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We enter into this world by way of our parents, who provide us (in most cases) with our first example of a romantic relationship. From this point on, we learn about how their dynamic works, and also about how it doesn’t. While various friendships form the foundation of intimate relationships during our youth, adolescence and young adulthood are when we become more focused on the importance of sexuality and romantic relationships. This is developmentally appropriate,[…]

I’m sure we’ve all experienced some form of anxiety at some point in our lives. Whether it was right before a big presentation or while waiting to see if you got a promotion at work, anxiety has always had a prominent presence in our lives. But for many of us anxiety is not just an isolated emotion, but rather a collection of fears. There’s a fear of limited control and a lack of understanding, which[…]

    What if everything you ever learned about weight loss was wrong? What if losing weight has nothing to do with calories — counting them or cutting them out by sheer willpower? What if, in fact, most health professionals (including doctors and dietitians), our own government and especially the food industry are giving us weight loss advice guaranteed to make us fat? Here’s their mantra: “Eat less and exercise more. The secret to weight[…]

Dr. Swallows Analysis 5 Dinner Habits That Affect Your Weight Loss Goals Every meal you consume counts, especially dinner, as it’s the last meal of the day and your body finally gets to relax. Unknowingly, you might be hampering your weight loss journey by making some serious mistakes on the dinner table. Here’s what you’re doing wrong that may derail you from your weight loss journey: 1. The timing: Eating right before bedtime and climbing[…]

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the popularity of CrossFit these days. There are more than 10,000 CrossFit affiliates worldwide. There’s an unaffiliated “functional fitness league” (the National Professional Grid League). And later this week, open registration begins for Reebok CrossFit Games, which is televised every year on ESPN. But what is it, exactly? CrossFit is defined as constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity, and if you’ve ever run into an[…]

Most diet and fitness experiments are planned and measured. Faithful readers recall my 30-day Paleo experiment or my recap of Gluten-Free January. Of course, there are dozens of other people doing experiments all over the place (like Johnny B. Truant, who’s documenting his experience on the slow-carb diet and biphasic sleep. And you, dear reader, probably have some experiments of your own brewing in the lab. I didn’t plan on running a sleep experiment, but[…]

I know many people will be able to relate to the points below and I myself have and still do experience these ‘truths’ about not succeeding my dreams or goals. Many of these truths are obvious but many people do not accept or realize that they do them on a regular basis and blame other forces for their un-satisfied lives. I hope though that having more awareness as to why your situation in life is[…]

A few years back, Harvard conducted a study to reiterate what many in the psych professionals already know – Americans are addicted to anti-depression meds. We (though not myself) pop Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, Paxil, and Zoloft pills like they are candy in an attempt to boost mood and feel better. The increase in sales of anti-depressants is up a startling 400%. This pill-popping became the norm, even though clinical studies suggest there are numerous natural[…]

  My alarm is set to the song “Happy”. It’s impossible to not smile when this song plays. This, combined with the other habits below, set the tone for a productive, happy and healthy day. 1. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. This rehydrates your body, revs up your digestive system, and gets things flowing. You may notice positive changes like clearer skin and better digestion. Bonus points if you[…]

  There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that sleep is important. It rejuvenates the body, refreshes the mind, and if you go too long without it, it can literally kill you. 1. You approach the end of the work day with more energy According to studies, if you don’t get enough sleep, you reach exhaustion around 11% faster than people who get enough sleep. That may not sound like a lot but in an[…]

    Sometimes your job can really be a grind — but quitting isn’t always a realistic option. So what can you do to becomehappier with the job you have? Here are four stories from the latest research that can make your job more meaningful and make you happier at the office.   Change Your Job Description Cleaning the floors in a hospital isn’t anyone’s dream job. Emptying trash cans in patient rooms doesn’t feel[…]

The journey of life can feature mountain peaks of happiness and valleys of suffering. Unfortunately the moments of happiness tend to be fleeting and the moments of suffering seem to go on for forever. Did you know that it is possible to find happiness through suffering without having to look up at the next mountain peak you’re trying to climb? The key to finding happiness through suffering is to actively seek out contentment. Being content[…]

You ultimately become what you repeatedly do. If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. Here are a few examples of the latter that will steal your happiness if you let them. 1. Focusing On Everyone’s Story Except Your Own. Don’t be so satisfied with the success stories of others and how things have gone for them that you forget to write your own. Unfold your own tale and bring it to life. You[…]

  There’s no getting around the fact that in order to lose weight safely and permanently, you need to eat healthy food and get plenty of exercise. For that you need to remain motivated. The minute you loose motivation, you will lose your battle with weight.   Easy Weight Loss Exercise Exercising burns calories and builds muscle, which is essential for increasing your metabolism so that you can burn even more calories and lose more[…]

Romantic relationships are dynamic. They continuously change, reflecting circumstances, stresses, and the everyday ups and downs experienced by both partners. What happens to “me” and to “you” ultimately affects “us.” The healthiest relationships have partners who routinely (if subconsciously) check in with themselves, their partner, and their relationship to see how things are going and to make changes as necessary. How can you respond to relationship changes? A great starting place is to evaluate your[…]

When it comes to improving your wellbeing, what would you be willing to try? Instead of fighting food cravings to lose weight, would you be willing to just accept these thoughts? Rather than trying to forget about what’s upsetting you, would you be willing to write about your emotional experiences for around 15 minutes each day, to improve your mental and physical health? Perhaps instead of gritting your teeth next time you feel stressed, you[…]

Your morning can be that make-or-break time that sets you up for a good day or a bad day. Here are 11 habits you can establish that will put you on the path of stringing together good day after good day. 1. Drink a Glass of Warm Lemon Water Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an excellent way to get your body going. It’s like oil for[…]

1. Toggl Time management is a common sore spot among many intelligent people. Where does your time go? You can find out by using this app. You simply tell the app what you are doing, start the timer, and stop it when you are finished. You will be able to better manage your time with this app, and the basic version is free. If you want all of the features, it is just $5 per[…]

Nowadays you can have more than just fun with your apps – you can also use them to become smarter. Here are 30 apps you can use to help your memory, challenge your IQ, and help you to expand your brain. Tools To Lead A Smarter Life 1. Casual Casual helps handle tasks and projects in a new way: the app is amazingly visual. You plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart.[…]

Getting the right things done is a daily struggle for most entrepreneurs. The battle cry of an entrepreneur’s struggle is “boy am I busy!” Are you really that busy or does it just make you feel good to say that? When I ask entrepreneurs or business executives “why are you so busy?” I get a “to-do” list recitation. But what are you really getting done? Are you tackling the right items on your list? Are[…]

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