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I just came back from an extremely relaxing vacation in Vermont. Bike riding, canoeing, kayaking, and relaxing in a swimming hole filled my days. Like everyone else, a part of me wants to prolong the wonderful relaxed feeling that I experience from a vacation. The...

Increase Your Happiness by Crowding Out Sugar Did you know that sugar can sabotage your happiness and health?  Sugar has been shown (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5532289/) to have negative effects on our brain causing anxiety, depression, and exhaustion throughout the day. It seems hard to believe that something that...

My 29-year-old son told me that one of his New Year’s resolutions was to have more “me time.” I liked the phrase and asked him exactly what he meant. He said, “me time” was time allocated to do positive things for his body, soul, and...

After a natural disaster or a mass shooting, that has tragically become so common; we can all use a little help in raising our spirits One of my favorite techniques, when I feel stressed and overwhelmed by events beyond my control, is what I call my gratitude...

Just yesterday, I read an insightful article in the New York Times by David Desteno, a professor at Northwestern University. His research showed that gratitude, compassion, and a sense of pride naturally cause people to be more patient and persevere. This leads to more self-control, which ultimately...