Good reading: positivity and health, intimacy, longevity and more

This post highlights some suggested readings that you may find helpful, informative or inspiring. I hope that you enjoy one or more of these. On positive attitude and healing Jane Brody, A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health (New York Times). This article highlights research studies documenting that a …

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What the food movement has accomplished, and hasn’t

I’ve written here before about the food movement–the range of initiatives and concerns, many distinct and even inconsistent–that relate in some way to the American way of growing, raising, manufacturing, marketing and consuming food, and the larger economic and political developments in the food economy. This piece from The New Food Economy collects reflections …

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Nobody’s perfect: the wisdom of an 80-20 split

When I studied positive psychology through the Whole Being Institute, Tal ben-Shahar, the lead instructor, emphasized the importance of giving ourselves “permission to be human.” In his book Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life, he notes a fundamental distinction between the perfectionist and the …

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Book review: Mark Bittman, VB6 – Eat Vegan Before 6:00

Before leaving his position as food and opinion writer for The New York Times, Mark Bittman published an innovative book that summarizes much of what he knows about eating and health: VB6 (which stands for Eat Vegan Before 6pm). The title contains the essential message: eat whatever you want for dinner in the evening, …

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Self-care: going against the stream

Have you considered how counter-cultural it is for Americans to take daily actions toward self-care and preventing illness? The prevailing social and economic environment in the U.S. today stacks the deck against making healthy choices. An awareness of this tends to creep up on people. Consider … How did hamburgers, orders of French fries and …

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