Showing posts from December 11, 2016

Inspirational Quote for December 17, 2016

“The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be.”

Of course it will! Stands to reason doesn’t it? The longer you wait for the future, the longer your past will be so you don’t have to be Einstein to figure out that the future will be shorter! Definitely a heads up to stop procrastinating, dithering or being indecisive. Decide who you want to be and what you want to achieve in your future and then do your best to take the steps necessary to achieve it. A definite bonus would be to begin the process while you still have more of the future than the past.


Is the Search for Happiness Making Us Anxious?

ByJill Suttie

A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.

There is a lot of focus on happiness these days. Our ownScience of Happinessonline course has attracted over 400,000 participants, suggesting that many of us are thirsting for knowledge on how to increase happiness in our lives. But according to Ruth Whippman, author of the new bookAmerica the Anxious, we are going about this the wrong way. Instead of searching for happiness “practices” that focus on the self—things like meditation or yoga, she argues—we need to start spending time together with other people and doing the things we love—in other words, just “living our lives.” “My instinct is that…happiness should be serendipitous, the by-product of a life well lived, and chasing it in a vacuum just doesn’t really work,” she writes. Her book is an amusing, enlightening exposé of the American cultural push for happiness. As a Brit who recently moved to California, Whippman finds hers…

Inspirational Quote for December 16, 2016

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

We never know how much a kind word or act can affect someone in pain. We may not even realize they are in pain. But, if we move through the world with empathy, understanding and compassion, we are sure to uplift the lives of everyone lucky enough to cross our path. And truly, isn’t that the greatest gift we can give to others?

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Maya Angelou: The Day I Learned the Value of a Smile

--by Maya Angelou

My paternal grandmother who raised me had a remarkable influence on how I saw the world and how I reckoned my place in it. She was the picture of dignity. She spoke softly and walked slowly, with her hands behind her back, fingers laced together. I imitated her so successfully that neighbors called me her shadow.

"Sister Henderson, I see you got your shadow with you again."

Grandmother would look at me and smile. "Well, I guess you’re right. If I stop, she stops. If I go, she goes."

When I was thirteen, my grandmother took me back to California to join my mother, and she returned immediately to Arkansas. The California house was a world away from that little home in which I grew up in Arkansas. My mother wore her straight hair in a severe stylish bob. My grandmother didn’t believe in hot curling women’s hair, so I had grown up with a braided natural. Grandmother turned our radio on to listen to the news, religious music, Gang Busters, and The Lone Ran…

Checkups and Tests You Need Now

Routine Physical Exam

Getting a checkup is a way of making sure everything is OK. Some people see their doctor every year for a physical. But there's some debate about whether an annual exam is helpful or needed. How often you should have a checkup depends on many things, including your age, general health, and whether you have risk factors for certain problems. At a routine checkup, your doctor will ask you questions about your health and lifestyle. She'll listen to your heart and lungs. She'll also likely measure your weight and vital signs like blood pressure and temperature.

Height and Weight

Whether you go for a regular physical or for some other checkup, your doctor will likely check your height and weight. He's doing that to measure your BMI, or body mass index. Keeping your BMI in a healthy range helps protect you from problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and more. Your BMI is based on a formula of height and weight. A healthy BMI i…

Inspirational Quote for December 15, 2016

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

Whether it was our parents, our friends or the media, we’ve grown up being told who we should be, what we should do and how to behave. For most of us, this created frustration and stagnancy. Today, take some time to revisit your early childhood, when your life was innocent and carefree. What did you love? How did you feel? What were your interests? Try to reconnect with that purest form of yourself, before the world started trying to reform you to fit with its limited image. Then, give yourself permission to embrace the wonderful free spirit that’s been hiding all these years!

by Susyn Blair-Hunt


In his moving creation, Kindred's Artist-in-Residence, Daniel Sperry gives voice and music to Naomi Shihab Nye's poem, "Shoulders", a poem that speaks "directly to the connection between what we do as parents and the prospect of living in a world where we take care of each other in that same careful, and tender way." Sperry's transcendent work connects with and inspires those "on the quest raise a family, in the most conscious and creative way we can."

Best and Worst Foods for Heartburn

What's OK to Eat, What's Not?

That burning discomfort in your chest or throat may have nothing to do with your heart. It can happen when stomach acid backs up, or refluxes, and irritates your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth and stomach. Certain foods can trigger it, but they're not the same for everyone. So when it comes to eating, what will help you avoid heartburn?

Eating Too Much

The first thing to think about isn't any specific food: It's the amount you eat at one time. This is one case where bigger isn't better. No matter what food you're eating, how good it looks, or how much you like it, a stuffed stomach makes heartburn more likely. Try using smaller plates to help you trim your portions.

Slow Down

Shoveling food into your face is also a no-no. The three Gs -- grab, gulp, and go -- don't lead to good digestion, and they can make heartburn symptoms more likely, says Leslie Bonci, a registered dietitian and director of sports nutrition at …

10 Plants That Help Improve Air Quality Indoors By Removing Pollution

Whether it’s an old house or a new one, your home could be harboring unhealthy toxins. These chemical compounds are found in emissions from paint, plastics, carpet, cleaning solutions, and numerous building materials. Did you know some plants can help improve the air quality? Here are 10 best houseplants that will improve the indoor air quality of your lovely homes!

How to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving

ByJason Marsh

Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year).

During the holidays, opportunities abound to help kids understand why and how to help people in need, with food drives proliferating and countless organizations making pitches for end-of-year donations. And there’s scientific evidence that kids should be receptive to those messages: Research suggests that they have a deeply rooted instinct toshareand tohelp others, from the time they’re very young—one study even found thattoddlers enjoy givingto others more than they like getting treats for themselves. Kids, it seems, have a strong, natural drive to be kind and generous. Except for my daughter. Or so it seemed last year, when my wife and I tried to involve her in our annual practice of selecting organizations to support with a charitable gift around the holidays. Our then-seven-year-old wasn’t having it—not interested, end of story. Clearly, there were two possible explanations: She was an exceptionally…