I was not going to die. But I had lost myself in the small space, I was sorry for myself. I wanted a long string of better days. Most of the other people there just wanted more days. Just... days.
Developing optimism and resiliency isn't about feigning a facsimile of terminal perkiness and blind optimism. It's quite the opposite. It's having the courage to see and meet life exactly as it is. It's all about choosing to learn how to respond to each adversity with confidence, hope and renewed vigor.
Work place flexibility helps all employees, so it's little surprise that women with MS say it's important as well. Women with MS need more help in the workplace -- and flexibility is an easy place to start.
So... in honor of YOU, here are 50 cool quotes on possibility. You don't have to like them all. One will do just fine. But when you find the ONE that really moves you, let it sink in. Contemplate it. Feel it. Then take your next step.
In this case, our home seller was experiencing the negative side of the Ikea Effect, but there are a few positive ones you should know about because they can, in fact, save you a lot of money (or even make you a lot) and add an extra layer of happiness to your life.
Besides learning that Fiats do not in fact come standard with a spare tire, my solo travels taught me quite a few other things. Here are some of the most memorable lessons I learned over the course of my travels:
So I began to meditate again. Quietly, without telling anyone in particular. In the winter morning dark, I come downstairs. I settle myself in the living room chair. And there, I breathe. In. Out. Watching the breath, turning my focus inward. Two? Three? Ten minutes? Each day is different. I try not to judge, to forgive myself on the mornings when it's hard to quiet my mind.
After many years of neglecting sleep's importance in our lives, we've entered a golden age of sleep studies. Christian Benedict, a neuroscientist at Uppsala University in Sweden, is helping lead this scientific movement, with a particular emphasis on how sleep is connected to performance in school.
She is both crushingly disabled by autism and absolutely, emphatically her own self. She is a gift, that much is true. But her autism, like my missing fingers or my damaged DNA, is not.
Conventional wisdom says that things like pizza, fried chicken, ice cream, and cake, are nutritionally vile and calorically offensive. Perhaps. But one thing I've learned about myself: I can't eat solely for nutrition all the time, just as I can no longer eat solely for pleasure as I once did.
Maybe you can't find a way around your long work day or an extra busy schedule, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo healthy eating entirely.
Over the years, I have found some surefire tricks, shortcuts and general guidelines that make staying on track much easier to do.
We applaud the authors of the JAMA commentary, the NYT's op-ed, and the subsequent NYT's letters to the editor for bringing the issue of inadequate comprehensive psychiatric mental health care to the forefront and proposing an alternative.
Upon the electronic distribution of a picture of nothing more than a dress, we saw the birth of the stalwart White-and-golders and the die-hard Black-and-bluers. This dress is a nice example of how what you see isn't necessarily what you perceive.
The FDA's approval of the marketing of genetics-testing company 23andMe's carrier test for Bloom syndrome affirmed the rights of consumers to drive their own healthcare decisions and procedures. But it also means that it has become urgent to develop policies to regulate the rights of companies to resell data derived from the contents of our DNA and from our medical records.
I sat up and as much as I could, gathered the heart monitor's leeds to the side, and brought Aura's body sort of close to mine. I pressed her ear against my chest. We were speechless, so she might as well just listen to my heart, and I might as well just breathe.
We can take milk, or leave it. Take milk fat, or leave that. Either way, we can have a good diet of wholesome foods in sensible combinations -- or not. But either way, we need to take seriously the reverberations of our dietary choices across the landscape of a shrinking planet, and the legacy of kindness or cruelty by which history will be invited to judge us.
For this workout, all you need is a ball. It's called a stability ball and it can work every muscle group in your body without the help of any weights.
Months after my father died, I found myself in New York City, wandering through the Museum of Modern Art, a place I love. On the third floor, in an exhibit featuring the work of Gauguin, I felt his presence strongly.