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People and Arms, Rights and Reason

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Scientists at the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC just published a research letter in JAMA, reporting on a comparison of life expecta...

The Myth of a 'Good Death'

Judith Johnson | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Looking at the pain and suffering of living and dying within this context suggests that a "good death" for example might not be the one that looks peaceful and isn't messy, but rather the one that accomplishes what that soul needed to have happen to complete its work in this lifetime.

6 Tips for Fun and Success: Notes From the Real World

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 02.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Adam Sulkowski

I'm proud to call Greg my former student. At a recent meet-up we realized that, whatever we do, six maxims exist for generating and enjoying good outc...

Finding Inspiration Through Grief

James Stoddah | Posted 01.31.2016 | Arts
James Stoddah

Celebrity culture has grown in recent decades and this is to be expected, as time will claim our heroes and influencers with greater frequency. It's creating a new paradigm in our journey towards accepting our own mortality.

What Dreams May Come

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Last year, USA Today, took a survey on spirituality. They asked whether or not people believed in an afterlife. "Of those surveyed, 55 percent said ...

Even If You Lose The Weight, Obesity May Still Impact Your Health

LiveScience.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Agata Blaszczak Boxe Published: 01/06/2016 02:21 AM EST on LiveScience People who have been overweight or obese at any time during their lives ma...

Finding Joy Through Mortality

Leisa Peterson | Posted 12.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leisa Peterson

How to Find Inner Joy Through Instant Gratification (Yes, I'm Serious) They say that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. Our mo...

Happiness Won't Help You Live Longer, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.10.2015 | Fifty

It's said that laughter is the best medicine, but don't expect it to be the fountain of youth, a new study says. Researchers from a large British stud...

How San Bernardino Is Changing Americans' Views Of Mortality

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion

A few days ago, while driving to a movie near his Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood, Patrick O’Malley suddenly feared for his life. “This c...

The Meaning of Life and Death (in Politics)

Uriel Abulof | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

Irrational! How else can we explain the conducts of Putin, Netanyahu, Maduro, Jammeh, Kim Jong-un, Tsipras and ISIS? But to understand both the lure of "irrational" leaders and ideologies and the troubles of western liberalism, we must grasp people's subjective rationales.

The Intimacy of Death

Erin Coriell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Coriell

One's day-to-day experience of life no longer relies solely on the mind, but of the senses too. As fleeting as life is, this present moment living, generated by the awareness of death, renders great stillness. In these moments, life and death have no separation.

Making Flight

Matthew A. Strimaitis | Posted 11.06.2015 | College
Matthew A. Strimaitis

Blessed be mechanical wings Mixed in with mortal maintenance The sky bends down and bows beneath: Our angel is a hybrid

Things That Will Definitely Die. Just Throwing It Out There

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.05.2015 | Comedy

Everything is going to end eventually. From the lowliest one-celled organism to the Earth itself. But what, specifically, is going to die? L...

'The Intern' and Mortality

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 10.23.2015 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

One of the most difficult aspects in life's journey is that you are constantly attending the funerals of friends and family. Sometimes, you're even mourning your own children -- which is one of the most painful losses.

5 Reasons to Get Comfortable With Death

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Death is not nearly as frightening or sad as you may have heard, but you'll have to trust me on that until you get to know Death more intimately for yourself. I encourage you to strike up a friendship of your own, perhaps by volunteering at a hospice or nursing home. If you're not sure this is a good idea, here are five reasons to get comfortable with Death:

The New Science of Stress: What You Need to Know

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

It's time for us to start having a more balanced conversation about stress. While chronic stress exists and isn't good for our mental or physical health, there is so much more to the stress story than "stress is bad."

The Pounding Heartbeat of Oliver Sacks

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 09.01.2015 | Good News
Jimmy Dunne

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings and The Mind's Eye may have been chock-full of medical facts, but they were just snapshots of Oliver Sacks' heart -- all poetic studies of human suffering and what gives life meaning.

The Smart, Scary Thing About Dummies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
David Katz, M.D.

Those dummies may be hard to abide because they confront us with ourselves. Some of us may prefer to avert our eyes because of what lies within. The dummies are too much like us. Like us, they are but a gesture apart from the darkness.

A Doctor Examines Mortality, Asks How He Can Help His Patients

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth A. Havey

And that is what Gawande emphasizes in this book: choice. The cases he relates are all about allowing the patient to decide: should I have another surgery when death could be less than weeks away?

Two Tests to Predict How Long You Might Live

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Over the past couple of years, I have blogged about the "sit-to-rise test," a simple way to help predict how long you might live. Several people have...

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

Poem: "Advice for My Niece"

Bobby Elliott | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Bobby Elliott

Depending on the kind of soul you have, it's either a digital countdown or an hourglass we carry around inside ourselves, doing the dishes or sitting on the couch in the next room as a reward for making dinner in the first place.

Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The promise of cancer prevention is far from fully kept, and deserves much more attention. The relevant medicine resides not at the cutting edge of biomedical advance, but in our lifestyle patterns, and the priorities of our culture.

What the Dying Want You to Know About Life

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Joni Edelman

Money is an illusion. You think you need so much. In the end, you don't really need any of it. Prioritize people and experiences over possession. Your body is just a vessel for your soul. Quit looking in the mirror. Quit obsessing over your wrinkles, your ass, your dress size.

Loss Of Smell Linked To Greater Risk Of Death

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.03.2015 | Fifty

Your nose could provide clues to your longevity, a new study suggests. Published today in the Annals of Neurology, the study says your ability to i...