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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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Carry your own weather

I’m ready for summer. It has been rainy, cloudy, cool for days. Sometimes I let the weather affect my mood. And, sometimes, I let stormy relationships with the people around me depress me. “Carry your own weather,” advises Todd Davis in his book Get Better—15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. I have […]

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Try 300 kicks

The Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall do 300 kicks during one show. That’s enough to burn 1,000 calories, according to an article in the December 4, 2017, issue of the Dallas Morning News. I’ll keep walking. I am sure that I am not up to even 30 high kicks. But, I am determined […]

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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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Who’s normal?

“Someone you don’t know very well,” my friend Mary told me recently. –Joy

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Women without birth control

Lizel Torreras, the wife of a garbage scavenger in the Philippines, mixed together bitter herbs and mahogany bark, a home remedy for abortion. She would have taken birth control pills, but she couldn’t afford to buy them. “With just two kids, we were already struggling,” she said. “The children were going to have a hard […]

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When I have pains

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one,” Maya Angelou once said. My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some more of Maya’s wisdom in our next blog post. –Joy

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