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Personalization, pervasiveness, permanence

Psychologist Martin Seligman found that the three Ps can stunt recovery after the death of someone you love, the loss of a job or any other catastrophe. • Personalization is the belief that we are at fault. • Pervasiveness is the belief that an event will affect all areas of our life. • Permanence is [...]

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How to succeed in dieting

Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry conclude that “it’s unlikely that the people they study are somehow genetically endowed or blessed with a personality that makes weight loss easy for them.” The registry includes 10,000 people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. What’s fascinating [...]

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A diet that works for some people

Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, has run the National Weight Control Registry for 23 years. The registry includes more than 10,000 people from across the country. All of them have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained that weight loss for at least a year. What’s interesting is [...]

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It’s biology, not willpower

More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight. That’s 155 million Americans. And, about 40 percent of them are clinically obese. Worldwide, 2.2 billion people are overweight. Depressing? Yes, but studies by Kevin Hall, a scientist at the National Institute of Health, and other researchers are showing that it is “biology, not simply a [...]

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Look for the flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them,” Matisse once said.

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Stay strong like RBG

We’re going to buy The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…and You can Too! on October 3. The new book will feature illustrations of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who’s 84, doing all of the exercises in her routine—including push-ups and core-strengthening planks. Since 1999, Ginsburg has been training twice a week for an hour with a [...]

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Critical thinking?

Sarah Bessey reminded me that critical thinking doesn’t always have to be critical. Bessey is the author of Jesus Feminist. –Joy

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The perfect diet

Yikes! That’s what I have to say about this email message that showed up recently in my inbox: “Join thousands of people who already are living a better life. We have created the perfect and 100 percent working diet solution.” Of course, I wish there was a perfect diet. But I am skeptical of any [...]

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Everyone knows something

Jim, who has managed a bookstore in Old Town in Albuquerque for 43 years, told me: “Remember everyone knows something that you don’t know.” –Joy

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The forces of nature

Near her art in an exhibit in Santa Fe, I read these words from Jill Rosean Tishman. “I see myself as a rather insignificant being surrounded by the forces of nature. I never paint as my eyes see, but rather what I feel as I view nature: the sun moving through a redwood forest becomes [...]

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