The constant judgment in the world

When the hospital nurse asked Lucy Barton’s mother if she wanted a “gossip” magazine to read, she declined. And, although Lucy took the magazine, she hid it—just in case the doctor came in. “So, I was like my mother. We did not want to be judged by what we read,” comments Lucy in Elizabeth Strout’s […]

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“I would never again”

“It was May, then, June, and I remember how I would stand and look out the window at the sidewalk below and watch the young women—my age—in their spring clothes, out on their lunch breaks; I could see their heads moving in conversation, their blouses rippling in the breeze,” says Lucy Barton in Elizabeth Strout’s […]

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Try awe and wonder

Go to an art museum and look at the paintings, or listen to classical music. Feelings of awe and wonder are associated with lower levels of pro-inflammatory proteins that can stress the immune system. That’s why artistic masterpieces can trigger positive emotions that help prevent heart disease and depression, concluded researchers at the University of […]

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Would winning the lottery make you happy?

I never imagined that I would be passing along advice from Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks. But I’m going to. I liked two of the tips that Cuban gave for the winner of the Powerball lottery jackpot in an article in the January 12, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News. […]

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A long, hard haul

It has been five years since Gabby Giffords, a U.S. congresswoman, was wounded by a gunshot that nearly killed her. During those five years, Giffords has hiked the Grand Canyon, gone skydiving, raced in a 40-mile bike ride and become an advocate for gun control. “It’s been a long, hard haul, but I’m getting better,” […]

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Play the long game

I wish I could lose the six pounds I gained between Thanksgiving and Christmas immediately. But it’s never that easy. You’ll never lose a pound a day, but you’ll win if you play the long game, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietician. “Think balanced nutrition, adequate sleep—seven to nine hours—and exercise.” Scritchfield was quoted in […]

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The remedy for your problems?

Here’s another quote from Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers. It’s just what I needed to read after the holidays when I’m trying to lose the six pounds I gained in between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Nidetch says: “Food is not your remedy for problems. Food is not going to change your life…. If […]

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Think first

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote at my local elementary school, where I mentor a student. A poster says, “Before you speak, think: Is it true? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? And, of course, the words—true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind—spell THINK. –Joy

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Choice, not chance

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote during my monthly visit to Weight Watchers: “It’s choice, not chance that determines your destiny,” says Jean Nidetch, Weight Watchers’ founder. –Joy

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Mediocre at housekeeping

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote while browsing at Barnes & Nobles: “I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty mediocre at housekeeping.” That inspiration about what’s most important comes from Anne Taintor’s 2016 engagement calendar. –Joy

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