Recognizing the Positive: Moving towards contentment and the reduction of stress


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Being able to recognize and perceive the positive aspect of each situation is perhaps the single most valuable ability we can possess. It creates a buffer zone against the stress we are all exposed to. It can give us comfort…

JK Rowling on The Benefits of Failure and The Power of Imagination


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This is a heart-felt and inspiring speech from the “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling at a Harvard Commencement Ceremony in 2008. Her words are as funny as they are serious and touch on important existential topics: the responsibility of personal…

Why Do We Fail to Adhere to Treatment?


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About 1/3 of patients with acute illnesses fail to follow their doctor’s recommendations for short-term treatment (such as completing an antibiotic course). The rate is even higher among those who suffer from a chronic illness.1 In fact, about 50% of…

From The Pages: The porcupine fable


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The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin Yalom “One cold winter’s day a number of porcupines huddled together quite closely in order, through their mutual warmth, to prevent themselves from being frozen. But they soon felt the effects of their quills on…

The struggle of going to bed in a sleep deprived nation


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A sleep-deprived nation Sleep – everyone does it. It’s so simple. No one taught us how to do it. We just surrender in its sweet embrace… or do we? In 2008 the National Sleep Foundation asked Americans about their sleep…

Note to Self: Nothing of value is obtained without sacrifices


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Anytime I feel tempted to go for the easy ‘win’, I step back and give myself a mental slap on the face, “What are you doing and why are you doing it?!” Yes, some things happen with virtually no effort,…