional and psychological life.

I've written about the upsurge in depression over the past several decades. The most popular treatment for depression nowadays is medication. It's quick to administer, it's easy to do - just take a pill.

Exercise isn't as easy as medication; it takes work, self-discipline and perseverance. But exercise is as much as 2½ times as effective as medication for overcoming depression.

Once we develop the habit of exercise, we can easily overcome the inertia and the discomfort; then the benefits we gain against the depression continue, and the side effects are all positive.  Here's how to do it.
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HOW AMERICA'S GREECE COULD BECOME AMERICA'S HONG KONG
Richard Rahn  
Rahn on Econ101
Wednesday, 24 June 2015

America's Greece is Puerto Rico. 

Like Greece, the Puerto Rican government has more debt than it can service, and some are calling for a bailout by U.S. taxpayers. The major Puerto Rican state-owned or controlled enterprises are all losing money, including the power authority which is insolvent.

Puerto Rico is an American territory that was acquired from Spain in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The island has a population of about 3.6 million, which is declining as many Puerto Ricans emigrate to the U.S. mainland or elsewhere because of the continuing economic stagnation.

Hong Kong was a small British territory, with the British legal system but no self-government. Yet, it has become rich -- having more than twice the per capita income of the average American -- without receiving aid and subsidies from Britain which the United States has and continues to provide to Puerto Rico.

The operative question is why has Hong Kong become so much more successful than Puerto Rico?
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