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The Luckiest People in the World

“People who need people Are the luckiest people in the world. We’re children, needing other children And yet letting a grown-up pride Hide all the need inside. Acting more like children than children” Writer(s): Jule Styne, Bob Merrill musical “Funny Girl” I heard this song the other day and realized I’d never really heard the lyrics before. I was struck by the power and insights of this popular song. How could they have gotten it so right, especially in 1964? Here’s more: “Lovers… Are…

Help a loved one age gracefully

Chances are you are close to a person you love deeply . . .and that person appears to be aging faster than they should. What can you do? First, you must accept that their condition is controllable . . . by them!  Adults who develop positive attitudes about aging live more than seven years longer than peers who have negative attitudes. How can you help your loved one improve their attitude about their health? Point to the science. For at…

Do prayers help?

A couple of weeks ago my friend Paul let us know that he had a planned surgery scheduled and would need to postpone our regular Zoom call. Next, he described the procedure in some detail. It’s to correct a heart valve problem (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) and should be very low risk, according to 87 year old Paul. In the final line of his message Paul says: “I’ll keep you posted and prayers are appreciated.” Good move Paul! Asking for…

In quest of the side-splitting laugh

Think of the last time you had a side-splitting, tears-in-your-eyes, try-not-to-pee-your-pants laugh. Remember how good that felt? Actually, there’s strong clinical evidence that by “tickling your funny bone” you are not only being entertained, but enhancing your physical, psychological, and social well-being. I like that …a lot. So I set out on a quest to bring more laughter into my life. Here’s what I found: It’s better and easier in a group. Laughing is contagious, and the more you can…

What about your Emotional Health?

Have you noticed? These are angry times. Watch the news …you’re bound to see plenty to be angry about. “Anger is one of the basic human emotions, as elemental as happiness, sadness, anxiety, or disgust. These emotions are tied to basic survival and were honed over the course of human history. Of course, anger too easily or frequently mobilized can undermine relationships or damage physical health in the long term. Prolonged release of the stress hormones that accompany anger can destroy neurons…

Gut health is not sexy…. But!

I’ll admit, I rarely think of my gut unless it’s hurting. But I’ve done a little digging. I’m here to tell you that an unhealthy gut can cause all kinds of serious health problems …such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and even brain disorders. And even if you are well aware that gut health is important, here are a few things you may not know and why they matter: 1)Taking too many antibiotics can…

More Rituals = Better Health

Victoria and I do some very powerful rituals each morning. The doing of them is a huge boost for our day. How about you? Do you know about the power of rituals? “Research shows that rituals offer numerous psychological advantages such as helping us savor experiences, giving us a sense of control, and reducing anxiety.” We all have our daily routine behaviors such as brushing our teeth, taking a bath, etc. Mostly, we do our routines without much thinking. Rituals…

Contemplating death for a better life.

The other day I ran across an interesting service: “Find happiness by contemplating your mortality. Each day, we’ll send you five invitations to stop and think about death.” It’s common to think of death as something to fear, but when we fear death (or anything), we give up our power to it. We can’t help but feel stressed. A much healthier approach would be to spend some time contemplating death so that you feel more comfortable with it. After all,…

Spices for a Healthier Life

Over the years the herbs and spices Victoria and I use to bring out the most flavor in our food …have evolved. Today we are choosing not just for flavor but for the health benefits as well. From the National Library of Medicine:“Spices not only enhance the flavor, aroma, and color of food and beverages, but they can also protect from acute and chronic diseases. There is now ample evidence that spices and herbs possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumorigenic, anticarcinogenic, and…

We all Deserve the Perfect Partner

We all want one person in our daily life who showers us with love and adores us unconditionally. Someone we trust without doubt. That’s the perfect partner. Together we can share the best that life has to offer. Yet so few of us ever experience or can sustain this kind of relationship. Look around, do you know of any couples who act like they just can’t get enough of each other? The main reason that so many fail to have…