After I posted about Day 4 this morning, I was watching the news at lunchtime and heard of the heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It almost seemed pointless to even think about gratitude when I felt such sadness. But then one of the little boys, among the many in shock,... Read more »
Yesterday, our new office manager, Brandi, decorated the office with festive, sparkly decorations. It was a simple thing, but every time I walked around the corner and saw a wreath or snowflake or glittery garland, I smiled. Somehow, that made everything brighter, so that I noticed a stranger holding the door open for me and... Read more »
Today my friend celebrated his birthday, and at his party, I was introduced to his network of friends that I had heard about for over a year. As I spoke about how my husband and I met in Florida through mutual friends, I realized the power of connections, and how we’ve been fortunate enough to... Read more »
From my journal entry last night: Hooray for pomegranate seeds at the salad bar! Thankful for newish tires on my car. While several cars were spinning on the icy roads, my Subaru trekked on, slipping only in the ruts of frozen snow on the streets. This lead me to conclude that, frugal as I may... Read more »
I love a beautiful snowfall. Today I was outside watching our dog Chloe race around in the fresh powder, stuffing her face into snow banks like it was the first time she had been in snow. She’s 7 now, but still acts like a puppy outside, always ready to play. She made my day.
One of my favorite lessons from a seminar with Maryanne O’Brien of Live Dynamite was to keep a gratitude log. You can do this in a journal, on cards or Post-its that you keep in plain sight, in a mental record, or with various online sites and social media, such as GratitudeLog.com. Generally, I note... Read more »
You know those workouts that are so challenging you feel like crying? And maybe you do start weeping, either because you are relieved or proud or exhausted? That was my workout last night. I’ve been working with trainer Shane for two years now, one-on-one since the fall of 2010 and in a group setting with... Read more »
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize and absorb new information by forming new neural pathways. It’s really quite remarkable: Simply by learning a new skill or behavior, the cellular structure of the brain begins to change, and new synapses (the connections between neurons) can develop. Even adjusting your thought patterns can cause the brain... Read more »
For many reasons I am in love with my brain, your brain, the brain. Yet until recently, I’ve known next to nothing about the most phenomenal organ in my body. Thanks to Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, My Stroke of Insight, I am on a new mission: Know thy brain. In doing so, I have a... Read more »
The incidence of autism is growing at an alarming rate. Experts are struggling to discover why. Slowly, a strange and complex picture is coming together. It suggests that autism’s mysterious mechanisms could ultimately reveal health truths relevant to us all.
There's a reason that most so-called primitive cultures have avoided the depression epidemic afflicting industrialized nations. In a provocative book, a clinical psychologist suggests that adopting more hunter-gatherer habits can help us escape the blues.