Category Archives: Mind

Is Happiness the New Rich? Our New Measurements of Joy

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I came across a wonderful quote from the online newsletter, Elephant Journal. Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool. Around the same time, I reconnected with Kaia Roman. I quoted her in a previous article about mindfulness for kids at school….

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don’t have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful, and genuinely useful. I like my friend Melissa Schmallenberger’s advice for gifts: Get something consumable or go with an experience. I’ve got several suggestions for you. For…

Why Taking a “Screencation” is Better Than a Vacation.

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Researchers say that most Americans spend 70% of their waking hours staring at some sort of digital screen. (I’ve seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90%.) First thing in the morning, all day long at the office, waiting in line at the grocery store, even in the bathroom stall, (come on, admit…

SUPERCHARGE YOUR BRAIN: 3 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Focus and Concentration

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Researchers have found that the average person’s attention was 12 seconds in 2000, but it’s just 8 seconds today. The average goldfish: 9 seconds. Wow. Human beings are officially less focused than those tiny fish you carry home in a plastic bag from the carnival. I don’t need to convince you that our world is…

The power of noticing.

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There’s a viral video that was circulating around the Internet in the past few months. You may have seen it, or you’ve probably seen your friends talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about it. It’s a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end.    Put out by supporters of the…

10 highly motivating reasons to drink more water.

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Drinking more water.    It’s one of the simplest, cheapest, and most immediate ways to upgrade your physical appearance and overall health. Yet, millions of people walk around in a state of near-constant dehydration. I see it manifest in my patients as dry, flaky skin; chapped lips and nosebleeds. Whether it’s due to plain old…

Hair growth vitamins, oils, meds and treatments—do any of them really work?

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Recently, a friend showed me a website for a popular brand of vitamins that, supposedly, help your hair to grow, grow, grow. Just about everyone wants thick, shiny  hair. It’s considered a marker of beauty, virility/fertility, and attractiveness in our culture. “What’s the deal with these?” she wanted to know. “Do they work?” It’s a good question!…

Setting a big goal? You might want to keep your lips zipped

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‘Tis the season for resolutions, intentions and goals for the coming year. Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with goal-setting, maybe because we so often disappoint ourselves. Common sense suggests that when you’ve got a big goal, like committing to a new workout routine, eating better, losing weight, or perhaps writing a book or…

10 ways to fall asleep fast

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It’s 2:48am. You’re completely awake, tossing and turning, wishing you could slip into slumber because your alarm clock is scheduled to go off in just a few hours. You’ve got an immensely busy day tomorrow, and you can’t afford to be sleep-deprived. But for whatever reason, you just can’t fall asleep…   We’ve all been…

What is “clean eating” and should you bother trying it?

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During the holiday season, food is a major part of the celebration. Sometimes it becomes a guilty pleasure and we might wonder how to counter that inherent guilt. We might even start to think about our next diet. When it comes to food and nutrition, there’s always a trendy “buzzword” diet of the moment. In…