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    Positive Action

    There are 3 factors that influence our lives. There are the resources we have been dealt: smarts, money, family, etc. There is what is happening around us: war, boom times, famine, disco, whatever. None of these are within our control, they are just givens. The third variable is what we...
    We, who sometimes feel invisible, have the power to make an impact on loneliness. According to our friend Dr. Charlotte Yeh, the morbidity (death factor) associated with loneliness is greater than that of cigarette smoking.Loneliness is not to be confused with being alone. One can be surrounded by people and...

    Adaptation

    hard is not impossible We have been writing for the last month about this simple idea: hard is not impossible. We walked, we made friends in elevators, we meditated, we endured cold showers. So what is the point of all this? Self-flagellation?The most powerful thing to do to change your...
    be your own health champion You are the only person who really understands you. This also means that you and only you have full responsibility for your own health. Within some common sensibilities- don’t smoke, stay strong, avoid trans fats- there is no one size fits all prescription. It is...
    Living in Beta One of the harder things for many of us to get our minds around — myself included — is the idea that nothing we do is actually finished. This is particularly difficult when applied to things we think are more or less set: our knowledge base, our...

    Swiss Radio

    Swiss Radio interview I was recently interviewed on Swiss radio about my thoughts on Swiss life."If you remove all difficulty and challenge from your life, if you go into a world of total comfort and total luxury, you've also entered the realm of total decay. One of the things I...
    Welcome to the party.  Here is a sample of some of our witty readers comments. Let's hear from you. What are you thinking about today? Don't be shy, bring on. 12 Valentine’s Day Ideas for a Real Woman Mary P. Shriver's irreverent post " Because, I am not that chick. Because I am not the chick...
    Since we have some amazing, wise, experienced members, we thought we would ask a question, then publish the answers. “How would you make a big life decision?” Slowly. I wasn’t always like this, but at this time in my life — I am 56 — I am more risk averse because the recovery...

    Aging Well

    aging well is hard work This week I learned one of my high school classmates, who has also been overweight/obese for decades, has Type 2 diabetes, organ complications and a grim future. I have no knowledge of what has been said between him and his doctors these past decades, but...
    This fascinating article in the NYTimes recently caught my eye. “The better we get at something, the likelier we are to see how much more we can improve, which can sometimes lead us to underestimate ourselves” and conversely, “the less skilled you are at something, the less likely you are...