November 21, 2014
When was the last time you sat down at the table to eat with your family? Decades ago, this was practice that happened once, twice, or sometimes even three times a day. But these days, between fast food and microwave meals, many people are missing out on this once-common practice. New research shows, however, that eating together as a family—or even as a couple or with friends—can have numerous tangible and intangible benefits.
More than half of Americans feel they eat fewer family dinners now than when they were growing up, according to recent polls But most Americans—92 percent—look forward to the family dinners they do have.
Why are we spending less time eating together when we enjoy it so much? Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, families find it harder to sit down for dinner. And some families even schedule a sit-down dinner! The typical full-time American employee clocks 47 hours work a week, more than many other countries where family di... [More]
November 19, 2014
Keira Knightley, the English actress famous for her roles in such films as Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride & Prejudice, has dared to pose topless in Interview Magazine—but only on the condition that the photos appear unedited.
"I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame," the 29-year-old actress told Britain’s The Times newspaper. "I've had (images of)* my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons."
She went on to tell the newspaper that she agreed to the photo shoot because she wanted people to see what she really looks like—without edits or enhancements to her breasts or other body parts.
In 2004, Knightley appeared on a poster for the film King Arthur with computer-altered breasts, setting off a firestorm among body image activists. She was the center of controversy again in 2006 when she and fellow actress Scarlett Johansson were photographed naked, posing next to fashion designer To... [More]
October 22, 2014
Dr Reive-Schmidt shares 4 tips to help with productivity and confidence - and avoid procrastination too. [More]
October 9, 2014
Between the names of football player Ray Rice and the newly crowned Miss America, domestic violence has dominated headlines in the past month. Rice’s assault on his then-fiancée, and now-wife, was caught on video and recently widely circulated, leading to scandal and accusations within the NFL. The new Miss America, Kira Kazantzev has chosen a platform that targets domestic violence, something which she herself has experienced.These high-profile stories have brought domestic violence, an often-invisible problem, to the forefront of public awareness. Physical and emotional abuse in family relationships is a problem that, due to its nature and complexity, too often gets brushed under the rug. Victims may remain silent out of fear or shame. Perpetrators, meanwhile, are too often not held accountable. Oftentimes, we try to distance ourselves from disturbing public health problems like domestic violence by claiming it’s an isolated problem, or that it only happens in othe... [More]
September 30, 2014
Since the 1960s, pet ownership in the United States has quadrupled, a growth rate much faster than the human population. About 67 million American homes count pets among their family members. Households with pets account for about 62 percent of the households in the United States, nearly twice the number of households with children.
If you’re a pet owner or pet parent, you can probably rattle off a long list of the benefits your furry friend brings to your life. For many people, cats and dogs offer companionship and unconditional love. For others, pets provide stimulation for mind, body, and spirit. More and more, science is showing that pet owners reap significant rewards, including boosts to health and happiness. Below are four ways pets improve our physical and mental health.
#1 Pets can improve your heart health. Cats and dogs not only hold a special place in our hearts, but they may actually help improve the health of this vital organ. Various studies show that pet owners ex... [More]
June 13, 2014
In Part 1 of this 5-part series, we introduced the Myers–Briggs Personality Indicator and its first pair of characteristics, Introversion and Extroversion. Part 2 covered the second pair, Intuition and Sensation; Part 3 the third pair, Thinking and Feeling; and Part 4 the fourth pair, Perception and Judgement. Remember that everyone, to varying degrees, has both of the characteristics described in each of the pairs of attributes. Here in Part 5 we provide some shorthand tips for interpreting and applying this remarkable tool to everyday life. [More]
June 3, 2014
If you think of full-fat dairy as a guilty indulgence, you’ll be happy to learn that a wave of recent research suggests that the conventional wisdom about low-fat versus whole-fat dairy may be an unfortunate food myth. We are now learning that whole milk products that include the butterfat don’t appear to be as bad for you as we’ve been led to believe over the last several decades. [More]
May 28, 2014
In Part 1, we introduced the Myers–Briggs Personality Indicator and the first pair of characteristics, Introversion and Extroversion. In Part 2 we covered the second pair, Intuition and Sensation, and in Part 3 the third pair, Thinking and Feeling. Here in Part 4 we explore the fourth pair, Perception and Judgement. Remember that everyone has, to varying degrees, both of the characteristics described in each of the pairs of attributes. The descriptions here are of extremes that rarely apply to real individuals, but rather indicate tendencies we all can recognize in ourselves and in others. [More]
May 25, 2014
It’s not easy to learn to love yourself in a culture where even famous beauties are told they’re not good enough. But by rejecting fashion’s norms and pressures, you will be happier, healthier, and more at peace. So what can you do today to love yourself as you are? [More]
May 14, 2014
In Part 1, we introduced the Myers–Briggs Personality Indicator® and the first pair of characteristics, Introversion and Extroversion. In Part 2 we explored the second pair, Intuition and Sensation, and here in Part 3, we take a look at the third pair, Thinking and Feeling. Remember that everyone has, to varying degrees, both of the characteristics described in each of the pairs of attributes. The descriptions here are of extremes that rarely apply to real individuals, but rather indicate tendencies we all can recognize in ourselves and in others. [More]