What is the secret ingredient to a long + happy life? Good genes help. And good jeans help. But honestly? Quality friendships provide the biggest boost.
According to the Mayo Clinic, having people we can count on can:
- Intensify belonging and purpose
- Promote happiness and decrease stress
- Improve self-confidence and self-efficacy
- Help us better deal with bad events
- Encourage change or helps us avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits
In Okinowa, the community with the most people over 100 worldwide, they keep small circles of friends- typically 4 or 5- that they have committed to for life. Continue reading Food for (behavior changing) thought
Collectively, we’re an unhealthy bunch.
Our children? Vastly chubbier. Our blood pressure and cholesterol? Far higher. And our heart disease and cancer rates? Staggering as compared to 50 years ago. In the 1960s, only about 10% of us were obese. Today almost 40% of us are.
I read an article today that also noted suicide and depression are at a 30-year high.
We are obese and sad! And it’s heart breaking!
What are we doing wrong? And better yet- why aren’t we changing?
Over years of counseling clients, I’ve asked myself this question countless times. Why isn’t my patient reaching the goals we set? And how can I help?
I just finished reading a book on trauma and children- it was a book Dr. P ordered and was written by a child psychiatrist. We are all familiar with what a habit is, but this author was elegant and engaging in his description of the brain and its neurological pathways as they relate to habitual behavior.
Basically, when we do something a number of times, we literally carve a path in our brain matter. Much like a path in the woods heavily trodden, this neurological marking makes it more likely we will follow this same behavior without much thought in the future. Continue reading On where to start to lose weight and be healthier