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  1. Okay, So What Really Makes Us Happy and Healthy?

     

    Here's a TED talk by psychiatrist Robert Waldringer, the fourth director of a 75-year-old Harvard longitudinal Study of Adult Development, begun in the '30s, on what keeps us happy and healthy. (Actually, this is a study of what keeps men happy and healthy, just to pick a bone on who gets studied in most research ... but that's a battle for another day.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-7zAkwAOYg

    The study looked at the lives of 724 men, from their teens into their 90's. Half were Harvard sophomores and half were from Boston's poorest neighborhoods. Sixty of the original men are still alive, most of them in their nineties.

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  2. So, Did the Guy Rescue the Dog or Did the Dog Rescue the Guy? And, Really, Do We Care?

    So, Did the Guy Rescue the Dog or Did the Dog Rescue the Guy? And, Really, Do We Care?

     

    This is a deliciously touching story. It's so good, it went and got us all weepy.

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  3. Got Something For ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

    Got Something For ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

    We got this query from a therapist looking for resources for ADHD. He didn't specify the age group he was working with, so we gave him a range of suggestions that covered all the bases. We also reminded him that recent research shows that any steady practice of mindfulness meditation has been found to help with this.

    Dear Belleruth,

    I am a clinical social worker in private practice. My question: do you offer a product that is specific for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

    Best,

    Ray M, LCSW

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  4. Young Target Cashier Takes Irritated, Rushed Mom to the Larger Perspective

    Young Target Cashier Takes Irritated, Rushed Mom to the Larger Perspective

    This is a wonderful teaching story about impatience and stepping back to see the larger perspective.

    Even the most enlightened among us can get into a pressured, goal-directed state of mind and display what psychologists call "hurry sickness". A typical symptom of hurry sickness is when we press the button of an elevator multiple times – yep, like, that's really going to make a difference....:/

    This story was shared by Sarah Owen Bigler on Facebook, who was in a Target with her two kids, waiting in the checkout line. She had a lot to get done, and she was supremely annoyed by an old woman ahead of her, who was paying for each item separately – with change, no less.

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  5. We Salute the Magical, Mysterious Tomkins Square Park Scarf Fairy!!

    We Salute the Magical, Mysterious Tomkins Square Park Scarf Fairy!!

    Marjorie Ingall, (author, Tablet columnist, kids' book reviewer for the NYT Book Review and all-round stand-up gal) posted this wondrous sighting on Facebook:

    scarf

    "Someone draped homemade scarves all over the Tompkins Square Park fences, w/ little notes attached saying 'I am not lost! I was made with you in mind! I am yours to keep. Stay warm with my hugs.' How mysterious and delightful! I love you, anonymous person! ' "

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  6. Dancin’ Jean Veloz, 90 Years Old And Going Strong!

    Dancin’ Jean Veloz, 90 Years Old And Going Strong!

    Well, she's back – Dancin' Jean Veloz, nee Jeannette Phelps, now 90 years old, and still a dazzling dame on the dance floor!

    We've featured her before, when she was lindy-ing and boogie-ing up a storm in her eighties, because she's such a graceful delight to watch and inspiration to behold.

    Here's her latest display of talent, stamina and joie de vivre, now that she's gone and sashayed her jazzy self into 90's.

    This video speaks for itself, so no more words - we simply encourage you to watch it and smile.

    This 90-Year-Old Shows Off Her Amazing Dance Skills On Her Birthday

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  7. How To Prepare For A High Stress Tour Of Duty At Landstuhl

    How To Prepare For A High Stress Tour Of Duty At Landstuhl

    Question:

    Dear Belleruth,
    I am leaving soon for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, to provide mental health services to our military and their families. I have been in private practice for the last 6 years, and have used your book Invisible Heroes and CD's nearly daily. My question is this:
    Do you have any advice for me as I begin this two year assignment?

    Warm Regards,

    Paul

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  8. Help for Dealing with “Head-Case” Boss

    Help for Dealing with “Head-Case” Boss

    Dear BR,

    This is a shoutout for your materials, especially the Relieve Stress, Confidence and Affirmations - I use one of them every day and have been doing so for the past month.

    I work in a high stress environment with a boss who is a complete head case. She critiques me and micromanages everything I do from the second I arrive to the time I leave.

    I cannot say anything back to her because she's fragile and starts crying and hyperventilating. The woman truly needs help.

    I am a problem solver and I have tried every sensible tack that I, my friends and my personal coach could think of. After a series of failed attempts at changing the dynamic, we determined that I have two options left: to quit, or tune her out and keep on doing my job to please myself and meet my own standards.

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  9. Got Some 10-Minute Imagery To Use with Physical Therapy?

    Got Some 10-Minute Imagery To Use with Physical Therapy?

    Hello! I am a student physical therapist and am working at one of my clinical rotations right now. I have noticed several patients could benefit from guided imagery to help them relax. Do you have any short sessions, between 10-15 minutes? Patients will often have a hot or cold pack, etc for 10-15 minutes and I would love to try a guided imagery session at the same time, since we shut the lights off anyways to help promote relaxation. Thank you for your time.

    Karl

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  10. Jaw-Dropping Video & Music of How Our Solar System Really Gets Around

    Jaw-Dropping Video & Music of How Our Solar System Really Gets Around

    Check out this fabulous video depicting the true nature of the motion of our solar system as we hurtle through space. These computer graphics and the powerful music scoring this helical universe are simply awe-inspiring. I'll bet you get completely hooked and won't be able to stop watching it after just one viewing. But that's okay. If you read this week's update (link), you know that experiences of wonder reduce inflammation in the body! Check it out.

    amazing video

    Little did I know at the time that by doing this, I was lowering my levels of inflammatory cytokines!

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