Now Try This: Make Some Music

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My smile may say it all, but if you need more convincing on the power of music, watch YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC: They always say “Mother knows best.” (And by “they” I mean moms.) Well, it’s true. My mom has been a ukulele pusher for almost a decade now. “Pusher” is the apt term here, because she will really push

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You Can’t Petfool Me!

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I had a friend who kept telling me to watch Petfooled, watch Petfooled, did you watch it yet?… watch Petfooled. Naturally, I ended up doing just that, and I highly recommend this documentary. You can check it out on Netflix. Though not terribly surprised by the crap we we feed our pets, I was surprised by the lack of regulation,

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7 Signs You’re Burning Out

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In the age of seemingly unattainable wellness and constant connectivity, with people loading their schedule with 5am workouts, 12-16 hour workdays, healthy cooking, moderate coffee consumption, and a plethora of other high standards for performance, we are experiencing burnout rates higher than ever. Even more unfortunate, is the fact that women, who have fought so hard to achieve a competitive

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5 Tips for Sticking with Your Goals

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Have you ever noticed that we Westerners are obsessed with setting goals? If you’re not making six-figures, you should be. If your scale is tipping over 115 lbs, you better hit that gym more. You need to skip lunch today to save for that incredible handbag you saw in Bloomingdales. We as a society are constantly comparing and judging ourselves

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3 Tips to Squash Negative Thought Patterns

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Negativity breeds stress, and stress is at the root of so many illnesses. It also leads to depleted willpower, which can further have us thinking even more negative thoughts about ourselves. (It can be a vicious cycle, or a “vicious psycho,” as my friend’s kid sister would say… well into adulthood I might add.) Our thoughts often get lost in unproductive

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Our Epic Review of Casper: Buy One

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June 2016: My daughter recently bought a Casper California King and a pillow. When I visited a week or so ago, she told me I needed to get one. I said: “No, I need to buy a vacuum, an air filter, the IRS audited me…” …and I tried her Casper for a few minutes, with the key decision makers besides me (Theodore and

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Cause I’m Happy… The Happiness Prescription

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Here’s a great video on the importance of happiness! In prescribing happiness, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is not talking about indulgence and hedonism. He is talking about fulfillment, purpose, connectedness, and love. Happy people have decreased cortisol (the “stress hormone”), stronger immune systems, more favorable heart rates and blood  pressures, lower inflammatory markers. You don’t have to be Homer Simpson

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Life’s “Second Act”

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Looking for novel wellness inspiration? Well, my dear readers, you need not look further than Netflix. In particular, set your eyes and ears towards It’s Always Sunny, Season 7, Epsiode 1, Frank’s Pretty Woman. In this episode, Dee realizes she is about to enter the “second act” of her life, and sets her mind to helping Roxy (Frank’s love interest) make

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