CAN A WALK IN THE PARK INCREASE WELL-BEING?

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“In happiness, as in so many other things, location is key.” According to research, a location that maximizes proximity to the natural world is one...
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Rethinking The Winter Blues

In medical school I was taught to look out for Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, during the cold dark months. I expected my patients’ depression...

Master The Art of Small Talk

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While it’s fine to talk about the weather, quality conversations that deepen your understanding of another person or topic are more gratifying and meaningful....

Help! Climate Change Is Stressing Me Out

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The health of the planet is deeply connected to our mental health. While people who are directly affected by environmental disasters and climate change...

I Want It And I Want It Now

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Patience may be a virtue but it’s wearing thin. A study of over 2000 British adults confirmed what most of us already know, we...

Why Reading Is So Good For You

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People increasingly tell me they have a hard time starting a book, let alone finishing one. Reading a book takes time and concentration-two rarities...

Don’t Let Stress Interfere With Gut Feelings

Listening to your gut when you’re anxious is like going to the supermarket on an empty stomach. Your judgment is clouded so you end...

How to Cool Down in the Heat of the Moment

In the heat of the moment, one of the worst things to do is what people normally do--immerse themselves in their emotions and focus...
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Dress Rehearsal of the Mind: How to Overcome Anxiety & Build Confidence

I have always been a little skeptical of visualization techniques. The idea of telling someone to visualize winning the lottery, marrying George Clooney or...

Is It Too Late For Change?

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“People don’t change.” I remember hearing this from one of my professors in medical school. His comment went hand in hand with everything I...

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If You spend a lot of the Day Sitting Make Sure You Do This

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"I go from my desk, to my sofa, to my bed. Repeat." This is my patient's description of her daily routine. With fewer reasons to leave...

What Makes A Couple Compatible?

I have always wondered about compatibility. What draws two people together. More importantly, what keeps them together? Many believe that chemistry is the answer....

What Does Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Say About You?

A survey commissioned by Breyers’ ice cream found that your favorite flavor of ice cream gives the scoop on your personality. Researchers find strawberry lovers...

Do Masks Mask Emotions?

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“I can’t tell if they’re smiling or scowling.”  My patient was voicing her concern about masks interfering with social interactions. She is not alone. A recent survey...
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