Your Happiness Depends On This

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You can also read this blog on Huffington Post here. Is happiness preventive medicine? That probably depends on how you define it. If you think of it as fleeting and resulting from factors outside of yourself, like a new job or a Hawaiian vacation, well then it's probably not so beneficial. But if you see it as inherently within you--something you give, rather than get--then it's a different story. This might sound like a tall order or even blue-eyed optimism. But what if behind this attitude Continue Reading

How does Easter Relate to Longevity?

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You can also read this post on my weekly syndicated blog, "Health Conscious" on MetroWest Daily News. Easter weekend is a time of reflection, including both sorrow and joy for many Christians. But there's a silver lining in the life story of Jesus. Easter can serve as a reminder not just of his death, but the health-giving, life-promising effect of practicing the scriptural truths he taught and lived. Whether or not you're a religious person, if you're health-conscious, you probably Continue Reading

Are Happiness and Health Linked?

Note to readers: You can also read this post on my weekly syndicated blog, "Health Conscious" on MetroWest Daily News. In case you missed it, the United Nations just named the world's first International Day of Happiness on Wednesday, March 20th. Some people celebrated in a big way. Like the free-hugs flash mob in Washington D.C. and Twitter followers who connected using the hashtag: #HappyDay. Yet another "day" you say? The UN website explains, "When we contribute to the common good, we Continue Reading

A Fireside Chat About Your True Self

Today’s guest blog is written by Kim Shippey, an avid reader and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication. Apart from my daily prayer practice, which includes studying the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, no book I’ve read in recent weeks has given me a stronger sense of spiritual and physical well-being--of identity, belonging, direction, Continue Reading

Make Gratitude a Daily Habit

With friends and family coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it's the perfect time to think more deeply about gratitude and how our daily practice of thankfulness impacts our own and others' well being. I've noticed my Facebook news feed is full of friends posting their gratitude thoughts. One quote caught my attention: "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It Continue Reading

Life Lessons from Near Death Experiences

The following guest blog is written by my friend Steve Graham. Much of his career as an editor has been centered on spiritual reporting. He writes from his home in Natick, MA. For a long time, I've been interested in so-called near death experiences (NDEs). I've read Dr. Raymond Moody's well-known book "Life After Life," which reports the results of over 100 case studies on people who were revived after having been pronounced clinically dead. The amazing consistency in what those people Continue Reading

Today’s To-Do: #1 Be Happy

Today's News & Culture update: 1. Practicing forgiveness, gratitude, and daily prayer go a long way toward promoting your health, not to mention someone else's well-being. Check out 8 Ways to Be Happier. 2. If you're thinking about the young people in your life, gratitude among teens (surprise!) also translates into more happiness: Gratitude in Teens Linked with being Happier 3. Letting go of resentment and anger might be a first step in expressing more happiness in your day. The up side Continue Reading

Online MD, Honesty, and Early-Risers

Today's News & Culture update: CNN.com: Be Careful When Diagnosing Your Ailments Online According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 80% of Internet users have looked up health information online. The study points out that the social life of health information is alive and kicking, motivated by two driving forces: 1) the availability of social tools and 2) the motivation, especially among people living with chronic conditions, to connect with each other. The problem is, Continue Reading

Reaching a Younger Generation of Spirit-Goers

Today's news & culture update: A pew survey discussed in a USA Today article found that young people today are significantly more likely than those in earlier generations to say they don't identify with any religious group. 72% of millennials say they're "more spiritual than religious." What does "spiritual" mean to you? Perhaps you can try the following exercise. Think of the first word that comes to you when you hear: spirituality . . . love . . . gratitude . . . Deepak Chopra Continue Reading

Selfless Giving Equals Healthy Living

This week's guest blogger is Dawn-Marie Cornett, Christian Science practitioner and community-involved mom of three. She writes from her home in Framingham, MA. You could say we're all trying to get something: health, happiness, safety, companionship, etc.  Yet for many, one or more of these very right and understandable desires seem illusive. Researchers have found that compassion, honesty, and the like tend to result in improved well-being. There are pages of studies on the health-giving Continue Reading