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It’s Official! I Started Writing My Book On Happiness, Well-being, and How to Live a Wholehearted life!…

On March 1, 2021, I started writing my book on happiness, well-being, and how to live a wholehearted life. The book is intended to be inspirational for a general audience and includes the results of my research findings (thank you again for all who participated in my recent study 😊) and the thousands of hours of interviews I’ve had with patients and clients. Because I am still teaching a full course load in the graduate ...Read more...

Health and Science in the News – March 2021

Music, Memories, and Well-being In Science News, Claudia Lopez Lloreda shares the story of how music therapy can improve well-being in people, especially the elderly. University of Kentucky music therapist, Alaine Reschke-Hernandez, partnered with neuroscientists to explore how music-associated memories impact dementia. Great News for Individuals with Peanut Allergies The FDA has approved the drug Palforzia to decrease the allergic reactions some individuals have with peanuts, including anaphylaxis. Although individuals with peanut allergies must still ...Read more...

The Science of Sleep – How Much Do We Need? What Are the Effects of Poor Sleep?

Everyone loves a sound, restful sleep. With March being Sleep Awareness Month, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about sleep and why it is so important to our mental and physical health. What is Sleep? Every time we “fall asleep” our bodies undergo a remarkable change. We leave our conscious state and enter a realm of marked alterations in brain activity, heart rate, breathing patterns, body temperature, and other physiologic functions. ...Read more...

Some Initial Findings From Our Study…. Personal Resiliency: A New Perspective for the Cultivation of Well-being in Individuals

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in my research study on personal resiliency and well-being. The study ended on February 28, 2021 and garnered 337 responses. I am thrilled to report we had participants from every continent except Antarctica, and included males, females, and other gender-identified individuals who were as young as 18 and as old as 99+ years. Also, I just had a positive research meeting with the statistical analysis experts at ...Read more...

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Learn The Process and View An Example So You Can Create Better Goals For Yourself…

Goals and resolutions have separate meanings. A resolution implies a firm decision to do or not to do something. But it does not include how an individual plans to go about achieving their ambition or effort. A goal, on the other hand, also suggests the desire to achieve a desired outcome, but also includes intention setting, preparing, and planning realistic action for success. I may make a resolution to become more fit, but without having ...Read more...

Wellness vs. Well-being – The Difference Between Surviving and Thriving…

No doubt you’ve heard the terms wellness and well-being before. Also, more likely than not, you’ve probably heard them used interchangeably. But the truth is that while these two concepts have much in common, they refer to different aspects of our overall health. Wellness generally refers to our physical state of health rather than our emotional and mental health. While most providers acknowledge that an individual’s mental and emotional health affect their physical health, wellness ...Read more...

Understanding How and Why “Happiness” Fits Into The Complex Puzzle of Health and Well-being…

What is happiness? Ask a hundred different people what happiness is, and you will get a hundred different answers. Is it a feeling? A mood? Can happiness be sustained, and if so, how do we do this? Despite the growing body of evidence which correlates positive emotions, such as happiness, with good physical health and well-being, researchers still do not know the exact mechanisms of this relationship. Happiness used to be considered a topic too ...Read more...

Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle! – 10 Practical Tips To Minimize Stress This Holiday Season…

Many of us experience holiday stress. First, know that you are not alone in experiencing stress over the holidays. A consumer health information site found that over 64% of Americans experience at least a moderate amount of stress this time of year due to finances, giving gifts, issues related to interpersonal relationships, having too much to do with too little time, etc. Normally, our brains handle daily stress and multiple demands of our attention quite ...Read more...

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