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Vaccines Are Iffy, so Do 1 More Thing to Resist the Flu

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I was driving the other morning, listening to Forum -- one of my favorite radio interview shows. The topic of the day was the flu.

The Flu! After a few noisy coughs, I leaned right in, because pretty much everyone I know either has the flu, had the flu or is about to get the flu.

"It's very bad this year," the two doctor guests on KQED agreed,...Read more

A New Year's Revelation! Tiny Habits Lead to Big Changes

Health / Marilynn Preston /

What? You've already failed to keep your New Year's resolutions?

Of course you have. Welcome to human nature. And don't feel badly. Zillions of your fellow Americans are also failing to give up nachos, sleep seven hours a night, bicycle to work, defend their souls against time-sucking small-screen devices. Great intentions, depressing results. ...Read more

Small Moves and Big Government: Well-Being Matters in 2018

Health / Marilynn Preston /

New Year clearances are happening all over town, including my own desk, piled high with articles, notebooks and coffee-stained press releases leftover from 2017. It's an activity, like skinny-dipping, that I highly recommend.

One thing I am keeping is an intriguing new book called "The Psychobiotic Revolution," by Scott C. Anderson, John F. ...Read more

Resolutions 'R' Us: How to Make 'Em So You Don't Break 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find the "Off" button on our mobile phones.

"I want to start exercising every day!"

"I'm going to lose 20 pounds by...Read more

Winter Solstice Review: From Dark to Light to Well-Being

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's time for my end-of-the-year roundup, a merry and maddening mix of noteworthy trends, predictions and possibilities, partial at best. The thread throughout is about personal well-being and how you can choose to make health and happiness a priority in 2018, leaving behind all the oppressive, outrageous and otherwise horrifying developments of...Read more

Presents of Mind: 4 Gift-Giving Ideas That Spark Joy

Health / Marilynn Preston /

In April, we plant flowers. In December, we give gifts.

Which is why I lasered in to something a wise young yoga teacher said at the end of a deliciously challenging 90-minute class:

"Take all the warmth and energy you've just built up in your body," she said, "and send it to someone else, someone you know who really needs it."

It makes you ...Read more

Just in Time! Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Spirit Action Plan

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Here comes the December dilemma: Am I going to enjoy this holiday season or not? We all have obstacles to overcome: too little time; too little money; too much commercial merrymaking. And that's not to mention the nightly news!

And still, dear reader, we have a personal choice this December: Do I get into the holiday spirit and juice up my well...Read more

8 Fun Ways to Make Yourself Completely Miserable

Health / Marilynn Preston /

A smiling and enthusiastic fan of the column introduced herself to me the other day in Sarasota, Florida, waving a golden oldie from several years ago. "I loved this one so much, I still have it," she said, "and I made copies to send to my entire family."

Sending columns to loved ones can be risky (who likes to be reminded of their ...Read more

It's Q&A Time: Because Personal Well-Being Is So Personal

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As some of you know, I've written a book called "All is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being." It was published in late April, and in August it became an Amazon best-seller. Yippee. I can't really explain how we earned that status, but there's a sophisticated algorithm involved, and you can bet I'll be expressing gratitude for it ...Read more

'You Should Forget the Meditation App': True, False or Wildly Misleading?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Normally, reporting on the art and science of happiness makes me smile. Why? Because happiness turns out to be a learnable skill, unlike, in my case, navigating Facebook.

Not every one of us will live a happy life, and none of us can be happy every moment, but for many women and men who struggle with unhappiness, the battle ends when you fully ...Read more

Thanksgiving Makeover: 6 Ways to Spread Your Wings

Health / Marilynn Preston /

In the run-up to Thanksgiving, I want to remind you that a holiday celebration is what you make it. If you lard it with stress and the need for perfection, you'll wind up with heartburn even worse than what you get from too much of Aunt Ethel's fabulous chestnut-and-chicken-sausage stuffing.

You have a choice. You can do the same-old get-...Read more

Autumn Is for Rebooting: As Seasons Change, So Can We

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and it's not just the oversized taffy apples. I'm talking crispy cool days that call for turtlenecks and yoga tights, a seasonal shift to fading colors and falling leaves, great sales on outdoor furniture.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree," writes Emily Bronte.

"This is...Read more

Power-Ups! When Your Energy Stalls, Flip a Switch

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I wish I could make you cut back on sugar, breathe away your stress or eat only grass-fed beef. But wishes are like dishes: You usually have to do them yourself. What I can do is introduce you to "power-ups": moment-by-moment strategies to spark joy and boost your well-being.

1) DANCE TO ENHANCE

The Setup: A stressful workday has ...Read more

 

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