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22 Jan

A Monday Moment

The Monday Moment is all about taking a minute to laugh, reflect, and step outside the work whirlwind that blows in every Monday morning.

This week, I’d like to point out Time‘s special edition issue entitled, simply, The Brain. I really recommend checking it out. There are plenty of fascinating ideas explored, but here are a few gems I want to highlight:

- The brain can rewire itself, even in old age. How you think and act literally becomes engraved in the mind over time. The good news is that you can forge new pathways. The significance of this is huge: the more time you spend thinking positive thoughts about yourself and others, the more your brain becomes trained to operate according to those thoughts. It’s not “fooling” your brain – it’s simply healthy for you, both emotionally and physically. Like the old proverb says, being cheerful really does keep you healthy!

- This really sinks in when you take a look at an astounding graphic that’s become a famous example of just how powerful our thoughts are. When scientists examined brain activity patterns, they found that reflecting on memories of faces and places is nearly as powerful as the initial, real interaction with those faces and places. Reflecting on people, events and places that are uplifting is nearly as powerful as the initial experience. The same goes for negative experiences. It’s something to think about.

You can check it out: clickativity.

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22 Jan

Mark’s Weekly Health Challenge

This week I’m going to challenge you to take care of your emotional and psychological well-being. We often overlook dealing with emotional or psychological stress because other things seem more important – work, the kids, the bills, the endless errands. But it’s absolutely okay to be a little “selfish” once in a while and nurture yourself. You may have a weakness for never saying “no.” Perhaps you’re taking on too much, or feeling under pressure about something. We all deal with stress. Whatever it is, this week, it’s on us. Let it go to the extent that you can, and indulge in guilt-free “me-time”. Turn off the phone. Go see a movie. Spend an hour or two with yourself. Maybe even call in sick. This week’s challenge is to address your stress – and don’t feel guilty about it!

20 Jan

Have a great weekend!

Stay healthy this weekend!

19 Jan

Fresh Mix

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Not just the latest news – the best!

1) Folic Acid Rocks

A major study on folate is making a splash. Scientists say folic acid appears to help stave cognitive decline and may even be linked to reduced chances of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. What is certain is that folic acid appears to aid in memory, cognition, and information processing speed. Clickativity!

Folic acid is found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and a daily multi.
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2) A Must Read!

Wowhere’s an excellent op-ed piece on the psychology of cancer fears. The great tragedy of the cancer situation today – which still kills half a million Americans every year – is that modern advances in both prevention and medicine mean excellent survival rates, but many people wait so long to get standard screenings it’s often too late. It’s the “fear of the known” clinging to our national mindset from days when cancer truly was a death sentence.

3) Common Commode

Drug advances. Scientific knowledge. Nutritional information. Exercise expertise. Lasers. Ingenious surgical procedures. According to the British Medical Journal, none of this compares to…the flusher. When you’re feeling bummed about your day, just remember, before 1840, you could be feeling bummed about your day and have to use an outhouse.
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4) Oh yeah…these things do beat stress!

The Dumb Little Man is not dumb at all (but that cheesy line sure was – our bad). While he does invent statistics (and gleefully admits this), his implementation/identification point is right on the money. And his list of ways to beat stress is so wonderful and so obvious, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this stuff sooner. If you already have, well, good for you. Bees are slower.

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Web it out:

What Mark and the Bees read. Translation (whew): Lifestyle changes slash your diabetes risk in half!

“Lifestyle changes”. Kinda nebulous, right?

Here’s how, in 5 quick steps:

1. Stop eating so much sugar! Cut out as much sugar, refined grain, starch, and other pale pathetic excuses for food as you can.

2. No more sugary drinks, either.

3. Daily exercise of some sort. Walking is just fine and dandy!

4. Stop with the self-destructive stuff: smoking, drinking, too much food, not enough sleep.

5. Reduce inflammation in three easy steps: switch from bad fats to good fats, reduce stress, and flood your body with antioxidants from food and a good, sturdy multi.

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