By Experience Life Staff

Healthy Progress

Before you set healthy goals for 2012, stop and appreciate what you’ve already accomplished. A quick look back may be the best tool for evaluating what comes next.

Faked Fitness

An evolutionary biologist explains why we spend a fortune trying to fake health, fitness and other desirable traits — and why our efforts are rarely convincing.

- Nutrition -

Cholesterol Reconsidered

Research disputes cholesterol’s reputation as the primary culprit behind heart disease. Here’s the real scoop on its role in the body, the right ways to bring it down naturally, and why cholesterol-lowering drugs may not be the cure-all we’ve been led to believe.

A Real Pleasure

When it comes to creating the conditions for optimal health, we know that managing stress is important. But it turns out that dealing with our anxieties and negative emotional reactions is only half the battle. Discover why an ample supply of enjoyable, positive experiences is equally essential to your well-being — and how you can go about giving life’s pleasures the healthy emphasis they deserve.

The Skillful Life

When it comes to enjoying a healthy, happy life, good intentions will get you just so far. You also need practical skills in a variety of areas — from health and fitness to relationships and finance. Here’s an action plan for assessing and building the skill sets that matter most to you right now.

- Environmental Health -

See the Connection

Your health depends on a complex, connect-the-dots network of variables that make up your ecosystem and the systems that sustain it. Discover the keys to keeping both you and your planet healthy — by following nature’s models, and honoring life’s connections.