Endless parties, rounds of shopping, constant baking, daily cleaning, and unending guests can often squash your holiday spirit. If you want to make sure your holidays are as cheerful as the the festive moments portrayed on TV, you need to realize stress can undermine your holiday cheer, and holiday stress is basedRead More →

Two weeks ago, the yellow brick road I had been traveling on seemed to curl up under my toes and disappear. I discovered my younger brother had acute myeloid leukemia, which then precipitated numerous phone calls, doctor appointments, meetings, and decisions that ended with an emergency trip to the hospitalRead More →

A study published in March 2008 in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and conducted by Jeffery A. Dusek, et al., involved 122 patients over fifty-five years old who were taking two or more medications to lower their blood pressure. The test was to evaluate lifestyle modification versus relaxation response techniquesRead More →

Stress is a psychological and physical response to a threat or upsetting event that kicks the body’s defenses into high gear in a biological way, known as the “fight-or-flight” response. This flight-or-fight response results in tense muscles, a pounding heart, and fast breathing and was originally used by our early ancestorsRead More →

Some things give you the biggest bang for your buck, and if you pick out those big bangs in relation to your health, happiness, financial security, and the environment, you have a darn good chance of living a full and happy life. So, what things did I decide provide the biggest bang? Here’s theRead More →