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Samantha Boardman

A Blueprint for Cultivating Gratitude

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Is there a secret recipe for writing a good letter? I don't think so. There are many creative ways to express gratitude. This is the blueprint I use:

How to Avoid Those Awkward Moments Around the Dinner Table

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Seating arrangements affect persuasion by activating fundamental needs: Circular seating highlights the need to belong, whereas angular arrangements prime the desire to be unique.

Can You Teach Yourself to Be More Optimistic?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Take 20 minutes and envision yourself in the future. Imagine yourself as the best possible you. Now write it down.

Stuck in a Rut? 5 Ways to Dig Yourself Out

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

"I am who I am," they tell me. "Not so fast," I reply. There are a number of ways to get unstuck and they don't require radical change. They simply require you to open your mind.

Do Carbs Make You Sad?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

We all know that a diet full of white bread and pasta is bad for our waistline. A new study shows that white bread could be even worse than we thought.

The Motivational Secret Nobody Ever Talks About

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Of course there is a great deal of overlap between external and internal motivation. A best-selling author might be passionate about writing and also enjoy the fame and fortune that accompanies his success. Problems arise when external motivation eclipses internal motivation.

Channel Your Inner Kindergartner: 5 Reasons Coloring Isn't Just for Kids

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Rediscovering the joy of coloring is not only fun, experts say it is also good for us.

Survival of the Prettiest: Looks Really Can Kill

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Forget the debates. Why do people often prefer one candidate over another? It all depends on how they look. Research shows that without even realizin...

7 Tips to Survive the End-of-Summer Blues

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Even for people who don't have kids, the "back to school" mindset can awaken anxieties of long ago about returning to school. The change in temperature and light also play a role. Days are undeniably getting cooler and shorter and for those sensitive to light, this can contribute to the end of summer blues. The good news is that there is a remedy:

Morning Routines for Productive People

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

How we spend our mornings sets the tone for the rest of the day. A calm and productive morning is very different from a frantic one. What can you do to make your mornings more productive and less hectic?

Science Says You Shouldn't Bail On Your Plans Tonight

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 07.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Bottom line: If you want longevity and good health, it takes a village filled with good people. Best of all, this is a great excuse to drag your husband or partner to another dinner party.

Stop This Habit Today

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Begin your day with an intellectual mise-en-scene. Plan ahead. Prioritize your list. Above all, put your smartphone away when you are with the people you love. They are your priority, not other people's Instagram feeds.

Do You Really Know Yourself?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Boardman MD

Benjamin Franklin said, "There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." Self-knowledge is a tricky business indeed ...

Slimmer by Design

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Requiring fast food restaurants like McDonald's to post calorie counts on menus sounds like a great way to educate consumers and help them make better...

The Pygmalion Effect: Do Expectations Shape Reality?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Expectations shape behavior in powerful ways. Help others reveal the greatest version of themselves by believing in their potential.

How to Survive a Boring Dinner Partner

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Imagine yourself at a dinner "stuck" next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. "How can this person be so boring?" y...

The Fountain of Youth

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

If you care about aging well, Dan Buettner is your man. For more than a decade, Buettner has been traveling the world in search of the world's longevi...

Does Art Matter?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Samantha Boardman MD

The intellectual, social, emotional, and empathetic value of a piece of art may be hard to measure but are undeniable. A recent study found that students who visited an art museum demonstrated greater knowledge, critical thinking and empathy than those who didn't.

How Losing Helps You Win

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

One strategy to overcome the Trophy Industrial Complex is to encourage healthy competition. This is not an oxymoron. Competition can bring out the best in both children and adults.

Learning Resilience From a Master

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Matisse embodies what people refer to today as resilience. With passion and perseverance, he navigated his way through this challenging period and found beauty in the darkness.

12 Secrets to Avoid Santa's Waistline

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The average American gains between 4 and 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a scary statistic. Parties, family gatherings, stress, alcohol and fatigue are all to blame. The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. Here are a few tips for keeping slim this holiday season:

Forget Willpower: A Smarter Strategy to Resist Temptation

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The thing is, it takes a great deal of energy and effort to combat "hot" emotional impulses with cognitive cool thinking. Plus, suppressing emotions is stressful and takes a toll physically and emotionally.

6 Lessons Great White Sharks Can Teach Us About Life

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

A vigilant focus when swimming with sharks is essential for survival. Paying attention to what matters in life is essential too -- part of this is recognizing that first impressions aren't always correct.

Modern Manners

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Being mindful of our surroundings and appreciating the beauty around us, cleaning up our messes and someone else's are ways to show our respect for the world we live in.

The Art and Science of Flirting

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Truly listening involves hearing what the person is saying and also paying attention to their non-verbal communication. Respond by paraphrasing and reflecting on the conversation to move it forward -- it shows them you genuinely care about what they have to say.