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40 Percent of American Workers Will Leave Paid Vacation Days Unused

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Arianna Huffington

An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).

I'm Coming Out of the (Water) Closet

Zlata Faerman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Zlata Faerman

Learning to read ingredient labels is going to be the biggest challenge in the beginning. Read: Eat natural, whole foods that are low FODMAP and stay away from processed foods, dressings and marinades and certain snacks.

Stuck at Your Desk All Day? You Can Still Fit in Some Yoga!

Lauren Coles | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Coles

If you have your own private office, or access to a private space in the office, try lying on your back on the ground with your legs up the wall. Doing this pose saved me in times of stress during my career as a public school teacher.

Why We Should Be Concerned About Truck Drivers' Health

Shaan Gandhi | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Shaan Gandhi

Driver fatigue should be part of a larger concern with driver health, as lack of energy and burnout could be symptoms of a larger issue with health and wellness and poor health promotion.

Decades-old Tools No Match for Today's Drug-resistant TB

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Humanity has lived with, and died from, tuberculosis since recorded history began. The last century brought the hope of ending that tragedy, but success has remained elusive. It's time to make it a reality.

Why You Should Stop Feeling Guilty About 'Me Time'

Lorna Borenstein | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorna Borenstein

You won't always have time for a 90-minute yoga session so remember that wellness comes in different shapes and sizes. You can do something as simple as reading an entertaining blog for 10 minutes or finding a healthy recipe to try this weekend.

3 Simple Meditations to Help You Thrive

Lauren Eckstrom | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Eckstrom

The key to meditation is not quantity but consistency. Rather than picking a specific time to meditate daily, add meditation to your regular routine. And at the end of each meditation, take a moment to say thank you to yourself for taking time to get still today.

5 Steps To Set Yourself Up For Better Sleep

Linden Schaffer | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Linden Schaffer

Sure, you know you should be sleeping more hours. That's an easy one. But have you ever stopped to consider that maybe the six hours of sleep you are getting aren't necessarily restful?

Healthy Family, Healthy You

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Remember: The whole point of getting well is enjoying our time on this planet, and harmonious relationships are key to our overall health. When we nourish our family relationships, we ultimately nourish ourselves.

End the War on Disease

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Through my work with thousands of patients over the years, I have discovered that illness can serve as a catalyst for a new and improved life, if the situation is approached mindfully. Someone with heart disease, for example, can use the illness as an opportunity to get into and enjoy moving her body.

Restoring the Heart and Art of Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."

For Optimal Health, Savor Your Life

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 07.16.2014 | Fifty
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our fast-paced world, we are used to looking for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these "solutions" in fact may contribute to our problems.

Find Energy By Being Yourself

Terren Nicole | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Terren Nicole

Once I started healing on a spiritual level, my energy came back. I changed jobs. I moved. I got back into the yoga studio. I allowed myself to be in a relationship with someone who loved and supported me.

Big Business Finally Learns That Wellness Is Good Business

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Arianna Huffington

2014 has been the year when the discussion of well-being has migrated from health and wellness magazines to business magazines. Wellness, and how to integrate it into our work lives, has become the hottest topic in the business pages. And that should come as no surprise. Because, though it would be nice if this change were simply because of altruism, what's happening is that big business is finally realizing that the health of their employees and the health of their bottom line are inseparable. In other words, big business has learned that wellness is good business, even in the boiler room of burnout -- Wall Street and the financial sector.

What Am I Learning Here?

Sister Jenna | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

Much of life is constantly allowing feedback to emerge so we can either confirm that we are on the right track or shift tracks to align a perfect balance of existence.

5 Reasons We Keep Doing Something That Results in Failure

Lorie Eber | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorie Eber

It's time to realize that no diet is ever going to work in the long run. The only answer is to learn how to slowly change those habits. Habit change is a slow process, but the only way to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight for the rest of your life.

Everything Your Gluten-Free Friend Wishes You Knew

Celia Kaye | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

No one would ever say "just try one cashew" to someone with a severe nut allergy, so why do they say "just take one bite" to people with wheat allergies?

It's Time to Retire This Nauseating Pickup Line

Alena Hall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Alena Hall

Apparently my resulting facial expression doesn't fully expose how I really feel about these advances, so let me lay it out with words, boys: You're not being cute. You're not being funny or clever. In fact you're mildly nauseating.

The Upside of 'Island Time' (And Six Other Wellness Lessons From My Tropical Travels)

Alena Hall | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Alena Hall

As impossible as it may feel to slow down and live by "island time" back home in my hectic, New York City life, sometimes it's a lesson I took from my roots that carries immeasurable value when it comes to leading a balanced, fulfilling life.

To End America's Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bring It Out of the Shadows

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Just 25 years ago, scientists identified the previously unknown virus that has since killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. It now threatens the health of millions more.

Think Summer Hours Are Enough to Make People Happy?

Christine Fruechte | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Christine Fruechte

While you may think giving your staff a couple of extra hours of free time a week is feeding their souls, you're wrong. Time off is always welcomed, but employee happiness and productivity are driven by much more than free afternoons.

7 Summer Health Mistakes

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer Summer activities can feel like extreme sports--even if you're just driving...

The Importance of Staying Fit and Healthy, Thriving and Finding Balance at Age 50.

Mark and Debbie Abbott | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Mark and Debbie Abbott

So make the decision, like us, that remembering to take care of ourselves along the way will ensure we're able to live out our lives with the health and well-being to pursue anything and everything that interests us. Choose to thrive.

A Luminary Leaves a Legacy of Song

Sister Jenna | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

Maya Angelou offered us a portal to see our lives in the form of real-time poetry. She gave birth to breaking through the cage and having the courage to talk about it. She reminds us that every day is a good day, because we never know what truths will emerge when faced with challenges.

Powerful Photos Prove These Fighters, Caregivers And Advocates Refuse To Let Cancer Bring Them Down

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact

As activist Terry Tempest Williams once wrote, "An individual doesn’t get cancer, a family does." If anything transforms that statement into a reali...