Health & Spirit

Exercise Generosity: 7 Gifts That Feel Good to Give

Health / Marilynn Preston /

If you're still struggling with your holiday gift list, help is on the way. I've got a lot of swell ideas for you this year, none of them digital or a novelty watch with a dancing Rudolph.

--YOU FIRST. This year, follow the wisdom of the Shopping Bodhisattva and give yourself the gift of not overspending. Debt equals stress. If the gifts I'm ...Read more

Well-Being Withers When Impulse Buying Takes Control

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's not unusual for people to ask me: What's the best piece of fitness gear I can buy?

My first answer is easy: buy the one you'll use. Buy the one that gets your bliss-making chemicals pumping and your heart thumping in a way that sparks joy and builds strength.

My second answer will surely irritate my Thrift Gene, inherited from my ...Read more

Under the Weather? How You Can Weather the Storm

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Sickness happens. It's part of life, the not-fun part. Even though you're a ferocious warrior for your own well-being, doing all you can do to exercise with joy, keep your immune system strong, get enough sleep, eat real food and help love, or at least like, your neighbor, still, health setbacks are unavoidable.

That's why I want to share this ...Read more

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain. But If Diets Don't Work, What Does?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

My tail feathers got all twisted when I read that the average American gains 27 pounds between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Eve.

OK, I'm pulling your leg. The statistic's more like 4 to 7 pounds, but even that's depressing -- enough extra poundage to make your jeans feel like a blood-pressure cuff.

Take heart! It doesn't have to be that way...Read more

Let's Talk Turkey! How to Carve Out a More Joyful Thanksgiving

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I'm still giving thanks that the 2018 election is over, knowing how well the party of Well-Being did, a nonpartisan, nontoxic movement of conscious Americans who want to live healthier, happier lives.

All across the country, our fellow citizens stood in line to vote in more females; more diversity; more politicians who won by listening, not ...Read more

Vote For Your Well-Being: Elect to Be Happy, No Matter What

Health / Marilynn Preston /

In the run-up to the election -- I'm writing this before the results are in -- my yoga teacher had us doing a lot of grounding poses. And I mean a lot. No wonder my hamstrings were climbing the walls last night. (Thank God for CBD cream.)

First, Sienna asks us to stand and connect to our breath. Then we focus our mind's eye on our legs: ...Read more

High on Anxiety? Take a Trip with Michael Pollan

Health / Marilynn Preston /

To prepare myself for the high-stakes, high-stress 2018 election, I recently took myself to the high-impact and highly unconventional annual 3-day Bioneers conference in San Rafael, California.

The Bioneers are a nature-based coalition of "doers, thinkers, dreamers and organizers," explains co-founder Nina Simons. The coalition is celebrating ...Read more

Polls and Poles: Exercise Your Vote, Save Your Knees

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Nov. 6 looms large. As your most personal trainer, I'm always badgering you to exercise -- running, swimming, pingpong, whatever. Today, I'm being uber-specific: Exercise your right to vote.

Why? Because feeling powerless, hope-free and deeply cynical stresses your health and attacks your well-being. Taking action is the antidote. Let your ...Read more

Warm Up to Thermograms. What? You've Never Head of Them?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Every woman I know worries about breast cancer, including me. It doesn't just run in my family; it gallops. My grandmother, mother, sister, niece and way too many more women I know and love have all been diagnosed, so when I tell you I keep abreast of this subject, you'll know I'm not just punning you.

And here's what I've discovered about the ...Read more

The Sky Is Falling: 6 Ways to Take the 'I' out of Anxiety

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Are you worried about how much you worry? Bravo.

Uncontrolled anxiety is a giant obstacle to personal happiness. No surprise. Worry causes stress, and stress saps our strength, disturbs our sleep, fries our brain and constantly undermines our best efforts to stay healthy, relaxed and optimistic.

And yet there's so much to worry about these ...Read more

Angry in America: Are You a Brett or a Christine?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Anger is a negative emotion that crushes well-being and leads to depression, dysfunction and way too many Krispy Kremes. And, yet, we all lead complicated lives, and anger is unavoidable.

How do you deal with your anger?

That's the question for today, when so many Americans are furious about the unfolding drama surrounding the nominee for the ...Read more

Deepak Knows: The Future of Wellbeing Is Y-O-U

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Deepak Chopra -- author of over 85 books -- is the head, heart and brains of a well-being, well-meaning empire.

He's the founder of the Chopra Foundation -- "committed to creating a peaceful, just, sustainable, healthy and happier world" -- and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, one word, no hyphen, on purpose.

And yes, he's the ...Read more

Yes, You Can Buy Happiness! Spend Time, Not Money

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Americans are known around the world for eating too much, but when it comes to time, we are starving ourselves. It's called "time famine" -- an unpleasant, uncomfortable feeling that we have too much to do in too little time. Social scientists have been studying it for more than 20 years.

"I'm behind before I get up!" my mother-in-law used to ...Read more


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