When we were kids, making friends came naturally: it was as simple as saying “hi” to another kid at the schoolyard. But as we get older, the stresses of life can make our social circles shrink. We move to a new town or city and lose our old friends. We get too busy with work or family obligations to make time for anything else. And as we mature, learn, and grow, our friends are doing the same, and often we grow in two different directions. This often leads to friends drifting apart.
In my last blog post, Tips for Better Brain Health, I suggested that we clean up our diets and our home environments by eliminating harmful toxins, thereby improving the health of our brains. This month, I’m taking this concept a step further by encouraging you to grow your own organic vegetables and herbs.
Have you ever wondered whether it is intentional that Valentine’s Day and National Heart Health Month both fall in February? I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or someone’s intentional design, but their proximity on the calendar very helpfully underscores the undeniable link between a healthy heart and healthy relationships.
Amore, je t’aime, or simply I love you. Once again it’s that time of year when we are reminded by cards, commercials, and store displays to say “I love you” to the special people in our lives. Do we really need to wait for a Hallmark holiday to appreciate the people who give meaning to our existence? Of course we don’t—but still, many of us are so busy just getting through the day or week that we forget to do one simple but critically important thing: communicate our true feelings to those we care about.
It happens every year. Valentine’s Day approaches, and our inboxes are flooded with e-mails promoting spa packages, romantic B&Bs, and flower delivery services. It makes this Valentine’s Day feel a lot like last year’s. And the year before that. And the year before that.
Many of us only consider a trip to a spa when a special event is coming up. But why wait for that special occasion when you can create an easy, inexpensive spa experience at home with food you already have in your kitchen? Follow these 5 easy steps to create a relaxing, revitalizing spa evening for yourself that even the pros would envy.
There’s a reason couples love to cuddle up together. Sleeping in the same bed makes us feel comfortable and more secure, and many of us find it easier to fall asleep with a partner. Unsurprisingly, there’s a physiological reason behind this: sleeping together causes a drop in cortisol, a stress hormone, and boosts levels of oxytocin, which plays a role in bonding. It might also lead to better overall health.
What makes a great retirement location? Sunset views, sandy beaches, fine dining? Beautiful landscapes and tropical flowers? Sunny days year round? Though these immediately spring to mind, the things that make a place perfect for a vacation don’t necessarily make it suitable for a retirement location. After all, those balmy January days might lead to unbearably scorching summers. That ideal isle might have shockingly high taxes and prices. And that quiet mountain town might become inundated by hordes of tourists every ski season.
Not all of us have the time or space to grow a full garden—but that doesn’t mean we have to give up the taste, freshness, and nutritional benefits of organic home-grown produce. If all you’ve got are a few pots, planters, or a tiny patch of yard space available to you, you can still enjoy the fruit of the season without much effort, so long as you choose the right things to grow.
From time to time we have all come across articles about the negative side effects of chemicals in our household products. Triclosan is found in antibacterial soap, which is now known to cause thyroid disruption. Some fragrances in disinfectants and air fresheners are known to be carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, which can cause cancer. Phosphates are found in laundry detergent, which causes indoor air pollution. These warnings are often ignored, as we think to ourselves, ‘It’s not clean unless it smells like chemicals, right?’ And besides, what are the alternatives?