What’s the secret to living to 100? How long are you likely to live? Living to be 100 was once a rare event, but that is changing. Today, centenarians are the fastest growing segment of our population, and science is slowly unraveling their secrets.
Health officials predict that by 2050, more than 800,000 Americans will be living into their second century of life. These new centenarians are not frail, ailing, or housebound. Most are mentally alert, relatively free of disabilities, and active members of society.… Read more »
Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way to relieve stress, live in harmony with nature, and enhance the well-being of mind and body. One reason for its growing popularity is that so many people live pressure-filled, fast-paced lives. As stress and pressure affect their mental and physical beings, and as they come to accept the connection between mind and body, more people are seeking holistic approaches to manage their stress.
Believed to have originated in India, yoga is considered an ancient form of active meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.… Read more »
Walking, our natural means of getting from one place to another, provides health and fitness benefits. If you’re looking for a way to relieve stress and improve your health, walking at least 30 minutes a day is one of easiest ways to accomplish these goals.
Walking is great because you can do it alone or with others, and you won’t need special equipment. You just need a good pair of walking shoes, and you might enjoy using a pedometer to track your activity level.… Read more »
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.”… 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 »
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 »
If sound can be healing, and healing sounds help us improve our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, what is noise? How does noise differ from healing sounds and from music we don’t like? In addition to music, what noises are present in people’s homes and the everyday workspace of most health-care environments? Finally, what impact does noise have on health?
Our advancing civilization has gotten noisier over time. Human hearing evolved in a relatively quiet setting where very loud noises were the exception.… Read more »