Our brains are powerful things. Whether we like it or not, if we let them, our thoughts can dictate the course of our days, giving way to everything from joy and peace to frustration and anger. And according to social contagion data, our joy and peace and frustration and anger then spreads to the people around us. The good news is that we have a lot of tools that can help us shift negative thinking to positive thinking…and harness the power of already positive thoughts. Here are a few small, simple practices you can incorporate into everyday life to keep the glass half full. Read more
With the school year in full swing, it’s helpful to have healthy snacks around the house — something that’s easy to grab during the inevitable morning whirlwind and ready and waiting when kids arrive home from school needing a small boost.
With a couple of ripe bananas and an abundance of almond meal from a friend who moved and gave me her stash, I searched for a simple recipe for almond meal banana muffins and came up with a winner. Read more
If you missed the Huffington Post article “Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece” a few weeks ago, take five minutes to read it now. Here’s a teaser:
“Your body is not your masterpiece – your life is. It is suggested to us a million times a day that our bodies are projects. They aren’t. Our lives are. Our spirituality is. Our relationships are. Our work is.”
These few words have incredible power to re-frame the way we all think about our bodies and our lives. Read more
Designing a life optimized for health isn’t always easy. On the best, shiniest, happiest days, things feel in balance – we get a workout in, fill our plates with lively greens, smooch our loved ones, and connect to a purpose beyond ourselves. And on the worst days, things feel wholly out of whack – we miss a few hours of sleep, eat junk while we’re driving in our cars, sit still, and feel scattered and maybe even a little bit frantic. It can be so easy to throw off the delicate balance of our bodies and our lives, and it can be so hard to restore a sense of peace. When we’re spinning, we need to work to regain our center. Read more
Healthier people have healthier friends. Less healthy people have less healthy friends. Kale eating gives way to kale eating, and smoking gives way to smoking. So asserts Nicholas Christakis, a Yale physician and researcher who is an expert in the relationships between social networks and health. His research is compelling — leveraging the ever-increasing information we have about how people are connected to more deeply understand the nature versus nurture debate. He has a few TED talks that are worth watching if you’re interested in learning more. Read more
Salmon always tastes better to me in the summertime, evoking the nostalgia of eating simple filets and buttery corn on the cob on my parents’ screened porch overlooking their peaceful Midwestern lake. Everything seems to taste better on that screened porch, amidst the din of boats puttering along and the waves lapping against the rocky shoreline. Home is where the heart is, but in the summertime, my heart is where the lake is. But that’s another story for another time. Back to the salmon… Read more
Where do you come up with your best ideas?
Most likely, it’s not at your desk. It’s not navigating to summer camp while trying to sing camp songs with the kids sitting in the backseat (not that I’ve been doing that lately, or anything). And it’s definitely not trying to type an email and talk to your mother on the phone at the same time. You likely come up with your best ideas while you’re swimming or walking or painting or most famously, in the shower. In my case, the best ideas usually arrive 20 or 30 minutes into a long run. Read more
The Western States 100, is “the world’s oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race.” Some people call it insane, others dream of doing it, and many of us are somewhere in between. Meet Sean Harrington, a finisher of this year’s race, who remembers seeing a TV special on the race when he was in middle school, being in awe that people could complete such a massive physical and mental challenge, and filing it away in the back of his mind. Twenty-something years later, he finished the race this past weekend — climbing 18,000 feet, Read more
There are lots of ways to begin to get to know a new place, slowly understanding depth and nuances about people and places that a guidebook alone is incapable of exposing. For an artist friend of mine, this deeper level of insight comes from immersing herself in a city’s art scene, browsing gallery after gallery in search of a piece of the city she can take home. A foodie friend scours every place she goes for the most local and authentic meal. Read more
The Wall Street Journal ran an article last year about how to run your family like a business. Once you get past the potentially off-putting juxtaposition of business and family, it includes some great ideas — things like weekly meetings and a family mission statement. This translation from a business organization to a family makes sense; businesses have worked for more than a century to run efficiently, build community, and solve complex problems — things we need to do in our families and in our lives. Read more