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Use Your Words: How to Reduce Stress by Speaking Kindly This Season

<i>By Jan Bruce</i><p>The words you use to describe the holiday define your experience of the holiday. It's true. If you say to yourself, "Oh no, here come the holidays with their stress and exhaustion and pseudo-nostalgic crap," well, that's exactly what you'll expect -- and experience. And while you may …

Mindfulness

Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

<b>1.</b> Preheat oven to 450°F. Puree maple syrup, oil, vinegar, chipotles with sauce, and salt in a food processor or blender until smooth. Toss with sweet potatoes and spread on two baking sheets.<p><b>2.</b> Roast, stirring once, until tender, 30 to 35 minutes.<p><b>Makes 8 servings</b> <i>Per serving: 200 cal, 3.5 g fat (0</i> …

How Seeking Your Passion Boosts Self-Esteem

Have you ever had times in life when you simply weren't happy with yourself? You didn't feel good about your appearance. You weren't exercising or eating right. Your job was drudgery and your life was boring.<p>All of us experience periods when we're down on ourselves, when nothing we do seems good …

Self-esteem

7 Science-Backed Reasons Why Generosity Is Good For Your Health

Giving of yourself -- whether it be your time, energy or money -- isn't just a boon to those you're helping. A wealth of research shows that generosity can also have benefits for the giver, ranging from a better outlook at your job, to more years of life. Check out these science-backed reasons to …

Religious Coping Associated With Better Psychiatric Treatment Outcomes: Study

Prayer and belief that God has a plan could lead to better outcomes for psychiatric illness patients receiving short-term treatment, a small new study suggests.<p>Researchers found that religious coping is associated with improved treatment outcomes, compared with those who don't use that kind of …

'Memories' pass between generations

<b>Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.</b><p>Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations.<p>A Nature Neuroscience …

Genetics

School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents Say

When high school junior Nora Huynh got her report card, she was devastated to see that she didn't get a perfect 4.0.<p>Nora "had a total meltdown, cried for hours," her mother, Jennie Huynh of Alameda, Calif., says. "I couldn't believe her reaction."<p>Nora is doing college-level work, her mother says, …

How To Handle Being Overloaded And Overworked

<i>By Alison Green for U.S. News</i><p>If it seems like you're always stretched too thin and never have enough time to complete your work before three new projects are handed down to you -- always with the instructions that they're high-priority -- you probably need to talk with your manager about your …

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Compassion and the Art of Having Fun

The world is a competitive place. That is why it's important to remember the value of kindness and compassion, or we might be taken over by a will to succeed at all costs and never have any fun or experience true joy. There is a quote from the Dalai Lama: "If you want others to be happy, practice …

Mindfulness

Why I Weighed 320 Pounds: Overcoming Emotional Anxiety

How did I gain 150 pounds in 10 years?<p>The answer was difficult to come to. First, I had to admit my weight was the outcome of choices I made. Next I stopped punishing myself for making those choices. Finally, I dealt with the parallel between food and my emotions.<p>I was a compulsive eater. On my …

Mental Health

The Amazing Way This Hospital Is Fighting Physician Burnout

Hospitals have procedures and alerts in place to deal with practically anything that could possibly go wrong: "Code Red" for fire, "code blue" for medical emergencies, and "code white" for behavioral disturbances, to name a few. But the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has introduced a new alert, "Code …