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Publisher's Letter: Serving Others

As we head into another social season in the Palm Beaches, I’m reminded of the health benefits associated with social engagements and being social in general. People who engage in social activities live longer and these social ties are just as important to a healthy lifestyle and longevity as diet and exercise. Dedicating yourself to a cause greater than yourself has life-enhancing side effects, as we humans are hard-wired to rely on each other for survival.

Ironically, those who volunteer their time feel like they have more time; those who donate money to charities, feel wealthier; and those who volunteer out of love, feel more loved. Jupiter Magazine and The Palm Beacher sponsor and support about 30 events and important causes each year by providing marketing and publicity to raise awareness for these organizations, boosting their attendance, volunteering at the event and donating our time and/or money; and we encourage you, our loyal readers, to do the same. Pick your passion (and engage in something you strongly believe in) from our annual Charity Datebook, a resource of charities in the Tri-county area. Purpose, joy, connection and happiness will be your reward, as well as an increased dose of oxytocin. And to prepare you for the upcoming social season, we’ll have you red-carpet ready in record time with our elegant ensembles and posh pairings in “A Formal Affair” on page 54.

If ocean conservation is as close to your heart as it is to your geographic proximity, shop the companies in “The Ocean’s Allies” on page 42, as their mission statements revolve around protecting, preserving and conserving the world’s largest resource, our precious oceans. They remind us to do our part every day to be eco-friendly and use biodegradable and environmentally responsible products. Ocean conservation is at the core of Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s mission. By studying sea turtles, they can gauge the health of the world’s oceans—as they migrate, their journey into other ocean habitats tells us the health of our oceans. As President and CEO Jack E. Lighton says, “Sea turtles are the canary in the coal mine. The sea turtle tells us the health of the ocean; the ocean tells us the health of our planet.” Book your tickets now for their annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, now in its 10th year, as the organization welcomes biologist, conservationist and TV wildlife expert Jeff Corwin as keynote speaker October 26. Corwin points out that South Florida, with our diverse animal species and unique environmental challenges, is an epicenter for conservation, and protecting the very resources that drew us here in the first place is paramount to successful conservation efforts locally and globally.