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Bridges to Well-Being

Bridges to Well-Being

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.

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Is Workplace Stress Sabotaging your Wellness?

Is Workplace Stress Sabotaging your 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.

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Three Signs that it is Time to Get Support

Three Signs that it is Time to Get Support

We live in a culture of do-it-yourselfers (DIY).

It is not surprising, since many of us share a desire to be strong and self-sufficient. This desire is usually linked to some deeply held values that are rooted in our heritage. They are woven so tightly into our being that they shape our perceptions and assumptions about life, as well as the solutions that we might imagine for the challenges that we face.

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Staying Well in an Unhealthy Healthcare System

Staying Well in an Unhealthy Healthcare System

The facts about healthcare in the United States can be discouraging. Our country is notoriously lagging behind in terms of our health outcomes when compared with other countries with similar resources. We spend substantially more, but have worse health. 

There are many smart, capable people that mean well and work hard in our healthcare system. Unfortunately, the system itself is set up in a way that doesn't promote wellness. It's a GREAT place to be if you need a high-tech diagnostic test or intervention — but we're not known for promoting well-being. Ironically, as providers are pressured to see more patients, they invest less time in conversations that help people create the healthy lifestyles that promote health and prevent disease in the first place.

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How to Conquer Your Cravings

How to Conquer Your Cravings

My cat has strange cravings. Elastic hairbands. She just can't get enough of them.

We've seen "evidence" that she has eaten them before, and we've done our best to keep them away from her (I'm convinced she can open drawers!). But this week, her bizarre addiction got her into trouble, and she wound up in surgery to remove twelve - yes, TWELVE - of them from her stomach.

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Three Four-Letter Words that Impact Your Well-Being

Three Four-Letter Words that Impact Your Well-Being

There is no doubt that language is a powerful tool. It can alter perceptions, affect relationships, and determine the limits of what we understand or consider possible. So, it behooves us to pay attention to how we speak - in public, in private, and especially within our own minds.

There are several four-letter words considered off-limits in polite company. Using them in the wrong setting might negatively impact your relationships. So, avoiding those is wise and even admirable.

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Three Ways to Cultivate Non-Judgement

Three Ways to Cultivate Non-Judgement

One of the most popular TV sit-coms in the 1970s was "All in the Family" and it featured Archie Bunker, an opinionated New Yorker, who shared his perspective in a straightforward and often hilarious way. Regardless of whether you agreed with his viewpoints, there was something comical about the way he shared them — and his unswerving commitment to his judgements often highlighted their absurdity.

No doubt Archie Bunker appealed to so many people because his judgmental stances were so blatant and so human. The truth is, we all make judgements all the time. It is just part of being human. Even when we try to be "nonjudgmental" we wind up judging our own judgement! The trouble is not that we make judgements. The trouble comes when we adopt a judgmental stance - investing emotionally in our judgements and holding them as TRUTH.

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Six Ways to Get the Support you Need

Six Ways to Get the Support you Need

Here is it July - halfway through the year. For many people, the new year's resolutions that seemed like a great idea in January are now a distant memory.

When it comes to making changes, getting started is only one of the hurdles. For most people, the hardest part is the stretch in the middle. When the enthusiasm wears off and obstacles arise, it is all too easy to give up on our dreams. Has that ever happened to you?

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Six Reasons to Stop Doing it All Yourself

Six Reasons to Stop Doing it All Yourself

Independence and self-reliance are two of the qualities that many of us in the United States value highly. Our culture and history are permeated with examples of rugged individuals who pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps and did it their way.

There is certainly a lot of power and satisfaction in learning to rely on oneself. At the same time, it is also valuable to learn how to use other resources wisely. Any seasoned executive will tell you that successful ventures depend not only on one's personal talents and habits, but also on the skillful management of one's team. The same is true in our personal lives.

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Five Ways to Be the Change

Five Ways to Be the Change

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.

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Five Ways to Avoid Electronic Overwhelm

Five Ways to Avoid Electronic Overwhelm

Have you found yourself in the habit of constantly checking your phone, tablet, or computer for emails, texts, or other electronic communications? Do you respond to various chimes and ring tones with the same predictability as Pavlov's dog?

For better or worse, modern life has given us a new set of tools that can be wonderful servants, but terrible masters. Many of us can start to feel like we are "reacting" to our lives rather than creating them. Even worse, we can find ourselves distracted by the perceived demands of these virtual communication tools -- and miss out on connecting with the important people who are around us. If we want to live with more mindfulness and intention, we have to set some limits on our electronic tools and develop practices that keep us in the driver's seat.

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5 Ways to Engineer Greater Well-Being

5 Ways to Engineer Greater Well-Being

What do fast food, TV remotes and Facebook have in common?

They all provide quick and easy ways for us to get what we want! (food, entertainment, and social connection)

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20 Quotes About Befriending Yourself

20 Quotes About Befriending Yourself

We live in a culture that often equates our success and value with appearances and achievements. In such a context, we may find ourselves striving for perfection and judging ourselves (and others) harshly when we fall short. Our self-esteem becomes dependent on impossible standards and we may feel shame that we are "not enough". Even when we realize that relating to ourselves this way is toxic, such patterns can be hard to break. How can we develop new attitudes and habits that honor and nurture our best selves?

In her TED talk exploring differences between self-esteem and self-compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff shares three key approaches to building a healthy relationship with yourself:

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Seven Ways to Become "Well"-Connected

Seven Ways to Become "Well"-Connected

We humans are social creatures, and we place a lot of value on our relationships. In this day and age of social media, the number of people that we know and connections that we have gets a fair amount of attention. Quantity, of course, isn't everything — and it probably isn't even the most important thing!

Our relationships and social ties have a significant impact on our well-being, affecting both the quality and length of our lives. Research has found that people with high quality (and quantity) of social ties have - among other things - lower risks for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and poor immune function.

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Four Ways our National Health Care Crisis Affects You (and What you Can do About it)

Four Ways our National Health Care Crisis Affects You (and What you Can do About it)

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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Six Ways to be a GREAT Accountability Buddy

Six Ways to be a GREAT Accountability Buddy

These days most of us have a lot on our plate. When we have multiple commitments, it can be challenging to consistently invest in all the things that are important to us. If we're not careful, we can fall into a reactive mode where we are constantly dealing with things that seem urgent, and not finding the time, energy, or focus to be proactive in the areas that aren't being "squeaky wheels" — at least until they reach urgent status too!

The trouble is, some things that are important to us aren't going to squeak as loudly. The commitments that we have at work, for example, are supported by all the structures that promote their fulfillment — weekly meetings with supervisors or team members, timelines, deadlines, evaluations, etc. — keep these things front and center. For many other areas of our lives, however, we have to build our own support structures.

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

b2ap3_thumbnail_Princess.jpgEvery day, my dog Princess and I take a walk together — differently. Having been her walking partner for the last six years, I can tell you that she and I don't experience our expeditions together in the same way. Her body, temperament, and sensory organs give her access to things that I can't imagine. It boggles my mind to think of the stimuli that her nose alone provides!

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Creating Your Own Context

Creating Your Own Context

Have you ever tried to stop an old habit or start a new one and it feels like swimming upstream? You want to be more active, but your job involves a lot of sitting. You'd like to get more sleep, but you find yourself staying up to watch TV. One of the reasons that change is challenging is because our lives are organized around the context in which we live! Sometimes we are able to notice the context, and that gives us an opportunity to alter it. Other times, the context is so pervasive that it is invisible to us. We "don't know what we don't know." Like fish swimming in a lake, the water around us is just a part of life. We can't really imagine what it would be like to be breathing air!

I had a great lesson in this phenomena when we returned to the U.S. in 2007 after living in northeastern Brazil for three years. We'd been in a small town in a rural, semi-arid region, and there was a lot about life there that was different. Everything in town was close together and people often walked to do their daily activities. That meant that there were always people on the street. A trip to the big Saturday market was a social event, for you were sure to run into lots of friends and spend time catching up on the events in their lives!

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Pruning

Last week, as the weather became unseasonably warm, I found myself in a conversation with some plant-loving friends. Was it too late to prune? When was the best time? The answer, by a knowledgeable master gardener, was not simple – in short, "it depends."

As my friend shared some of his knowledge about appropriate pruning of different plant species, I was reminded about my experiences watching people pruning trees in northeastern Brazil.

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