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My Business Model Totally Sucks!

OK. I’m a little slow sometimes, but I am starting to understand. My business model is totally wrong. I have completely missed the point of being in the counseling business. And here is the problem – My clients get “well” too quickly. It seems that most counselors see clients for 30-40 minutes, and then stop … Continue reading

Discover the New and Improved You! – Part One

Have you ever considered the word New? Advertisers tell us it is one of the most important words in our language. Put the word New on a product package and sales improve. And if you use New and Improved, watch out! Unfortunately, the word new is used to deceive just as often as it is … Continue reading

Taking Charge of Your Well-Being: Making the Little Things Count

There is an old joke that has always been a favorite of mine. Q. Why do kindergarten teachers enjoy their work? A. Because they make the little things count. Almost everyone I know wants to do something about improving their level of health and wellness. But most people are not doing much about it, and … Continue reading

Change for the Health of It: The Story of a Ham

Hopefully the realization that behavior patterns are learned is good news, because anything that can be learned can be unlearned, or changed. Of course, it does require a desire to change, and that requires an understanding of some reason why change is desirable. Since we have learned that our current major health concerns are Lifestyle, … Continue reading

Change for the Health of It: Breaking Up is Hard to do

“Change is such hard work.”  Billy Crystal There is an old saying, “If you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always gotten.” This is especially true in regard to our level of health and wellness. If we continue to do what we have always done … Continue reading

My Top 10 Posts from 2012

Just a quick share of My Top 10 Posts from 2012, chosen based on the number of people who have clicked on the links for these blog posts. They are listed in order starting with the most read posting and going down. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has read and supported my efforts for the blog. Blessings to you for … Continue reading

Disease: Everybody’s Got It — Nobody Wants It! – Part 4

We live in a society where the norm is to have 50 or more stress episodes daily, while each of us lives in a body designed to handle three or four stress episodes per week (read this sentence again). Some who read this are thinking, “I don’t have even close to 50 stress episodes a … Continue reading

Disease: Everybody’s Got It — Nobody Wants It! – Part 3

Consider the word “disease.” Most of us have a very good sense of our own personal experiences with disease, but truly, most of us do not appreciate this word in its fullest. Consider the word again, but look at it in two distinct parts — “dis” – “ease” — literally to be in a condition … Continue reading

Disease: Everybody’s Got It — Nobody Wants It! – Part 2

Behavioral Medicine is the science and art of learning how to influence the state of health by practicing healthful behaviors as opposed to unhealthy ones. But even more than that, research continues to show that practicing healthful behavior has positive influences in the fight against contagious disease as well as lifestyle disease. The major modifiable … Continue reading

Disease: Everybody’s Got It — Nobody Wants It! – Part 1

Disease is a dynamic process that takes place within the human experience. Our bodies are in a constant struggle to maintain optimal functioning so as to minimize our experiences with disease. The last century has seen more progress in dealing with some of history’s most deadly afflictions, epidemics, and conditions than in any previous period … Continue reading

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June 2023


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