7 Ways to Boost Your Attitude of Gratitude

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy ‘Tis the season to be grateful. After all, the dictionary defines the word Thanksgiving as “the expression of gratitude.” Gratitude refers to feeling thankfulness and appreciation for people, […]

Yes, You Can: 10 Ways to Build Inner Strength

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“Boom-boom! Pow! Can you feel that? Boom-boom! Pow!” There are days when these lyrics remind me more of the overwhelming stress that can hit us from all sides like bombs exploding once-stable air. Like when you find out you have lost your job with no option in sight “Boom!” your spouse leaves because that he/she […]

Celebrating Mother’s Day as a Stepmom

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It’s a new generation, and blended families are the new norm. This realization struck me yesterday, when my stepdaughter, a third-grader, relayed the details of her day at school. Preparing for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebration, her teacher passed out construction paper, scissors and crayons, instructing the children to create an invitation for their mothers […]

Practice Being Fearless

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On Jan. 15, 2009, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 out of New York encountered a flock of birds 90 seconds after takeoff. Pilot C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger had no time to take evasive action. Soon the plane rocked, and Sully could hear loud thuds as the birds were being sucked into the engines. And then there was […]

The Best New Ways To Avoid The Cold And Flu

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You knew it was coming: Flu season’s back, and there’s no telling how mild or wild it will be (remember swine flu?). “The severity of each season is unpredictable,” confirms Karen K. Wong, MD, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Same goes for ye olde common cold, […]

Beautiful Video: Meet the Man & Dog Behind Viral Photo

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Via the photographer, on Facebook: This 19 year old Shoep being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is […]

Soul-Talk: Are You Suffering Unnecessarily?

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Suffering seems to be evermore commonplace these days — we see it in those impacted by the economy, in the virtually-daily tally of tragedy, and in everyday personal and interpersonal upset. The sad thing about suffering is that those of us who do suffer, and I have certainly done my share, seem to be the […]

Animal Photos & News of the Week!

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This was certainly a good week for dog news. Friday was World Puppy Day, an event celebrating the magic of puppies and raising awareness for orphaned and abused dogs around the world. In honor of National Puppy Day, check out these video of babies playing with puppies. HuffPost women also offered up 11 breeds of […]

Sleep Helps Protect Your Brain

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I love the way I feel after a good night’s sleep. My body is rested; my mind feels clear and alert; and I am happy to just linger in bed and relax. Of course, this delightful state is eventually interrupted by an alarm going off or the dog barking for me to feed him. But […]

Eating Disorders: When Is it Time to Seek Help?

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By: Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS My hope is that my posts to date have emphasized at least two things about eating disorders: They’re complex mental illnesses with biological, psychological and social implications for an individual’s health and wellness; and because of this complexity, they tend to be the deadliest mental illnesses. Taken together, […]