#GratitudeChallenge: From Trivial to Transformational

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Read and share this on Huffington Post's Healthy Living page HERE. My Facebook feed this summer included a steady stream of lists from friends who accepted one of the numerous gratitude challenges circulating social media spheres. I read their posts with curious interest, but I secretly hoped I wouldn’t be asked to take on the challenge, too! Sharing gratitude in an open forum can sometimes come off as trite. Besides, people seem to be popping gratitude like it’s the latest wonder drug. A Continue Reading

Empathy’s Vital Connection to Your Health

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Scrolling through my Facebook feed I see a mix of posts ranging from the celebratory (weddings, milestones with children, anniversaries, etc.) to the more melancholic posts reaching out for empathy and compassion from the friend group. Here's a sampling: a friend receives an outpouring of heartfelt messages after her husband's passing; another friend is applauded on her personal transformation and encouraged to keep up her new healthy lifestyle; another receives encouragement in her job Continue Reading

Why You Need to Get to Know Your Neighbor

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Today's guest blog is written by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey: “Having good neighbors and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual’s heart attack risk,” according to a research team at the University of Michigan. An Agence France Presse (AFP) report explained that participants in that study were asked to rate their neighborhood on a scale of one to seven. For every point they gave their neighborhood, they had a reduced heart attack risk over the Continue Reading

5 Rock Solid Ways to Master Fear

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Read this on Huffington Post's Healthy Living page. Ebola, ISIS, midterm elections, climate change, drought, unemployment. The headlines of the day provide plenty of fodder for fearful reactions. "We Have Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself" was the topic of Tom Ashbrook's recent On Point NPR program, echoing FDR's famous words, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Given the news of the day, I was intrigued by the topic and listened to the replay online. Ashbrook interviewed Continue Reading

Your Health is not a Chess Match

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  Does it ever feel as though some chronic condition or dire diagnosis has you in check mate? Well, not so fast. You do have a say in the outcome. Dr. David Katz, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, says we've known enough—for decades—how to prevent 80% of all chronic disease and premature death (through diet, exercise, etc.). Katz's new campaign is that we should use what we already know, and that those health care providers who are searching for new Continue Reading

My Healing Journey Out of Migraines

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This blog was originally published on RewireMe.com. You can read and share it HERE . Anyone who has suffered from chronic migraines knows the feeling of not being able to think, just wanting to sleep and turn off the pain. For me, the headaches started in high school and continued into my early married years. They were sporadic but intense. I couldn’t tolerate light or noise. Sometimes I missed school and work. But they were always over in the morning, like a nightmare that passes but Continue Reading

Make Room for the Sacred

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By guest blogger Kim Shippey: Houston journalist Kate Murphy recently remarked that people’s biggest complaint is that they are overscheduled, overcommitted, and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are, and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy,” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore (The New York Times, July 27, 2014). Roughly translated: people are stressed out. Since stress accounts for many doctor visits, we'd do well to find quiet moments for Continue Reading

“Harry Potter Girl” Inspires Vision for Equality and World Peace

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You can also read this blog on Huffington Post's HEALTHY IMPACT page. I was ready to do just about anything to avoid a confrontation. In fact, the very thought of meeting with this particular individual had made me feel physically unwell. That’s when I confided in a friend and colleague for her prayerful perspective. I explained my situation and I received the compassion and understanding I was seeking. My friend reminded me that there was goodness in this individual--even if it seemed Continue Reading

Is Your Health Care on a Spiritual Path?

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This blog is also published on Huffington Post's HEALTHY LIVING PAGE. For many, health care is no longer just about caring for their body. People are waking up to what they can do to contribute to their health on a mental level. That often means considering the healthy impact of their spiritual practice, whether that involves regular visits to the temple, the mosque, a meditation room, or church. There’s now plenty of research to support these findings. This mindful vs. physical approach is Continue Reading

Out of Darkness

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By Guest Blogger Kim Shippey: The passing of actor Robin Williams in August set the world thinking as perhaps never before about depression and suicide (including teen suicide) and the health issues relating to such situations. Whether you’re a college student paddling though a tough semester, a new mom trying to figure out why you’re feeling so down in the dumps, or a father of three who’s just been laid off, depression is an overwhelming threat to one’s peace of mind and physical Continue Reading