Giggle Your Way to Health

The healthiest response to life is joy. ~Deepak Chopra   Can we giggle our way to health?  Laughter might just be the best medicine. It's not just a saying—there's genuine science behind it. When we laugh, we activate our immune system and release tension. In fact, a hearty laugh triggers a physiological response called eustress, fostering positive emotions and well-being. Norman Cousins'...

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Are Americans Struggling More with Obesity?

  Begin with the End in Mind. ~Stephen Covey     Are Americans Struggling More with Obesity?   Statistics show Americans are increasingly struggling with obesity. A 2010 article from the Associated Press reported that nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population was overweight, predicting that by 2020, 75 percent of Americans would be overweight. We are now well past that...

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How’s Your Intuition Working For You?

It is impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows. ~Epictetus   Did you ever get that gut feeling about something and ignore it, only to learn it was a warning or an important direction? If so, you are not alone. We all have this internal hunch about things. This nudge is your intuition. Intuition is a deep understanding or insight about something, often without conscious...

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Are You Chasing Yet Another Diet?

Do or do not, there is no try. ~Yoda Are You Chasing Yet Another Diet? If you find yourself on yet another diet, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself what’s really going on. What’s the obsession about? Is it the food, the weight, getting on yet another diet? Are you spiritually empty? Get specific. What is this obsession with food all about? Could it be you’re on yet another diet because you are...

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 Can ChatGPT Be Your Therapist?

Know Thyself Socrates    Can ChatGPT Be Your Therapist? Exploring AI in Mental Health. Imagine a therapist at your beck and call 24/7. Is it possible ChatGPT can be your mental health therapist? Artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to revolutionize psychology and psychotherapy, from how practitioners analyze data to how they deliver interventions and interact with patients. This...

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The Power of Quiet: How an Introvert Thrives

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble, Helen Keller   I am an introvert. There, I said it. Introverts often get a bad rap, but it's not exactly what most people imagine. They picture someone hiding from all people in a dingy, dusty room, unkempt and depressed as all heck. No! That's not what an...

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Is Age Just Another Number?

Do not let what you cannot do Interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden   At the time of writing this blog I rang in another birthday. Celebrating another year on this beautiful journey we call life is a remarkable privilege, and as we step into the later chapters of our story, there's an exciting opportunity to embrace aging gracefully. It's a bit like a fine wine, getting better with...

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How are you at Coping?

Our main business is not to see what dimly lies at a distance,but to do what lies clearly at hand.~Thomas Carlyle As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many are feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety. The anticipation of a long weekend can bring about stress, especially when planning gatherings and activities. It's crucial to focus on what we can do in the present moment to make the most of this...

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How to Feel Good to Look Good!

    We don’t stop playing because we grow old, We grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw   As I was pedaling along the Atlantic Ocean, fully immersed in a captivating podcast, an advertisement momentarily interrupted my tranquil ride. “You have to feel good to look good and you have to look good to feel good,” the voice proclaimed. My initial reaction? A resounding “Yikes!”...

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How Do You Overcome the Fear of Sharing Your Story?

The personal life deeply livedalways expands into truths beyond itself.Anais Nin I believe everyone has a story to tell. I also believe those personal stories can literally change the course of not only their life but also the life of others. I hear heart wrenching and motivating stories in my work as a clinical psychotherapist/addiction psychologist. I also hear,  I wish I could tell this...

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