Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Economic Fitness

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We thought we’d end our week on a lighter note (!) and talk about some low-cost, low-tech ways to get in shape. If we are going to take some responsibility for our health and fitness and save money at the … Continue reading

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Health Updates 29 July 2011

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Health care spending to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for $1 out of every $5 in the economy: “By comparison, US health care spending this year is projected to top $2.7 trillion, or about $8,650 per capita, roughly $1 … Continue reading

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Tempering Your Temper

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With all of our talk recently about family medical histories and advance health care directives and living wills – all of which require peacekeeping, tact and discreet conversations with the family – and, just lately, the importance of optimism and … Continue reading

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Health Updates 28 July 2011

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Hypnosis helps ease pain of surgery and recovery: “These patients are sedated but aware, and doctors say their recovery time is faster and their need for painkillers reduced.  This method is feasible for only certain types of operations.” (Associated Press) … Continue reading

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The Happiness Primer

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You can indeed practice to be happier.  If you find this really hard to accept, just trust us on this.  You know your thoughts and choices and actions can make you feel miserable, so why not consider the other side … Continue reading

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Health Updates 27 July 2011

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The Web: Just as Addictive as Cigarettes and Booze: “The British study, conducted by the consumer behavior research company Intersperience, shows that 53% of people feel ‘upset’ when they are unable to have an Internet connection, and 40% of people … Continue reading

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Practicing Happiness? Really?

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Yes.  You can practice happiness.  There is actually a bit of science to back this up.  Only a very small percentage – less than 10% – of the variation in reports of contentment or happiness can be attributed to a … Continue reading