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'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

All Is Not Well: So Now What Choice Do You Have?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's almost embarrassing to have a new book out called "All Is Well." Even though the subtitle explains that it's about "the art and science of personal well-being," the fact is that all is not well.

No, no, no. Ten hurricanes in a row. Worst flooding in history. The Las Vegas massacre. Ferocious wildfires. A wiped-out Puerto Rico ...Read more

Meaty Matters: Let the Truth About Veggies Set You Free

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Oct. 1 was World Vegetarian Day. I'm betting the farm you forgot to celebrate. Don't worry: The North American Vegetarian Society has declared all of October to be Vegetarian Awareness Month, so there's still plenty of time to roll out the cucumbers, round up the beans and take a closer look at a lifestyle that can improve your health, save ...Read more

Trash Talk: Plastic at Sea Is Toxic and Terrible for You and Me

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I was out on a boat the other day in the Aegean, on my way to a small Greek island for lunch. Be happy. Your generous spirit is proof that all your healthy lifestyle training is paying off.

The sun was shining. The seas were calm. And suddenly, we saw dolphins, mesmerizing creatures that stopped their travels to play with us. We cut the engine ...Read more

Who Knew? Letting Go of a Star Can Be Heavenly

Health / Marilynn Preston /

We can all learn something delicious about personal well-being from the true story of SebastiƩn Bras. Bras is a celebrated chef in France, a man who isn't afraid to stir the pot of what makes him happy and create a new recipe for success.

Le Suquet, his restaurant in southern France (a pilgrimage spot for foodies the world over), is one of the...Read more

Parenting 101: Kids Just Want to Have Fun

Health / Marilynn Preston /

There's a short chapter in "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being" about how to raise an active kid, and here's how it begins:

"I grew up loving sports. I wish I could say the same for French or algebra. Early on, my folks stepped up to the plate and made sure my sister and I knew how to ride a bike, hit a ball, swim, bowl, ...Read more

When National Disaster Strikes, Is It OK to Go Bowling?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Disaster distress is all around us, and of course it takes a toll on our personal well-being. You probably escaped the high-water horrors of Hurricane Harvey and the massive monster that is Irma, but there's no getting away from the images and reports of death and destruction in Texas, in the Caribbean, in Mexico and Florida, devastation on such...Read more

Shake, Rattle and Do-si-do: Your Brain Loves to Dance

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's one thing to lose your keys, your phone, a wallet filled with credit cards. It's wildly upsetting, but it's all stuff you can get back. But losing your mind? Losing your memory? Your thoughts, in mid-stride, so you have to double back and ask yourself where was I going with that story about the guy I met in yoga class who has the apricot-...Read more

Anger in America: Mad Is Bad, So Manage Your Anger -- Or Else!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Who isn't angry about something these days?

Take my friend Sam: a sweet husband and docile dad, but put him in heavy traffic and he starts foaming at the ears. He's angry at stopped cars, passive drivers, even angry at himself for choosing the slowest lane.

Lisa has a hair trigger, too. She can go from friendly to furious in a single breath. (...Read more

Back to School Isn't Just for Kids. Study Up to Loosen Up!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

The run-up to Labor Day is always a bit of a letdown. I feel like summer fun is over and done -- where did July go? -- and it's time to sharpen my pencils and head back to school.

Who uses pencils? And what school? I haven't returned to the classroom since computers were the size of cruise ships, but when Labor Day comes around I still can't ...Read more

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