Reflections on Health, Happiness and Getting Older

My brother recently shared a short essay that pertained to topics that I also write about often: gratitude, cultivated happiness and their impacts on resilience and overall health.  I thought you might enjoy reading it too. THE BACK NINE HOLES Here it is… the back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise…

The Most Important Health Goal

I won’t give you any advice on making health-related New Year’s resolutions.  People rarely keep their resolutions, and I don’t want to waste your time. Health-related goals, though, are another matter.  Resolutions can seem punitive (“I resolve to give up [something]”) whereas goals are more positive, or that’s how it seems to me, at least….

7 Keys to Living Successfully With Chronic Conditions

Roughly half of the people around you are living with chronic illnesses.  Perhaps you are one of them.             Like everything else in life, you can choose to suffer with your condition, or you can learn to live with it gracefully.  I say “choose” because your attitude about your condition…

Rx: Laughter

Laughing is one of the best things you can do for your health.  This web search produced over 74,000 scholarly articles and studies on the health benefits of laughter.  Among its various health benefits, laughter has been found to: Counter the effects of anger, anxiety, depression and stress. Reduce your risk of a heart attack. Increase the…

Things Happy People Do

Research has shown that people who consistently perceive themselves to be happy engage in certain behaviours on a regular basis that contribute to their happiness.  Adopting these behaviours can help less happy people change their state. Here is a list of some of the things happy people do: Express Gratitude We all have wants and…

The Reality of “Reality”

I have a friend who is inclined to be negative.  This person always sees the glass as half-empty (GHE).  Being a glass-half-full (GHF) type, I often point out the upside to whatever situation is being discussed, only to be told that I’m not being realistic.  Which brings me to today’s topics – that pessimism and…

The Gratitude Experiment

The pursuit of happiness through the experience of gratitude is one of my pet projects. Gratitude not only improves your level of happiness, it makes a difference in your physical health too. I recently came upon this youtube video by SoulPancake called An Experiment in Gratitude that illustrates how gratitude influences feelings of happiness. It…

30 Days of Gratitude

I’ve posted on the subjects of gratitude and positive thinking before.  The purpose of today’s post is to promote  the initiative of Vancouver business coach Lisa Princic, who started an event on Facebook called 30 Days of Gratitude.  Please check it out. Research shows that the practice of gratitude improves resiliency.  Resiliency has been shown to…

Worried Sick: Healing Anxiety

It is often said that everything we feel originates from two basic emotions: love and fear. On an everyday basis, fear tends to manifest as worry.  We medicalize this in the condition of anxiety. When you consider the number of people whose lives will be limited by anxiety at some point, the personal and social…

Celebrities, Addiction, Gratitude and Health

Cory Monteith’s recent death from a drug overdose has resulted in a stew of sadness inside me as I think about the role celebrities play in our society as symbols of things with which we all struggle. In the case of Mr. Monteith, the struggle was with the health issue of addiction and the knots…