Imagine a prescription that reads: “Take two doses of Lily Tomlin, followed by one dose of Charlie Chaplin, and rinse with an episode of I Love Lucy. Repeat as necessary and call me in the morning.” That is exactly what political journalist Norman Cousins decided to prescribe for himself during his treatment for a life-threatening disease.
Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, whose book was the basis of the Hollywood movie Patch Adams,also extols the health benefits of humor. He wrote, “Health is based on happiness — from hugging and clowning around to finding joy in family and friends, satisfaction in work and ecstasy in nature and the arts.”
Humor is a universal experience.… Read more »
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” Lin Yutang
Wisdom (and health) often come from knowing what to let go of, not what to hold on to. Letting go means giving up control and/or releasing unrealistic expectations. This allows us to be imperfect. Letting go does not mean we are giving up. Instead it means we have chosen to make decisions that strengthen us as a person by allowing us to focus on and protect our self-worth and our authenticity.… Read more »
These days, television seems to be filled with programs about “hoarders” and those who are disoriented and buried in their clutter. Some individuals have even died as a result of their clutter.
How does that happen? We all tend to cling to the familiar, even when it’s not healthy for us. We cling to physical items (such as clothes, furniture, and trinkets) as well as relationships, jobs, and behaviors. Unfortunately, we cross the line from normal, healthy behavior into the realm of “hoarding” when the items become excessive and we’re unable to discard them.… Read more »
Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it …This will miraculously transform your whole life. —Eckhart Tolle
The practice of gratitude is a powerful force that can be a state of mind as well as a way of life. Being grateful for what you have, instead of worrying about what you lack, enables you to let go of negative thoughts and attitudes and to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Being grateful increases feelings of love, knowingness, and awareness.… Read more »
Is your hectic lifestyle getting you down? Your kids need help with homework, your husband can’t find his shirt, you have an unscheduled meeting at work, your dog needs a walk, and your friend needs your help—all at the same time! Do you ever wonder how you can get a minute to relax? If you are like most people, you might even have forgotten how to relax.
While a little stress can be helpful (sharpening your senses and your mind), too much stress can wreak havoc on your physical and emotional health.… Read more »
Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. Earl Nightingale
Creativity is like a breeze: fleeting, flowing, invisible, and sometimes hard to catch. Some people relax, and their creativity just “happens.” Others must work hard to generate their creative side. Some of us are at our most creative first thing in the morning, while others find that their creativity kicks in later in the day. How do you keep your creative juices flowing when they lag? Here are some great ideas:
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Each and every day, we face stressors. Events, people, circumstances, concerns, and a certain amount of stress are part of our normal daily lives. Some of us rise to the occasion and thrive in these situations. Others experience a combination of negative physical and psychological effects.
Why do we react differently to stressors? Despite much research on the topic, the answer is not clearly understood, but a key element is how we manage the stressors we face. Stress does not result from a specific event; rather, a person’s perception of the event causes stress.… Read more »
Essential oils may help you relax and get a better night’s sleep. Although many essential oils can be used to help you relax or make it easier to fall asleep, a few oils are particularly effective.
The top five essential oils for insomnia are lavender, chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, and mandarin.
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- Lavender, an herb that produces one of the most popular essential oils, can be grown in a garden. This bushy plant produces pale violet flowers that bloom all summer. Its varied uses include aiding with digestion, improving mood, calming the nervous system, relaxing the body, and enabling blissful sleep.
Nearly half a million new cancer cases per year can be attributed to high body mass index (higher than 25). According to a new study conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and published in The Lancet Oncology, these cases are highest in richer countries but the effects are now visible in parts of the developing world. Data was utilized from numerous sources including the GLOBOCAN database of cancer incidence and mortality for 184 countries.
High body mass index (BMI) is a known risk factor for many types of cancers, including those affecting the esophagus, colon, rectum, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, breasts, ovaries, and uterus (endometrium).… Read more »
Caring for someone else can be rewarding and exhausting. Often, caregivers say, “My spouse is the one with cancer, but now I’m the one in the hospital!” The combination of loss, prolonged stress, and physical demands of caregiving, along with the biological changes that occur with age, can place caregivers at risk for significant health problems, as well as an earlier death.
If you are a caregiver, especially for someone with an ongoing disease or at the end of life, your role is likely to continually evolve as you meet your loved one’s changing needs.… Read more »