Tea Ritual

This morning was daylight savings Sunday and I woke unusually early. I could hear the small pattering of rain leftover from the night. I headed for the kitchen and heated some water. Every morning, I spend a few minutes sitting quietly with a cup of tea. For the last ten years or so, I’ve spent […]

My Body, My Friend

Just read a short article over lunch. The writer is a recovered bulimic who suffered with negative body image since a child. She talks about making peace with her body and spending some good one-on-one time together, as she would in getting acquainted with someone. In her final paragraph she says: “I was thinking nothing […]

“Thanks!”

Exploring how kindness and appreciation flow back and forth in couples, Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., examined how people habitually express appreciation to their partners. Turns out some people say “thanks” better than others. Whereas many people express their appreciation to others by highlighting the benefit they received – the gift, the favor, or the kind deed […]

Patience

Patanjali teaches that when you enter the stage of perfect wholeness, there is a calmness and a clarity that reflect prefect presence. The antidote to impatience is allowing yourself to reenter the flow of things, that is, to be in sync with the speed with which things are happening. Beneath the thought “I am wasting […]

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. […]

Do Your Happiness Homework

You can increase positive feelings by incorporating a few proven practices into your routine.  Try expressing your gratitude toward someone in a letter or in a weekly journal, visualize the best possible future for yourself once a week, and perform acts of kindness for others on a regular basis to lift your mood in the […]

Say Grace

Make a habit of saying a simple thank you for the food on your plate and everyone who played a role in getting it there. It will help cultivate gratitude and a deeper connection to your food and where it came from.

Thank Your Partner

When it comes to healthy relationships, sometimes the simplist measure produces the greatest good. Remembering to thank your partner helps remind you (both) of the pleasant qualites he or she possesses. In a study of cohabitating couples, on days that one partner expressed more gratitude, the other felt more satisfied with the relationship. Gratitude has a way of injecting our […]

Count Your Blessings

Shifting away from negative emotional patterns can directly benefit your health, says practicing cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, M.D., medical director at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Anger, for instance, floods the system with stress hormones that suppress the immune system, raise blood pressure, create arrhythmia, and even increase the risk of cancer. Changing your ways […]