Building Family Rituals

For more help with Key #4, Sharing Time Together… When you ask adults about positive experiences from their childhood, it is no surprise that many of their answers involve favorite family traditions. One of my fond memories growing up (which will surely date me) is Sunday night dinners, the only night we were allowed to […]

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Creating Healthy Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not a single act, but a habit.”   -Aristotle I chose this quote to ponder because I want to spend some time thinking about what I repeatedly do and hope you will too. I suggest generating a list for a few days of repeated behaviors and, […]

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Exercise as an Anti-Depressant

Have you ever been close to someone who suffers from depression?  What you may or may not know is that while antidepressants can be life saving for some, they can be only partially effective and sometimes ineffective for others. Doctors respond initially by trying patients on other kinds of antidepressants but when that fails, they […]

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Adapting to Change and Building Resiliency

If you need more help with Key #3, Adapting to Change… Given that change is an inevitable part of life, it makes sense that all of us figure out how to increase our capacity to rebound or spring back from change and loss, a concept now called resiliency by social science researchers. Although some aspects […]

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Embracing Change

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom”.     – Confucius What I plan to ponder this week is the gift that comes with change. Sometimes it is easy to see the gift right away- like when you get lost on a hike but discover a meadow you never knew […]

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Marriage is Good For Your Health

A new study from the University of Rochester was just released that shows the benefits of happy marriages for the health of both men and women. This study is relevant because it sheds new light on past studies that have shown that married men live longer but that marriage did not benefit women in the same way. […]

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