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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

Try These – I Dare You!

If you knew something that was easy and simple to do that would make a measurable, dramatic improvement in your health, why would you not do it? In my previous posting I actually dared you to do something that would make you feel better and improve your health. It was very simple and easy to … 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

The Holiday Shopping – Are You Finished?

Because there is more than a week until Christmas, for most of us, there is still time to do holiday shopping. Here are a couple of stress-reducing suggestions to help you reduce the stress of fighting last-minute crowds. Try to shop during the weekdays, avoiding weekends. If your health and job permit, take a weekday … Continue reading

Achieving Inner Peace: It’s More Than Just Chocolate Cake

Not too long ago, a cute story came to my attention by way of an e-mail friend. The e-mail was entitled, “Inner Peace.” The short story simply said, “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of chips … Continue reading

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June 2023


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