Showing posts from October 1, 2017

For a Better Brain, Say No to These

You Miss Out on Sleep

You do a few things you know you shouldn’t -- we all do. But some of those bad habits can take a toll on your brain. For example, lack of sleep may be a cause of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. It's best to have regular sleeping hours. If you have trouble with sleep, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and electronics in the evening, and start a soothing bedtime ritual.

You Have Too Much Alone Time

Humans are wired for social contact. It’s not about how many Facebook friends you have -- what matters is a real sense of connection. People who have that with even just a few close friends are happier and more productive. They’re also less likely to suffer from brain decline and Alzheimer’s. If you feel alone, call some friends or start something new -- salsa dancing, tennis, bridge -- that involves other people.

You Eat Too Much Junk Food

Parts of the brain linked to learning, memory, and mental health are smaller in people who have lots of hamburgers, fries, potato chi…

10 Secrets to Brighter, Whiter Teeth

Want Brighter, Whiter Teeth?

Have your pearly whites lost their luster because of dingy gray or yellow stains? Stained teeth can occur as we age, but some common foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth. Do-it-yourself remedies can help whiten teeth, and avoiding substances that stain teeth can stop further discoloration. Use these secrets to whiter teeth to restore your bright smile.

Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening

You may be able to get rid of superficial stains by yourself. A number of at-home tooth-whitening products -- kits, strips, toothpastes, and rinses-- may lighten stains. There are even some old-fashioned remedies you can try. Tooth-whitening products available on drugstore shelves use mild bleach to brighten yellow teeth. Toothpastes use abrasives and chemicals to remove surface stains. For deep stains, you may need a dentist's help.

Tooth-Whitening Kits

A home tooth-whitening kit contains carbamide peroxide, a bleach that can remove both deep and surface stains a…

Inspirational Quote – October 7, 2017

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it’s letting go.”

Occasionally, in life, things, situations or people are only meant to be with us for a certain length of time. However, if we’re not ready to let them go then we’ve got a problem. Holding on with all you’ve got may cause them to reconsider and stay but, if their heart isn’t in it, or it’s just not meant to be, then it’s time to take a step back and consider your options. Perhaps you’re not being strong by hanging on if it’s not meant to be, just deluding yourself. Letting go isn’t being weak it’s being realistic and therefore taking the best course of action for them or it and, ultimately, you.

Getting to Cleveland: Seth Godin on Gratitude

According to writer Seth Godin, there are two ways to live in the world: with a "have to" attitude or a "get to" attitude. The latter mindset opens up the world and all the possibility of goodness therein and the former shuts down the heart and closes the door on the world. So the question is, how do we want to live? Too often, we have taken the gifts around us for granted and end up feeling entitled. We can begin to find gratitude by looking at our lives with open eyes and take steps toward being grateful, even in the hard times. We may not always know where this will take this, but -as Seth Godin says no one gets "to Cleveland by knowing every turn from here to Cleveland. You start driving and get directions as you go." This is the essence of living a life of gratitude.

How to Help Teenagers Manage Risk

Dr. Jess P. Shatkin explains why teens take risks, and how we can help keep them safe.BY JILL SUTTIE

Teenagers. We’ve all been one at one time or another, and we probably remember how fraught those years were. Growing up is risky, there’s no way around it. But why did we, as teens, get pulled toward taking dangerous chances in the first place? And, now that we’ve grown up, how can we help the next generation of teens develop good judgment, especially when whatever we say seems to fall on deaf ears? These questions are at the heart of Dr. Jess P. Shatkin’s new book, Born to Be Wild. Shatkin, a nationally recognized expert on child and adolescent psychiatry, has learned that giving kids dire statistics or telling them to just say “no” doesn’t work. Chronicling the latest research on the adolescent brain and effective parenting programs, he provides a path for parents, teachers, and others who want to help guide kids toward making better choices around risk. I interviewed Shatkin about his …

Inspirational Quote – October 6, 2017

“When a friend does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.”

Of course you won’t! Lovely person that you are. When a friend does something we consider wrong, that’s when we remember all the things they’ve done for us in the past. The times they’ve given us a shoulder to cry on, hugged us when we’ve needed a hug, been patient when it’s obvious we’re driving them loopy, loaned us money when we’re hard up. The list goes on and on doesn’t it? Also, this is the perfect time to think about the boot being on the other foot so to speak! If, positions were reversed, wouldn’t we expect our friends to take the time to think about all the good things we’ve done for them….. Of course we would, so there’s your answer…simple!

Finding Your Moment of Obligation

People who successfully tackle big social, environmental, and economic problems are driven by what Lara Galinsky of Echoing Green calls a moment of obligation -- a specific time in their life when they felt compelled to act. These moments become their North Star and keep them going in a positive direction when everything seems dark. Activists or social entrepreneurs aren't the only ones who are moved this way. We all have experiences that deeply inform who we are and what we are supposed to do, but only if we allow them to flower into action. Don't let such moments pass by and lose out on creating meaningful careers and lives. Here are tips that can help you recognize your own moments of obligation...

What Makes People Cooperate with Strangers?

A new study finds that having a reputation for cooperation may be key to getting other people to cooperate with you.BY JILL SUTTIE

Human beings are among the most cooperative species on the planet. Yet it’s not always safe to cooperate with a stranger. What if they don’t have your interests at heart? The ability to decide when to cooperate is an important skill for our survival. That’s why we’ve evolved to turn to our social groups for guidance, conforming to group norms when the situation is unclear. In fact, the pull to conform can be so strong that we will not even identify what’s right in front of us if our group says they see something different. But group conformity is not the only force at work in the decision to cooperate. Research has found that, if strangers act cooperatively towards you or have a reputation for being cooperative, you will likely work with them, because of the expected reciprocal benefits of doing so. So, which is more powerful in cooperation—those group norms o…

Inspirational Quote – October 5, 2017

“A head full of fears has no space for dreams.”

That would be our imagination working against us rather than for us. Filling our heads with the fear of things that may never happen, situations or feelings which might entrap us, fear of failure, ridicule, etc., etc., etc. Hold on a minute….if our heads are full of only negativity and fear where is the space holding our dreams? Nowhere that’s where? Doesn’t that sound awful? So, what should we do? Allow fear to hog all the space? No, I don’t think so either! So let’s all just spend some time decluttering, or should I say de-fearing? Good riddance fear and hello dreams, we hope you will be comfortable in your new home and decide to stay forever.

To Honor the Sacred

It was after losing the sight in his right eye that David Ulrich began photographing the Hawai'in Islands. As he struggled to capture the intense beauty and the terrifying destruction of Kaho'olawe he learned "right seeing." In this article, he describes how he was tested by the island. He took a step back and listened. He began seeing the dark sacredness of the land, the higher energies that cannot be used for personal, even if creative, needs. He learned to move beyond his ego's desire and his habitual practiced ways of photography, and to stand humbly in service of a larger purpose, to act as a vehicle for creativity. In the deep, volcanic contrasts he saw the possibilities inherent in destruction for renewal and regeneration and the similarities between the wounding of the land, the wounding of the earth, and the wounding of a person.

The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

What Is Vinegar?

It's made when bacteria feed on sugars and alcohol in fruit juices, wine, honey, and similar liquids. The result is an acetic acid solution that may have other nutrients, too. Apple cider vinegar starts with juice made from apples. There doesn't seem to be anything special about its health benefits, compared with other types of vinegar. Perhaps the milder flavor and smell have helped boost its reputation.

Lose Weight

In one study, overweight people who drank 1 or 2 ounces of vinegar (diluted with other liquid) lost weight at a slightly faster rate. And they lost belly fat. But there's no evidence that lots of vinegar will help you drop lots of pounds, or do it quickly.

Lower Blood Sugar

Vinegar can help someone with diabetes control the amount of glucose in their blood after a meal as well as their A1c, a measure of "average" blood sugar for the past few months. A couple of teaspoons in water or food at mealtime works best. High blood sugar over time …