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A decision to be happy

What’s happening to our country? The world is a mess. The news is depressing. I have decided to think about all the good things in my life. A perfect day in the park with my son Jay and his friend Rachel. Books—lots of books. A lovely lunch with friends. And more! I agree with Voltaire, […]

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You don’t have to be skinny

According to a royal insider, Meghan Markle “wants to change the perception that you have to be skinny to be beautiful.” Of course! Of course! Of course! That is true. I learned that bit of news from a magazine while standing in the line at the grocery store. –Joy

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Applause for strong women

Did you watch Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in the United States, do a double-double—two somersaults while simultaneously twisting twice in the air? Did you see her triple-double—flipping twice while twisting three times? Did you notice the wonderful muscles in her strong legs? Let’s applaud women with strong, healthy bodies!

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Still running at 103

Julia Hawkins is a role model for all of us. At 103, she finished the 50-meter and 100-meter dashes at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque last month. She is the oldest woman to compete on an American track. Hawkins, a retired teacher, also does yard work and cares for 30 bonsai bushes.

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Cockroaches and other insects

In Bangladesh, women take a fistful of joot—the small leftover pieces of fabric that end up on the floor of textile factories—and push it down their panties,” reports Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. The joot is like a hothouse for bacteria, fungi and mold. Moreover, there are cockroaches and other insects crawling […]

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The shame of menstruation

Because of the shame associated with menstruation, students in Malawi reported that they dry their menstrual protection under their matresses. When they have no water, unwashed cloth, hardened by dried blood is reused. This dirty and moist menstrual protection is a breeding ground for bacteria, writes Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. “Many […]

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Hug more!

A 2018 study by Carnegie Mellon University found that people who receive hugs feel more positive. They’re happier! In its January 11, 2019, issue The Week magazine also reports that a Harvard study showed that living a healthy, happy life depends more on good friendships than on exercise or cholesterol levels.

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Don’t eat too much

Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University and author of the book Unsavory Truth, offered this advice during an interview with BonAppetit. “Don’t eat too much. Make sure you have vegetables, and don’t eat too much junk food. I mean, really, that’s all there is too it.” It sounds simple, doesn’t it? […]

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Get some more sleep

The American Heart Association estimates that one in seven Americans don’t get enough sleep every night. It recommends seven to nine hours of sleep to decrease “your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and overall cardiovascular disease.” If you need more sleep, Nancy Brown, the AHA’s chief executive […]

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A lesson for summer

The posters for the new Winnie the Pooh movie announce a lesson that’s just right for hot summer days. “Don’t estimate the value of doing nothing,” Winnie the Pooh advises.

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