Well-being

January 19, 2021
Memory Jog

Memory Jog

This is the time many of us make New Year’s resolutions which often result in feelings of guilt when we don’t follow through for whatever reason.  One popular resolution is “to exercise more this year.” Recently, someone sent me a photo of a trip we took together; it jogged my […]
December 5, 2020
How We Can Care for Our Aging Parents (During a Pandemic)

How We Can Care for Our Aging Parents (During a Pandemic)

I had begun writing this piece before COVID. I recently unearthed it in my “unfinished — to be used at another time” file. Now, we are in the midst of holidays that look nothing like the holidays we envisioned when I first thought about this piece. I wanted to write […]
December 1, 2020
If Kindness Were a Drug, the FDA Would Approve It

If Kindness Were a Drug, the FDA Would Approve It

Reprinted courtesy of The Journal of General Internal Medicine by Steven M. Asch MD, MPH, Dale V. Atkins PhD, Psychology, PC & Anne Walling MD, PhD “Ultimately, the secret of quality is love,” declared Avedis Donabedian, a pioneering systems thinker and the father of modern quality assurance. Few in health […]
November 10, 2020
Mindful of the Habitual and Noticing When We Get Lost  

Mindful of the Habitual and Noticing When We Get Lost  

Our thoughts inform our inner life and those thoughts affect how we view our circumstances, situations, relationships, and the larger world. Often, they can cloud our perspective and affect our mood. Furthermore, our minds wander quite frequently. For most of us, we aren’t even aware of it. Scientists at the […]
August 7, 2020
The Physical Toll of COVID-19 Is Compounded By Its Psychological Impacts

The Physical Toll of COVID-19 Is Compounded By Its Psychological Impacts

The Physical Toll of COVID-19 Is Compounded By Its Psychological Impacts
August 7, 2020
Taking Our Own Personal Needs Seriously Despite What Others Do or Think

Taking Our Own Personal Needs Seriously, Despite What Others Do or Think

We are always living with the unknown. But during COVID-19, that unknown has been magnified. We try to get a handle on information to make informed decisions that affect us and our families and friends in the midst of news cycles and people’s behaviors that are like shifting sands. Additionally, […]
June 9, 2020

Tips for Performing Acts of Kindness

Many of you have read about and heard Amanda Salzhauer (co-author of The Kindness Advantage) and me discuss The Helper’s High, a term coined by Alan Lux). The Helper’s High refers to a flood of endorphins that occurs in a person doing a kind act that makes them feel good and encourages them to do another […]
June 9, 2020

Conversation Hugs

Because of COVID-19, many of the critical ways we connect with others – person to person conversations, physical touch, hugs – have become impossible. Millions of people have turned to frequent phone calls, Zoom, and other internet platforms seeking to find ways to replace the missing connection. Often these efforts […]
May 1, 2020

Emotions during COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has a way of evoking every possible emotion. The short list includes: fear, sadness, grief, anxiety, anger, loneliness, despair, and worry.   While it is understandable that we should feel many of these emotions, we face a challenge trying not to miss the opportunities […]
March 19, 2020

Tips for Staying Connected

During this period of social distancing it is important to keep connected with others, particularly for people who live alone. Now is the time to stay connected with technology (in addition to social media which can be VERY stressful).  Social support helps us to deal with stressful situations because 1) […]