Children and adolescents in low-income and poverty-stricken homes and environments are at a greater risk for poor well-being throughout the course of their lives. TODAY you can join me in doing something to help: Consider this a special edition of this wellness blog. The negative effects of poverty and near-poverty on well-being extend to, Read More


Tomorrow, June 1, we’ll be halfway through 2017. Reality check time. How are you doing with that New Year’s resolution of yours? Is it a bit dusty? Did you toss it in the recycling bin back in February to save it for next year?


I wasted many years feeling crappy about myself. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and hate what you see; take inventory of your life and not like the path you’re on. The antidote, everyone said, was self-esteem. I needed some. Well, let’s get real, not just some, a lot. People, Read More

exercise motivation

No matter how much you want the results of regular exercise, motivation yourself to start can be hard. Keeping yourself motivated can, at times, seem equally challenging. So how do you do it? How do you motivate yourself to start and stick with the actions that get you the desired results? Here are five tips.


Let’s start by getting real: Shit happens. Big or small, personal or professional, spiritual, or physical or financial…Any area of your life can be hit with adversity. And that’s a good thing, if you’re brave enough to look at it this way. Adversity, however big or small, is a chance for you to strengthen, Read More


Staying constantly plugged into your work can backfire. Even constantly plugging into digital devices for play, like social media and phone games, can backfire. Your brain and body can take a toll, from decision fatigue to chronic stress and all the health effects that those bring. On Jan. 1, a law went into effect in France referred to as the “right to disconnect,” aimed at reducing, at least, the work-related constant connection.


Why is one of the most powerful words in the English language, in my opinion. Everything starts with why: your actions, your thoughts, your words, your motivations…all of it can be explained by simply asking and answering why. The word is so provoking, actors spend days, weeks, months even years dissecting the “why’s” behind their characters’ movements, speeches, and inner dialogue. If they do this for a fake person, why aren’t you doing it for the most important person– you?


It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, even to our past selves or a future vision we have of ourselves. Such comparisons can be helpful, even healthy. But they can also contribute to lower self-esteem and increased depression, anxiety, and jealousy. So how do we strike the balance? And if we’re in a negative social comparison funk, how do we pull ourselves out?


Anecdotally, we know that our moods can brighten when we begin to feel a sense of gratitude or a sense of gladness. So it’s not a leap to learn that regularly feeling gratitude or gladness can improve your mental health. What’s interesting, but not surprising if you know about negative effects of chronic stress, is that regularly experiencing gratitude and gladness can improve your physical health.


We all have a thing; at least one. We all have a thing we know we need to start or stop or change. We tell ourselves, our friends, maybe even our colleagues that we know we need to act on this thing—eating better, exercising regularly, sleeping more, cutting back on coffee, less TV, unplugging from digital devices, start meditating—but that’s sometimes where things stall: The telling. We tell; we talk; we don’t do.
It’s often said that most people know the “what”, but struggle with the “how” when it comes to making lifestyle changes. I agree, but will add that often, even if one knows the “how”, he or she simply isn’t ready to act. So the first step in tackling that thing, is being honest with yourself about where you are in what’s called the Transtheoretical Model or the Stages of Change Model.