Midlife is the most crucial time to concentrate your efforts in creating your best future life.
If you’re in midlife, it’s time to take stock…Establishing a baseline now to assess your current situation, evaluate future risks, and modify daily habits increases the chances that you will end up where you planned.
Atomic Habits by James Clear is the perfect book to read to start a new year. He presents strategies and tools, developed from years of personal experimentation and research, to create good habits and stop bad ones. A prolific blogger on this topic at JamesClear.com, his habit of consistent writing led to his success in publishing. He […]
A thousand small everyday jobs and decisions take up our time and distract us from our goals. I’m always looking for a better way to accomplish daily tasks and big projects. Hard to believe I’ve been an Amazon customer since 1998 but it’s been a game-changer from the beginning. By far, my favorite thing about […]
What have you always wanted to learn to do, master or investigate? There are many mental gyms for a brain work-out.
Behavior and Smart Living Lifelong learning helps build new connections in the brain. Reading a news article or doing a crossword puzzle isn’t enough. The kind of learning you did in school created new neural connections. We need novel information that takes effort to encode to exercise the brain. “A critical requirement for neuroplasticity to […]
Smart Living and Behavior “Never label anything miscellaneous,” advises Gretchen Rubin in her new book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. If your entire home is one big miscellaneous, this is the book for you. Outer Order, Inner Calm is a short book of actionable suggestions about de-cluttering combined with the reasons why you should follow them. […]
If you want to live longer and better, invest in friendship. Having friends is “the single most important factor influencing our health, well-being, and happiness,” according to Oxford evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist Robin Dunbar. The Dunbar number (150) is the average number of people one can effectively manage stable social relationships with at one time. […]
You might not realize that narrowing of the blood vessels happens throughout the body. When it happens in the legs, feet, arms, brain, stomach, and kidneys, it can lead to gangrene, amputation, stroke, high blood pressure, and kidney failure. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is more serious and pervasive than I thought. For six Saturdays every […]
In a recent Happier podcast, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft gave a listener’s tip to put workout clothes together, socks and all, in the drawer to simplify going to the gym. Gretchen described her “aha moment” about keeping the supplies to mail out bookplates to readers in one box rather than searching all over the […]
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that features slow movements and deep breathing. Widely practiced in China, there are hundreds of research articles published about the benefits of this practice. Tai chi is frequently suggested as an appropriate exercise to prevent falls in older adults. A 2018 study found tai chi to be equivalent to […]
Paying attention to your posture may be more critical than ever. We spend too much time looking down at screens, and the effect on our posture is cumulative. In addition to back and neck pain, poor posture is implicated in jaw pain, breathing, depression, incontinence, and digestive issues. The “text neck” position is the same one […]
Book Review Growing up, we used warm water salt gargles for sore throats and cough relief, but I turned to cough and cold medicine in adulthood. After hearing Dr. Gustavo Ferrer speak at an integrative medicine conference two years ago, I was interested in reading his book, Cough Cures: The Complete Guide to the Best […]
If you’re taking a daily low-dose aspirin, you should probably weigh yourself.