Chills, Thrills…and a Metabolic Jump?

By staff on Thursday, October, 31st, 2019 in Wellness No Comments

In the run-up to Halloween, even folks who don’t normally watch horror films might take in a scary flick or two. The scariest of them all, according to Ranker, is The Shining, followed closely by The Exorcist. But here’s something you might not know: The adrenaline rush such movies deliver just might make you burn […]

What Do Cigarettes & Loneliness Have in Common? Maybe More Than You Think

By staff on Thursday, August, 8th, 2019 in Wellness No Comments

Most of us know that things like a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management are essential for wellness, many overlook the need for meaningful social interactions as a requirement for good health. According to one 2015 study, loneliness is now associated with a 26% higher risk of early death. That’s about the same risk […]

The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude

By staff on Wednesday, November, 21st, 2018 in Wellness No Comments

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, thoughts naturally turn to gratitude. Yet it can sometimes seem a hard thing to practice when faced with tragedies and challenges like those our region has faced through recent weeks. There has been loss. There has been pain. Yet the practice of gratitude teaches us that, even when things are […]

From the Archives: Mindfulness in Trying Times

By staff on Thursday, June, 28th, 2018 in Wellness No Comments

If you’ve been feeling more stressed than usual, you’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association’s latest Stress in America report, more Americans are feeling more maxed out than ever. Over half – 57% reported significant stress over the political climate in particular. None of that comes as a surprise to Dr. Ron Samarian, […]

Physical Health, Emotional Health

By staff on Tuesday, April, 3rd, 2018 in Natural Health, Wellness No Comments

Happiness and health go hand-in-hand. So saith the research. Yet as a new study reminds, the pursuit of happiness can actually make us unhappy. Through a set of four experiments on time and happiness, Canadian researchers found that the harder we try to make ourselves happy, the more we feel like we don’t have enough […]

Self-Care, Purpose, & Creating a Healthful Life

By staff on Wednesday, January, 10th, 2018 in Wellness No Comments

Let’s face it: New Year’s resolutions can be the stuff of angst – especially if you find yourself sliding back to the habits you just told yourself you’d finally kick. But there’s a beauty to them, too. For one, they’re a sign of self-care – an expression of intent to take better care of ourselves […]

What Does Social Connection Have to Do with Your Health? More than You Might Think

By staff on Tuesday, August, 22nd, 2017 in Integrative Medicine, Wellness No Comments

As the positive emotion study we blogged about last week was making headlines, other research was highlighting the impact of one negative emotion in particular: loneliness. According to a presentation earlier this month at the 125th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, “loneliness and social isolation could be greater public health hazard than obesity.” […]

Positive Emotion Impacts Both Mind & Body

By staff on Tuesday, August, 8th, 2017 in Integrative Medicine, Wellness No Comments

A lot of the chronic diseases we see most often these days have some things in common. For instance, they’re largely driven by lifestyle. They’re also marked by chronic inflammation. So it follows, then, that one of the best, most productive actions we can take to prevent or possibly reverse such illness is to make […]