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Doyeon Park

Contentment Is Your Choice

Doyeon Park | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
I do not consider myself a type of person who is always looking for more to do, more to possess, more to achieve and more to desire; not believing that's how to bring "more" happiness into life. Instead, I try to be a person who is content and grateful for...
Staci Frenes

No Act of Love Is Too Small

Staci Frenes | September 4, 2015 | Religion
I was in the Santa Cruz Mountains not long ago, speaking and singing at a women's conference. We were focusing on the theme of loving others in practical ways through our gifts, and something in particular happened there that will remain imprinted in my memory.
James E. Porter

Burnout: Tips on How to Overcome the Feelings of Helplessness, Loss of Motivation and Stress at Your Job

James E. Porter | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Burnout can occur at every level of an organization from the mailroom to the boardroom.
Erin Bahadur

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Yourself

Erin Bahadur | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Learning to love and care for our bodies and our whole selves can be a daunting process. Expect some setbacks, but accept them and move towards a healthier relationship with some of these tips.
Science of Us

A Composer Hopes His Music Will Put You to Sleep

Science of Us | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
The entire point of "Sleep," a digital album composed by British musician Max Richter, is that the eight-hour piece lulls its listeners to sleep. The classical composition includes strings, a lightly-played piano, and some appropriately dreamy vocals -- more oohs and ahhs than actual lyrics.
Irene Ross

Sugar, School and Your Child's Immunity

Irene Ross | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
School's back in session and your child has gone from two months of fresh air, regular exercise, relaxation and recreation to an indoor classroom packed with new kids to meet, coughs, sneezes, intense concentration, tests, and homework.
Laura Jack

7 Critical Lessons About Emotions That Make Pixar's Inside Out a Must See for All Ages

Laura Jack | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Even now, days later, I find myself considering Riley and her emotions. I think about the end of the movie when she finally opened up to her parents about how she felt. Instead of her parents simply telling her to be happy -- what most of us are told -- they said they feel the same way.
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

Been Told Physical Symptoms Are 'All in Your Head'? Think Again

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Based on this research, I am not sure that any illness should be considered "psychosomatic" or "all in one's mind." Illness exists in the mind, body and brain. And all illness should be taken seriously.
Sezin Koehler

These Are the Rules of Trauma Club

Sezin Koehler | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Welcome to Trauma Club. The first rule of Trauma Club is you must talk about Trauma Club. The second rule of Trauma Club is you must talk about Trauma Club. Do not keep the maelstrom of emotions coursing through you inside.

9 Small Lifestyle Changes That Can Make A Big Impact on Your Health

Quora | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Some 80 percent of health problems today are caused by lifestyle. Yep, that's right, can't blame your DNA, other people or outside forces. It's all about how you go about your daily life and the choices you make. Yet, nutrition, exercise and behavior change are not commonly taught in today's medical schools.
David Katz, M.D.

Dietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for Thought

David Katz, M.D. | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
As our kids return to school, it's a perfect opportunity to reflect on the human brain doing what it does uniquely well in all the known animal kingdom: learn. At the very foundation of that remarkable Homo sapien aptitude lies the structural integrity of the brain itself, which proves to be highly dependent on a native, salutary balance of dietary fats.
James Calder

7 Ways to Avoid Death Via the Rat Race

James Calder | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
In case you haven't figured it out, the rat race is real, and it can be very dangerous to your health and soul. Whether you work for someone or own a small business and work for multiple clients, chances are you have felt...
Bret Hoekema

Cinemia: Cancer Goes to the Movies

Bret Hoekema | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Perfect viewing for any old Tuesday night. The Broken Circle Breakdown is a transcendent meditation on what it means to be alive and where we go when we die. It speaks to the cancer experience without being a cancer movie. I'm not interested in any other kind.
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Breaking Bread, Changing Lives

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
This video captures one of the first events in a movement to help combat addiction. Drugs Over Dinner is an online tool for planning community dinners that focuses on speaking openly about drugs and addiction. For us, Drugs Over Dinner is about honesty, compassion, connection and most importantly, fighting addiction. The goal of Drugs Over Dinner is to move us toward a new paradigm in which communication is the centerpiece at the table. When families and friends are able to speak in direct, authentic ways about substance use and addiction, it sets off a ripple effect that, ultimately, can change the way we think about and relate around this issue. Psychologist Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., co-founder and clinical director of the Center for Motivation and Change and co-author of the book Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, has experience with conscious communication and group psychology. Wilkens notes that inter-group events -- events that blend people from various demographics and encourage self-disclosure -- have a positive impact on social awareness. "The Drugs Over Dinner platform does an amazing job of setting the stage for just such an event," says Wilkens. "First, it brings people with current and past issues with substance use -- policy makers, family members, researchers, treatment providers, advocates and the media -- together to promote the cause. It then addresses the inter-group issue by encouraging these folks to reach out to family, friends, co-workers, strangers and people of all ages and invite them to a dinner and lively conversation. Right out of the gates, it's intimate enough for disclosure and interaction, but diverse enough to possibly instigate change within those attending." This fall, Drugs Over Dinner will partner with Facing Addiction, Inc., for UNITE to Face Addiction, a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 4. World-famous musicians, policy makers, athletes, professionals in the addiction field, families, community leaders, and many more will stand in unity to raise awareness and bring solutions to the addiction crisis. Leading up to the historic rally, individuals all over the country will be hosting Drugs Over Dinner parties in their community, to discuss with their family and friends why they are choosing to face addiction in a public and assertive way, and to ask them to join the movement in Washington. One shift we hope for is that Drugs Over Dinner will help lessen the stigma around addiction, so that more people will choose to get help -- those who are afraid to seek the support because revealing themselves would change the way others see them. Only 11 percent of the 23 million Americans suffering from substance addiction receive treatment. As Drugs Over Dinner Founder, Michael Hebb, points out, "Imagine if those were the stats for diabetes or HIV? People would mobilize immediately to change them. With addiction, we perceive that the addict is at fault. This perception needs to change and, when it does, those dehumanizing statistics will change as well, and those who struggle with addiction will get the treatment they need." But there's another reason why the Drugs Over Dinner project is so close to our hearts: Because it sets the stage for a real exchange of information and experience with our young people. We know that avoiding the issue doesn't work. Counseling abstinence without a commitment to honest discussion doesn't work. Currently, our society is producing substance users at an increasingly rapid rate, and kids are using drugs earlier and earlier. To slow that trend, we need to look at the underlying causes of substance use disorder among adolescents -- isolation and loneliness, trauma, confusion around identity and sexuality, genetics, low self-esteem, and academic and parental pressure. Communication breaks the cycle of silence and shame that leads to self-medication and addiction. That's why it's so important that Drugs Over Dinner "gives everyone access to open, self-reflective, compassionate conversation about addiction and drugs," Hebb says. "We want parents and kids to have access to the best information and the most thoughtful conversational prompts and guidance." Sustainable healing -- for our society, for our young people and for those of all ages who suffer from addiction -- starts with small steps. It starts with four, or six, or eight people around a table. It starts with making connections, face to face. It starts with speaking our truth, and knowing that truth has been received with open minds and open hearts. Who knows where it could end? --- Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National...
Brent Miller

Sex, Lies and Labor Day Celebrations

Brent Miller | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Like many, my path has consisted of a multitude of twists and turns, and ups and downs. In fact, who's hasn't? But as I recognize the totality of where I've come from, and how far I still have to go, I accept and respect the insane amount of personal work involved.
Molly Erdman

I Lost All My Hair During Pregnancy

Molly Erdman | September 4, 2015 | Parents
I spent at least an hour every day searching online for what could be causing this. There were countless stories of women losing a lot of hair after having their babies, but nothing about losing it during pregnancy. Not even in Yahoo! Answers, for crap's sake.
Molly Polden

10 Things NOT To Do To Someone In A Wheelchair

Molly Polden | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
1. Bend down to talk to me. Just an FYI I'm not a child, there's no need to crouch down and talk to me like I am one like the gentleman below... 2. Talk to the person I'm with instead of me. Just because I'm in a wheelchair doesn't mean that I can't hold a regular conversation.
Naomi Teeter

If I Started My Weight Loss Journey Over Again, Here's What I Would Do Differently

Naomi Teeter | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
Don't get my wrong, I did a lot of stuff right on my weight loss journey. But in hindsight, there are a handful of things I would have changed to make my weight loss experience more pleasurable and less rigid.
Joe DeProspero

The Struggle and Surprising Upside of Parenting While Depressed

Joe DeProspero | September 4, 2015 | Healthy Living
People with loving families, millionaires with houses on each continent, nobody was immune to the all-consuming soul-suck known as depression. Having my own children taught me this, but I never could have imagined that it would simultaneously hold me back and push me forward.
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D.

How Naked Yoga Enlightened Me

Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. | September 4, 2015 | Fifty
One question haunted me for days leading up to my first nude yoga class. At work, as I ran errands, and as I fell asleep at night, this one absolutely crucial question bounced endlessly around inside my head: Do I put my yoga mat at the front of the class, or at the back of the class?
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