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+ Does positive thinking affect your health?

[ Posted on 04.18.2017 ]

Thank you, Jane Brody, for a wonderful article in the New York Times on how “Positive Emotions May Extend Life.”  Even an old saw such as “Look on the sunny side of life” has the potential to not only raise spirits, but also boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, promotes healthier blood sugar and more. According to the article, even people faced with serious health crises such as H.I.V. and cancer can benefit markedly from positive thoughts and feelings. Many people assume that sickness and negative emotions go hand in hand, but a study of 159 individuals with recent H.I.V. diagnoses showed that when trained in 8 positive thinking activities, participants maintained more positive and less negative thoughts. And for the curmudgeons of the world:  good news: studies show that people can learn to think positively even if they’re not exactly Little Mary Sunshine. It’s wonderful to see another article on…

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+ Eight ways to jumpstart your new year

[ Posted on 12.31.2016 ]

As we say goodbye to 2016, we may already thinking about how to make 2017 the best year yet. Every new year, in fact, every day and every moment of the day, is a perfect opportunity to reassess what’s working and not working in our lives. Here are eight ideas that have served me well. I hope you find them helpful. One. Declutter your belief system. If this is the only thing you do, you will have an enormous leg up on everything else. We all have beliefs that reflect our values and mores, but when beliefs become self-limiting, it has a stifling effect on our happiness, well-being, creativity, productivity and spirituality. Behind every project you feel stuck on, behind your response to every challenge you face, behind every life change that is tripping you up, behind all negative emotions and lack of positive emotions, are your beliefs about how…

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+ How can talking heal stomach pain?

[ Posted on 04.14.2016 ]

If you never heard the podcast Only Human, you are in for a treat.  A wonderful health-focused series produced by WNYC, each episode brings us straight-up real life stories that we can all relate to. A recent episode featured doctors telling stories about patients who changed their lives, told in the fashion of the Moth radio hour.  One of the episodes that really stood out for me was Dr. Richard Weinberg’s story of a young woman who came to his practice complaining of stomach pain, which he found impossible to diagnose…until he simply started talking to her about such unlikely subjects such as dreams and her bakery. I say unlikely, because Dr. Weinberg is a gastroenterologist.  The nature of this young woman’s pain was rooted in a traumatic event that had occurred when she was a teenager. This story is an amazing example of how just talking and listening can…

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+ Get your daily minimum requirement of nothingness

[ Posted on 03.28.2016 ]

  One of the most gorgeous poems I have ever heard is by Franz Kafka. It goes like this:  You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Wow. When was the last time you took a dip in your own private oasis? You know, that quiet place where you can go to recharge your batteries, get away from it all, hear yourself think, renew your energy. Now, I’m not talking about your hot tub, or the neighborhood watering hole, or a glass of wine on the train ride home – albeit all wonderful and worthy things. And I’m not talking about taking a spin around…

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+ Can We Have Our Treats and Eat Them Too?

[ Posted on 07.01.2015 ]

What is there about impending summer that inspires me to eat ice cream? Delicious, cold, creamy, delectable ice cream! And why does this always happen just about the time I am taking stock of my summer body? Under the cover of winter wools, fleeces and flannels, I can delude myself into thinking that I can still strut my stuff at the beach of my choice. But when the calendar flips around to May and June, I turn on my critical eye and take a really good look. Oh, was that there last year? Now, the truth is I love ice cream no matter what the season. But the memories of past summers  riding my bike after the ice cream trucks of my youth – slurping down that delightful double scooped cone on a hot, hot beach – makes summer ice cream all the more “irresistible”. Thing is, I’m not the…

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When we want to feel a certain way, let us look closely. We will find that we have actually begun to…

When we want to feel a certain way, let us look closely. We will find that we have actually begun to feel that way. To decide is really to discover that what we want to feel we are beginning to feel. To decide means “Don’t decide for the past—the future is beginning."

[ Bruce Di Marsico ]