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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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

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Ever try to do a “focused attention” meditation and all you could focus on was how gosh darn uncomfortable you were? Though step one of meditation is often times to sit in a comfortable seated position, this can be hard to do when yoga blocks, bolsters and yoga mats can be uncomfortable. Steph and Kristi over at Sittin Pretty Still,

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Now Try This: Office Selfcare

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Imagine, you’ve just boarded an airplane for the trip of a lifetime, you’re head is 1,000 miles ahead, dreaming of what your adventure will look like as soon as you land when you are suddenly ripped back to reality by a flight attendant. She is standing in the aisle demanding attention and providing an overview of emergency procedures; exits at

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What is a Microbiome & Why Should I Care?

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What is it? The word microbiome is describing the assortment of microbes and/or microorganisms that inhabit any given environment, essentially a contextual ecosystem of critters. Currently there is a great deal of content being created in the health and wellness sphere in relation to the human microbiome, which is full of symbiotic, commensal and pathogenic bacteria, as well as fungi

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What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness?

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Ever wonder what the difference is between mindfulness and meditation? Let’s start with the word that Wikipedia can’t even pick one modern definition for: meditation. Though the word meditation does take on different meanings in different contexts (religious vs secular vs spiritual) and I appreciate that, the Oxford Living Dictionary offers a straightforward and pretty encompassing definition that will do just fine: “Focus one’s mind for a

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Mindful Mornings or Coffee & Contemplation?

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If you haven’t heard by now, mindfulness is like the sh*t. No really. It can rewire our brains for the better, shrink our amygdala (alarm center), and make it less responsive to stressors. It can improve empathy, compassion, kindness, attention, memory, and concentration. (See the intro section here for more specifics on the effects of mindfulness meditation — in short,

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Wellness Design Sprints

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Small Businesses – Big on Wellness If you haven’t heard of “sprints” yet, they are simply time blocks, usually 2 weeks, whereby there are agreed sprint goals, and the work that fits into the sprint makes it way there based on priority. “We have 2 weeks — let’s focus on the highest priority items.” In the Fortune 100 world, where

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