During this season of Thanksgiving, we each have the opportunity to count our blessings, and to cultivate gratitude.
There is much that I could write about the health benefits of gratitude, but I will save that for another day.
Transforming our health requires a paradigm shift to a culture of wellness.
We're hearing a lot about bullying these days - not just in schools and the twittersphere - but in our workplaces too. It turns out, this toxic behavior is much more common than we might think.
In fact, research has found that 75% of workers are affected by bullying at some point in their careers - either as a target or a witness. If you add in other kinds of counterproductive behavior -- like rudeness and incivility — the number would be even higher. Businesses are increasingly paying attention to what bullying and incivility cost them.
New. Quick. Easy. Painless.
These are words that marketers use readily to get our attention. They know that we humans are attracted to ideas, services, and products that make life feel less challenging. We all like the idea of an "Easy" button. Evolutionary biologists say that this preference is hard-wired into our species, and that it serves as a way of preserving energy so that we can focus on protecting ourselves and raising our children.
These days, we hear a lot about problems with our nation's health. As a country, we've got some challenges. Our health is getting worse, and our expenses are getting higher. Meanwhile, our current health care system is not doing a good job of turning this trend around. Consider this evidence:More than 1 of every $6 in the U.S. economy is devoted to health care spending.Our national health spending is nearly double that of other industrialized countries.Despite our high spending, our risk for early death is 68% higher than in other industrialized countries.95 cents of every health care dollar in 2008 was spent on health problems after they had already occurred.
So, how does this affect you and why should you care? Here are four reasons why our national health crisis affects requires our personal attention:
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