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Zeus Xenios and Greek Philoxenia

Posted by moodhacker on May 22, 2019 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Greek word Philoxenia, literally translated as a “friend to a stranger”, is widely perceived to be synonymous to hospitality.


For Greeks it is much deeper than that. It is an unspoken cultural law that shows generosity and courtesy to strangers.


Greeks are enormously generous when inviting others to their home, or being invited themselves.

In villages, it is not uncommon for villagers to show up at the door of a resident foreigner (or even a temporary visitor renting a room) with a sack full of fresh tomatoes, or even a bottle of local olive oil.


Philoxenia today can be as simple as a smile, helping a stranded motorist, buying a meal for a homeless person, or opening your home to friends and family.


Zeus Xenios


This cultural law has its origins in Ancient Greece. The Greek god Zeus is sometimes called Zeus Xenios — as he was also a protector of travelers. He thus embodied the religious obligation to be hospitable to travelers.

The beautiful story written by the Roman poet Ovid in 8 A.D of Zeus and Hermes disguised as poor travelers, narrates the sacred relation between host and guest, embodying the ancient Greek tradition.


The two ancient Gods, the story goes, visited many villages in search of refuge for the night. A poor elderly couple — Baucis and Philemon welcomed them as guests in their home and generously served them food and wine.


After refilling her guests’ cups many times over, Baucis noticed that the wine jug was still full. Philemon then realized the visitors were actually gods and she offered to kill their only goose to feed them. Touched by this gesture, Zeus rewarded their generosity by transforming the humble cottage into a beautiful stone temple.


Zeus also granted the couple their ultimate wish: to be the guardians of the temple, die at the same time, and stay together for eternity as they were turned into trees, guarding each side of the temple’s door.





Trojan War


According to legend, even an event as momentous as the Trojan War began because of a guest’s violation of xenia. The Trojan prince Paris was a guest of King Menelaus of Sparta when he abducted Menelaus’ wife, Helen.

Both the Odyssey and the Iliad are filled with episodes in which xenia is either honored or ignored and the subsequent consequences are notable. For instance, when Odysseus sails to the island of the cyclops, the monster’s treatment of Odysseus and his sailors is a violation of the custom of xenia. The cyclops is punished for the transgression. Odysseus blinds his “host” and escapes. The cyclops episode depicts an abuse of xenia.

In another story, Odysseus’ wife Penelope is forced by custom to entertain an entire household of suitors. The guests not only make unreasonable, burdensome requests that were impolite for guests but they do so with the assumption the host himself is no longer alive. The conclusion of the poem involves Odysseus’s slaughter of the suitors. This violent ending can be seen as retribution for an egregious abuse of xenia, or conversely, a violation of its very precepts.



Reasons for philoxenia

The Greeks believed the gods wanted them to show hospitality to anyone who showed up at their homes. nother possible explanation for the amount of hospitality shown is that It was also believed that turning away someone and not providing them this hospitality would result in some form of punishment from the gods.

There are many possible reasons why hospitality was more prevalent in those times.


Traveling in Homer’s time was much more extensive and lengthier than in modern times. Because of this, many more nights were spent away from home in many different locations. Also, there were not hotels or inns where travelers could pay and stay the night.


Because of this, travelers had to rely on the hospitality of others for shelter, food, and protection. There was, however, some payment for this hospitality in the form of a gift exchange.


Another possible reason for this hospitality was the fact that there were not nations that would allow travelers to enter their territory safely. Without such hospitality, strangers could be captured or even killed for entering a foreign land.

 

Finally, hospitality could have been used to spread ones name and bring them a sense of fame if they provided a high standard of hospitality to strangers. It also could have been a way to show how wealthy one was.


Mastic and Mood

Posted by moodhacker on May 22, 2019 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Chios mastiha has been well known ever since antiquity, for its medicinal and pharmaceutical properties.

But what about mood elevation levels , and the mastica's contribution to Greek kefi ? 

Mastica of Chios is a unique in Greece  spice element incoroporated in the Greek daily life in many aspects . It is used in cooking and also cosnumed strait as a gum or as ypovrichio  

 


Nowadays, it has been gradually revealed by the scientific community, (through accurate and scientifically acceptable methods based on laboratory research and clinical studies carried out by independent researchers in Greece and abroad,) that natural Chios mastiha is gifted with unique beneficial and therapeutic properties, thus confirming what has been historically recorded over the past.

 

Scientific evidence has confirmed Mastiha’s beneficial action against disorders of the peptic system, its contribution to oral hygiene, its significant antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action, as well as the fact that it constitutes a natural antioxidant agent. In addition to that, Chios mastiha contributes to wound healing and skin regeneration.

 

Important research studies regarding Chios mastiha’s medicinal and pharmaceutical action have been published  in international scientific journals.

 




Mastiha’s action in terms of prevention and treatment of peptic system diseases

The results of recent scientific studies related to mastiha’s therapeutic action with regard to disorders of the peptic system are especially worth-mentioning.

 

Ever since antiquity, it had been known that Chios mastiha had a strong positive effect in stomach comfort, e.g. relieving from gastrointestinal disorders, dyspepsia, gastralgia (stomach ache), peptic ulcers, etc.

 

In our times, scientific, laboratory but also clinical studies have confirmed the aforementioned significant action of Chios mastiha. The first research efforts were carried out in university foundations and clinics of the Arab world, areas where the use of Chios mastiha was and still is widespread even in practical medicine concoctions.




The association between peptic ulcer diseases and mental health problems

According to a recent study conducted by the Division of Chronic Disease Surveillance, a division of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Psychological problems, such as severe stress, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and psychological counseling, were associated with PUD prevalence.

Among the 14,266 participants over 19-years old, 813 participants (5.6%) had PUD. Compared to the non-PUD group (n = 13,453), the PUD group had a significantly higher percentage of males, current smokers, and heavy drinkers, lower education status, lower income, and greater presence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and mental health problems, including severe stress, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and psychological counseling history. After adjustment for lifestyle and medical and environmental factors, mental health problems were found to be associated with a significantly higher risk for PUD.

 


(Previous studies found that there was a relationship between PUD and psychological problems; however, this study specifically identified significant association between PUD and mental health problems including severe stress, depressive mood, and suicidal ideation, and further clarified that an increased number of mental health problems in a subject were significantly associated with prevalence of PUD)




Other Mastic Properties 

 


 

Chios Mastiha as a protective agent against atherosclerosis

 

Nowadays, there has been an intense scientific interest regarding the use of natural antioxidant agents as protective means against the atherosclerosis disease. Because of their composition, these substances offer protection against the formation of atheromatous plaques, thus preventing the risk of atherosclerosis and heart diseases. The presence of phenolic molecules, triterpenic compounds as well as phytosterols among Chios mastiha’s components is particularly important because of their action against the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and that is a significant evidence for its potential antioxidant effect. Research activity in that field is still in an experimental stage. In any case, the results that have been published up to now are particularly encouraging and indicate a strong possibility of using mastiha as a natural antioxidant agent.

 


Chios Mastiha in relation to oral hygiene and dental research

 

Scientific studies have proved that chewing Chios mastiha is very helpful for gum exercise, along with all its relevant beneficial effects in dental health. It has been further confirmed that Chios mastiha, unlike ordinary chewing gums, induces greater salivation due to its particular taste and its relative hardness, something that gives a greater feel of mouth freshness and cleanness, while it has been also proved to be relieving for people suffering from dry mouth, a disorder especially common among elderly persons.

 

In addition, researchers have carried out numerous scientific and clinical studies regarding mastiha’s and Chios mastiha chewing gum’s action in decreasing microbial plaque formation and eliminating bacterial growth inside the oral cavity.

 

 

 


Antimicrobial action of Chios Mastiha essential oil

 

Significant research activity has been carried out regarding the antimicrobial action of mastiha’s essential oil – mastiha oil. Researchers have studied in particular that when mastiha oil, Chios mastiha essential oil, has been incorporated in the growth medium, it can delay the growth rate but also eliminate microbes, bacteria and pathogenic microorganisms.

 

The results of such studies confirm the important antimicrobial and antifungal action of mastiha oil, thus encouraging its further usage as a component of pharmaceutical and other protection and care products.

 




https://www.gummastic.gr/en/chiosmastiha/properties

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5572011/


fish and olive oil to being happier

Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Study among older Greeks links fish and olive oil to being happier


Published by vitalchoice.com/article/fish-and-olive-oil-linked-to-better-mood

by Craig Weatherby

 

Two years ago, we reported the conclusions of an expert panel of the American Psychiatric Association, which concluded that omega-3s from fish are capable of reducing depression risks.

 

(See “Top Psych Panel Says Omega-3s Deter Depression, Biploar Disorder.”;)

 

Now, Greek researchers have reported the results of two population studies… one that links fish to better mood, and one that does the same for olive oil.

 

Fish may fuel better mood

The first study involved people living in various Greek islands and in Cyprus (Bountziouka V et al. 2009).

 

They recruited 1,190 men and women aged over 65, and gathered data on the participants' diets, lifestyles, and personal characteristics.

 

The Greek team then administered a psychological tests designed to detect depression, called the validated Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS).

People who had the healthiest GDS scores were more educated and physically active, but they also reported higher fish consumption than their sadder peers.

 

Importantly, the study detected a “dose-response” effect that strengthens the association between eating more fish and being less prone to depression.

 

After adjusting for various factors associated with depression, their analysis showed that each extra portion of fish a participant reported eating per week further lowered their chances of having a GDS score above the “clinical threshold” that indicates depression.

 

As the Greek team concluded, “These findings may assist public health policy makers in better preventing emotional disorders among the elderly by promoting healthier eating habits” (Bountziouka V et al. 2009).

 

Olive oil may help mood… other vegetable oils may harm it

Several studies have linked the standard American diet's imbalance between omega-6 (too many) and omega-3 fats (too few) to increased risk of depression.

 

Now a study from the Athens area of Greece suggests that diets high in olive oil may boost mood, while diets high in omega-6-rich vegetables oils may promote depression (Kyrozis A et al. 2009).

 

Researchers from the University of Athens Medical School recruited 610 healthy men and women aged 60 years or older and gathered data on the participants' diets, lifestyles, and personal characteristics.

 

Six to 13 years later, their mood was evaluated using the same GDS test used in the fish study.

 

Their analysis showed that people who consumed more olive oil had healthier GDS scores, while people who consumed lots of cheap “seed oils”—that is, corn, soy, safflower, sunflower, and cottonseed oils—had worse scores.

 

To be precise, the link was between monounsaturated fats and mood. And olive oil—specifically extra virgin grade oil—was by far the main source of monounsaturated fats in the diets of the participants who had the highest intakes.

 

As they wrote, “We conclude that… lower intake of [omega-6-rich] seed oils and higher intake of olive oil… predict a healthier affective [mood] state” (Kyrozis A et al. 2009).

 

We take their results as positive affirmation that extra virgin olive oil helps make people feel good!

 

In contrast to the study described above, the researchers found no association between higher fish intake and reduced depression risk.

 

Given the many studies that link higher fish intake to better mood—including the study summarized above—that result is a bit surprising, but not very significant.

 



Sources

Bountziouka V, Polychronopoulos E, Zeimbekis A, Papavenetiou E, Ladoukaki E, Papairakleous N, Gotsis E, Metallinos G, Lionis C, Panagiotakos D. Long-term fish intake is associated with less severe depressive symptoms among elderly men and women: the MEDIS (MEDiterranean ISlands Elderly) epidemiological study. J Aging Health. 2009 Sep;21(6):864-80. Epub 2009 Jul 8.

Kyrozis A, Psaltopoulou T, Stathopoulos P, Trichopoulos D, Vassilopoulos D, Trichopoulou A. Dietary lipids and geriatric depression scale score among elders: the EPIC-Greece cohort. J Psychiatr Res. 2009 May;43(8):763-9. Epub 2008 Oct 25

KEFI , a tried and tested Greek wellbeing experience

Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)




By djphilthethrill.com/what-is-kefi/

Phil the Thrill is a Disk Jockey – DJ – who performs in Tarpon Springs – Clearwater – St. Petersburg – Sarasota


What is “κεφι”


A word well known to all Greeks; but it’s not a word, rather its a feeling, and all should know this.

I don’t know if you can fully explain the true meaning of a word that really can’t be written into words – but needs to be experienced!


So, what is kefi?

On the surface, when a Greek mentions the word, kefi, are they be referring to Joy? To Spirit? Passion? Happiness? Triumph? Excitement? Feeling good or even having fun? Just loving life?

Overall, you can see that kefi is simply a word for experiencing something. Something positive!


The real benefit of finding your kefi is finding it when times are not at the best. When things are going well, Everyone has kefi, but what do you do when things aren’t going so well and how do you get back to that kefi kind of place?



 Living A Life Full Of Kefi


Our lives are busy. Time rules us. We get 30 minutes for lunch, and if we are lucky a couple of weeks a year of vacation. Life is fast pace. In a sad reality time just passes by faster and faster. We all develop a feeling of looking at the world through a screen.

 

Stop. Relax. And find your Kefi!

 

Here are some tips on how to do this but at the end of the day, alter, change, remove, or add whatever makes you feel happy. That’s the point after all.

 

Let it go. Seriously, life doesn’t always play out. Sometimes you get a flat tire and other times an important meeting/date/event doesn’t go as planned. That is just the way the world works. The more you focus on something that didn’t work out, the longer you will feel down. When life doesn’t work out, you are in total control with respect to how you feel about it. Okay, so that promotion didn’t pan out, who cares. We have to learn to live and let live. Go with the flow.

 

Live in the moment. Zorba the Greek! Live in the present. Each second that passes we will never get back. Something that precious deserves your full attention. Following this step really works because the worrying stops, or slows down anyhow. We all know that probably 95% of the things we worry about never happen. For some reason, we tend to think of the worst possible scenario, simply because we read that one article or heard that one story. Look, there are anomalies for everything, but they hardly happen. Try it, it is a lot easier in theory I know. Set aside 10 minutes where you do something and only think about what you’re doing. Don’t even think about the 11th minute, just stay in the moment my friend.

 

Take Naps. Yeah, that’s right. Villages in Greece will more or less shut down for a few hours after lunch. Hey, who doesn’t get a little tired after lunch? So save about 15 minutes of your lunch hour and do nothing. Don’t eat. Don’t talk. Just sit and relax. Try not to think about anything for those 15 minutes. While it doesn’t fully take the place of a nap, it’s a start.

 

Dance to music by DJ Phil the Thrill! Dance doesn’t discriminate – it invites all. Get up and move your feet. Do it where no one can see you or do it where everybody can. Who cares if anyone does? There are many traditional Greek dances that every Greek knows and does. So get up…be free! Dance! Put on one of your favorite songs and just start moving. Who can stay sad or mad while dancing to their favorite song? Let it go!

 

Laugh with family and friends. Greeks are very big on gatherings. Try having a meal with a group once a week. It could be family, co-workers, neighbors, roommates, or anyone else you can have a good time with. Share some great Greek recipes with. Stop and live with. You get the picture.

 

If you do the steps above, does it becomes easier to find your kefi? To feel alive, happy, excited, joyous, etc., There will be times when you may feel a bit lost, that’s okay – just center yourself and rediscover your kefi!

 

 

Phil the Thrill is a Disk Jockey – DJ – who performs in Tarpon Springs – Clearwater – St. Petersburg – Sarasota

A kefimoment diary

Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)



By carlacoulson.com/need-greek-kefi/


Dear Folks,


Whether you are a photographer, creative or lover of life todays post is about joy.

One of my favourite things to do in life is to get on a plane to Greece because no matter how busy my year has been I know in my heart that I will put back what has been taken out of my creative well this year when I touch down on Greek soil.


For me the magic starts at the Athens airport and Greek folk if you are reading this I am sure you will know what I mean.


The nervous system seems to know its home!

It rolls over, it purrs, it knows it’s going to lie on a beach and become so hypnotized with good food, soft breezes, gentle joy and Kefi it kicks in immediately.


Kefi, like so many words in different languages never translates as the Greeks know it. It’s about joy, passion, living in the moment, togetherness, music and dance and more.


The above photos were taking of my husband on the last day of one of many of our Greek holidays.

I wanted a photo and had tried to make it happen the day before which ended in a rare fight. I found this amazing motorbike and the guy wouldn’t rent it to us. We drove out to this beautiful simple place on a ugly alternative and then hubs dug his heels in and refused. My sweet Italian wasn’t feeling it. We were leaving the island in a couple of days and I knew this window was closing but my philosophy has NEVER TO DO ANYTHING FOR A for a photo so I let it go.


Then later the next day he said ‘come on let’s go take some photos’. We rented the not so attractive bike, headed out to the beautiful spot and I started taking pics of him riding. Then he jumped off the bike and started humming the music to the sirtaki and just like that, on a dirt road, as the sun was setting with him and I dancing and humming we found our Kefi.


Sometimes I think Kefi is the secret to happiness!


There is a wonderful interview here unfortunately only in French or Greek that describes Kefi



Or you can catch a little bit of it here in this scene with Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek. I adore those words you would love any man to utter to another ‘will you teach me to dance’?





Here’s how I take Kefi home into my daily life:


Live in the moment I try and stop living for tomorrow and live in the moment if whatever I am doing is enjoyable and not rush off to the next thing. Just sit, kick back and enjoy. Tomorrow will come but right here and now is amazing.

 

Relax I find I get more done and am more creative when I take time out, have weekends and days away from the computer and meditate or relax during the day. Yes, when the sun is shining I take a long lunch break and even lie down during my work day and don’t feel slightly guilty about it because I know when I get up everything will be clearer.


Music I make music a part of my life, it changes my mood takes me from lethargic to excited, feeling down to happy and helps me bring what I desire into my life. Yes folks I manifest to music!!


Dance – Even if it’s only for my husband I try and dance every day! Dance is the thing that connects us to joy and the forgotten wild women inside.


Share – There are so many ways to share our lives with others. Make a habit of sharing a meal with someone, share a ride home, an after walk or something that works for you. Actively share.


Let Go – If there is one thing that is tough to master it is letting go. Letting go of all the millions of things we think we should do and surrendering to them or delegating them to someone else. Once a day I let go of something. I allow things to be imperfect even if it’s a small thing and I am the only person that knows it, I just kiss goodbye to perfection and mentally let go.


So dearest folks, I hope you have enjoyed this little reflection on joy and life and hope you try and

bring a little Kefi to your daily routine.


Sending love

Carla x


this post was published in carla.couson.com  in May 2018 

The war dance of Ancient Greeks that;s been rescued by the Pontians

Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)




The Pyrrhichios or Pyrrhike dance ("Pyrrhic dance"; Ancient Greek: πυρρίχιος or πυρρίχη,[1] but often misspelled as πυρρίχειος or πυρήχειος;) was the best known war dance of the Greeks. It was probably of Dorian origin and practiced at first solely as a training for war. According to ancient sources it was an armed dance.[2]


Overview

Plato (Leges, 815a) describes it as imitating by quick movements the ways in which blows and darts are to be avoided and also the modes in which an enemy is to be attacked. It was dance to the sound of the aulos; its time was quick and light, as is also shewn by the metric foot called pyrrhic.[3]


It was described by Xenophon in his work the Anabasis. In that work he writes that at a festival was held in Trapezus to celebrate the arrival of his troops in the city. The following is the part in which the pyrrhic dance is mentioned:


A Mysian who saw that they were amazed, retorted by persuading one of the Arcadians who had acquired a dancing girl to dress her in the finest costume he could, fit her with a light shield and bring her on to give a graceful performance of the 'Pyrrhic' dance. Thereupon there was a roar of applause, and the Paphlagonians asked if the Greek women also fought side by side with their men. The Greeks answered that these were the very women who had routed the king from his camp.[citation needed]


Homer refers to the Pyrrichios and describes how Achilles danced it around the burning funeral of Patroclus.


Pyrrhic Dance:ancient Greek war dance,warriors-dancers w/shield & sword/spear originally practiced as training for war-1927 Delphic Festival by @VeraCausa9


The dance was loved in all of Greece and especially the Spartans considered it a kind of light war training and so they taught the dance to their children while still young.


Athenians youth performed the dance in the palaestra as part of training in gymnastike.[4]


The dance was also performed in the Panathenaic Games. There were three classes of competitors: men, youth and boys.[4]



The "Wow" Greek Beach, by Guardian

Posted by moodhacker on May 16, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)



A Greek beach is named one of the most impressive in the world in the best beaches in the world list published Guardian.

A total of 50 beaches  areb devided by the Guardian in 7 different categories. In the category “Best for wow factor” are featured 12 impressive beaches, among them a Greek one described by the British newspaper as more of a cove than a beach, backed by cliffs and dense woods, with white sands and pebbles and clear blue waters.

It is Fakistra on the Pelion peninsula (mainland Greece), below Tsagarada village. It’s a steep walk down but it’s the sort of place that, apart from in July and August, you may well have to yourself.


See the whole list:

1 Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Source d’Argent, Seychelles


2 Dune du Pyla, France

Dune du Pyla, France


3. Shoal Bay, Antigua

Shoal Bay, Antigua

 

4 Cala Saona, Formentera

Cala Saona, Formentera


5 Glass Beach, California

Glass Beach, California


6 Starfish Beach, Panama

Starfish Beach, Panama


7. Fakistra, Greece

fakistra


8 Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico


9 Koh Kradan, Thailand

Koh Kradan, Thailand


10 Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach), Mexico

Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach), Mexico


11 Greenfield Beach, Australia

Greenfield Beach, Australia


12 Bora Bora, French Polynesia




For 2019 , Five beaches in Greece are included in a “Top 40” list compiled by Guardian’s editors, with Voidokilia, in the extreme southwest Messinia prefecture topping the specific sites in the east Mediterranean country

Voidokilia is the external shore of a saltwater lagoon facing the Ionian Sea, just north of the harbor town of Pylos port.

The beach’s azure waters, a cave, the remnants of a medieval castle and the presence of numerous birds, including seasonal flamingos, are what attracted the Guardian to Voidokilia, which means “ox stomach”.


Other beaches located in Greece are “Kaladi” on the southwest Aegean island of Kythira


 



Palaiochori on Milos






“Super Paradise” on upscale hub Mykonos,





and Balos on the large island of Crete


The folklore details of the greek May wreath

Posted by moodhacker on April 30, 2019 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)



According to the director of the Folklore Center of the Academy of Athens, Aikaterini Kamilaki, the wreath was made with a rod of flexible and durable wood of vine or other, and was decorated with flowers and branches of fruit trees, such as almond, fig tree and pomegranate. It was decorated it with wheat and barley, and also with onion and garlic, to "extinguish" , according to traditon, the "bad eye".

The use of greenery, mainly, and less of the flowers, was the main feature of the May wealth tradition that symbolised fertility. In rural areas, quite often, a bunch of green branches of olive, fig tree, neat, orange and other flowers was placed over the front door, and that was enough according to folk tradition to bring luck, health and wealth to th family of the house. Nettle and garlic were necessary among them to avert the bad spirits from the home and its inhabitants

According to the Professor of Classical Archeology at the Aristotelian University, Michalis Tierios' writings, the branch of the walnut or the wreath, probably has its roots in aentiquity: "It is known that in ancient Greece such branches or wreaths were used very often in major feasts and celebrations of the public, private and religious life. In addition, it is remarkable that at a major celebration of Ancient Greece at the ancient month, Thargelianus, which corresponded, approximately, to the May month of nowadays, the construction of a branch analogous to today' May wreath was included . This branch was not made by flowers, but with branches of fruit trees, including also onion and garlic. "

Nowadays we have established wreaths of wildflowers or garden flowers, which we place at the main entrance of our homes during the May month. We still want to believe, that today's May wreath which we often buy from flower shops, and is often nothing more than a beautiful and fragrant flower composition, still brings health, good luck, peace, happiness and euphoria. Surely, however, its construction gives euphoria to the elderly and the young, escaping from the cities seeking the joy of spring in the blooming nature.





info and photo(above), fb Doucie Arnaouteli‎

photo( below):  Herbs' wreath of May from Smari village in Crete, fb  



3D Walk through the Ancient Glory in Greece

Posted by moodhacker on February 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


As you walk around the overgrown site of Ancient Olympia, birth-place of the Olympic games, you may visualize in 360º and 3D the glorious, inspiring monuments that once stood there, by using the  Mobile Optical Illusions is the market leader of AR & VR Apps for 3D Reconstructions of Archaeological Sites.

While in Olympia don’t miss to enter Virtually in the temple of Zeus and stare at one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the giant gold and ivory statue of the father of twelve Gods seated on his throne!

But there are also more spots and Greek archaeological sites where you can 3D enjoy the ancient glory , and "virtually walk throuth it" by using the ap p, personally or through group participation   




First, at the Acropolis Athens 

You may view Parthenon complete with its decorations and even step inside to see the giant golden ivory statue of the goddess Athena!

Using Moptil’s tablet or VR goggles you can visualize all Acropolis temples and statues as they were 2000 years ago. As you walk around the heritage site you can enjoy the temples that has not survived through the centuries, like the temple of Zeus, the temple of Diana the 9m statue of Athena Promakhos and many others. Stand by the Parthenon Priest or the Priestess of Nike temple while she is pouring olive oil on the altar!


Features include full reconstructions of the ancient buildings of Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Erechtheion, Propylaea, Theater of Dionysus, Temple of Zeus, Diana (Aphrodite), Ergani, Augustus (Roman period), the Bronze Repository, Arreforeion, the entire South slope, all the large altars



You may also find Moptil's at the  Ancient Lindos in Rhodes, the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete, Delos, Kos and Delphi. Soon we will also be in Cartegena of Spain


Moptill's team has developed the interactive tool to enjoy the most well known Monuments of Heritage Culture, fully reconstructed. Every project of Moptil involves 3D artists, Graphic designers, programmers, painters, archaeologists and many others. Moptil has created an ecosystem of professionals, that gives her the ability to develop many projects in parallel.


MOPTIL has steadily managed to enter into the Greek tourism sector and has received numerous awards and mentions, as well as the congratulations of the Minsitry of Greek Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura, the former Prime Minister of France Fraancois Hollande, and many more



Just look at nature and the brain works better, study says

Posted by moodhacker on February 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

" Green roofs can reduce the retention of heat in urban areas, help to cool down buildings and thereby lower their energy use, and even pull some carbon dioxide from the air and feed it back into plant growth. Plus, they look cool." writes the Washington Post undelining also ¨

the psychological benefits of such intitiatives as green roofs according to new research. I

In a study published in the journal Environmental Psychology, the University of Melbourne’s Kate Lee and a group of colleagues found that interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance on the task.

The research adds to a growing scientific literature on the health advantages — psychological and otherwise — of being exposed to views of nature in urban settings, for instance through the presence of parks or trees. Research in this area is so far along, in fact, that researchers are considering whether it might be possible to identify the right “dose” of nature that people need to receive in order to actually reap significant health benefits.


Other psychological benefits of nature views have also been captured in recent literature. In one study, research subjects who viewed a 12-minute nature documentary before playing a game that involved managing a fishery resource engaged in more sustainable behavior.


The new study appears to break ground by showing an effect — and a benefit — from a much smaller and shorter-lived nature exposure.

 

In the research, 150 students were asked to perform a cognitively demanding task called the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART). In the task, respondents view a series of individual numbers, between 1 and 9, on a computer screen. Each number flashes by very rapidly — in under a second — and the research subject has to press a particular keyboard key as rapidly as possible — unless, that is, the number is 3.


In that case, subjects have to catch themselves and not respond — which is difficult to do, given the habit built up of repeatedly and rapidly clicking the key.

This goes on for a large number of trials — 225 of them, requiring about five minutes in total to complete — making the task both difficult and also fairly taxing. No wonder, then, that it is regarded as a test of one’s ability to keep focus and attention over a period of time.


In the current study, students had to complete the SART task not once, but twice. However, they received a 40-second “microbreak” in between the two trials. During that break, their computer screens flashed either to a digital image of a city building roof covered in concrete, or one covered with grass and flowers. Then, they completed the remainder of the SART trial.


The green roof view that half of research subjects observed during their “micro-break.” (University of Melbourne)

Afterward, the students exposed to the green roof scene not only reported that it felt more “restorative,” they performed better on the task. In particular, they showed less fluctuation in response time, and made fewer errors of “omission” — failing to tap the keyboard key when they saw a number other than 3.

 

“Nature can provide cognitive benefits in much shorter timeframes, and in smaller amounts than previously demonstrated,” the authors concluded.

For anybody who toils all day at task after task in an office building, it’s hard to miss the implications. “Modern work drains attention throughout the day, so providing boosted ‘green micro-breaks’ may provide mental top-ups to offset declining attention,” said lead study author Kate Lee of the University of Melbourne by e-mail.


Alas, for many of us in the United States, going to an office window and looking out at a green roof next door remains impossible — for now, anyway.


 Lee reminds the findings are generalizable beyond green roofs. “Viewing different types of nature (parks and forests) can also boost attention, research shows,” she commented. “Based on this we would hypothesize that other types of urban greening that show similar vegetation characteristics to those studied previously may also boost attention.”


"There’s always a brief walk outside — if not to a park, then at least to somewhere you can see a tree", concludes Washington Post   


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/05/26/viewing-nature-can-help-your-brain-work-better-study-finds/?utm_term=.9db7fb1a89ed

Loving the Camera and Posting Everyday Improves Wellbeing

Posted by moodhacker on February 17, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)




Taking a photo each day and posting it online has complex benefits say researchers who say it supports improved wellbeing. A study recorded what photos people took, what text they added and how they interacted with others on the photo-a-day site for two months.


This is a popular social phenomenon, with Instagram having over 1.5million photos tagged #365 for each day of the year while there are thousands of members of Blipfoto, a key photo-a-day site.


A study co-authored by Dr Liz Brewster of Lancaster University and Dr Andrew Cox of the University of Sheffield recorded what photos people took, what text they added and how they interacted with others on the photo-a-day site for two months.

 

They found that taking a daily photo improved wellbeing through:


  • Self-care
  • Community interaction
  • The potential for reminiscence
  • Taking a moment to be mindful, and looking for something different or unusual in the day were seen as positive well-being benefits of the practice.


One participant said: "My job was a very highly stressful role... There were some days when I'd almost not stopped to breathe, you know what I mean... And just the thought: oh wait a moment, no, I'll stop and take a photograph of this insect sitting on my computer or something. Just taking a moment is very salutary I think."


  • It also led to more exercise and gave a sense of purpose, competence and achievement.

Another participant said: "It encourages me out of the house sometimes when I could just sit on my backside with a cup of tea. I'll think maybe I'll take a walk down on to the seafront and before I know it I'm two miles along the coast. "


  • The online contact helped people to manage loneliness and grief as well as meeting new people with shared interests. Several participants had taken early retirement and found that the contact established via photo-a-day replaced some of the daily office chatter that they missed.

"There's the banter in the workshop or the office or the place where you work. And perhaps [photo-a-day] offers that... Because I'm having conversations with people that I would perhaps have had in the workplace.

 

The online interactions created a community based on the photos and accompanying text.


"It could be a rubbish photograph but if somebody commented on it, it made it worthwhile."


The online text was used to provide personal narratives, reminiscences, and explanations of repeated images.


"I'm ever feeling down or something it's nice to be able to scroll back and see good memories. You know, the photos I've taken will have a positive memory attached to it even if it's something as simple as I had a really lovely half an hour for lunch sitting outside and was feeling really relaxed."


The researchers said the practice is "an active process of meaning making, in which a new conceptualisation of wellbeing emerges."


By Science Daily 

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