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“Don’t” Messages Don’t Work

Don’t smoke. Don’t eat sweets. Don’t drink too much. “Don’t” statements like these offer advice in a simple, succinct way. But does telling people what NOT to do actually support them in making better choices? A recent Cornell study examined public health messages, positive and negative, and found that fear-based “don’t” messages work for experts, .. read more

Take Control of Self-Talk

One study suggests we have 50,000 thoughts per day on average. Our thoughts, which are generated by our questions, judgments, beliefs, and more, race chaotically through our mind all day and build an incessant internal dialogue. Are you aware of the conversation in your head? Are you in control of it? In psychology, this inner .. read more

Is Your Active Job Active Enough?

Do you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day? Are you constantly walking back and forth, racking up those 10,000 steps, or more, that you have heard we should be hitting each day? If so, there is good news for you. Studies done by the Mayo Clinic have shown .. read more

Health Educators, Please Stop “Educating”

An article recently released by Money investigated current economic trends to predict the fastest growing jobs. I was excited to see that one of the “best jobs you’ve never heard of” is a Health Educator. I have been a practicing Health Educator since 2004 and have witnessed the demand for these professionals increase over the .. read more

Beating the Winter Blues

If you live in a colder climate, around this time of year, you may notice that the winter weather conditions have taken a toll on your mental wellness. During cold, dark, and dreary winter months, the lack of sun exposure and the inability to be outdoors for extended periods of time may contribute to feelings .. read more

Hardwire Your Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Will Durant We all have ideas of what we want for ourselves. We want to eat better, exercise more, take time for ourselves, decrease stress, become organized, save money…this list goes on. So if we know what we want, why .. read more

Put People-Pleasing in its Place

Being someone who others can count on has always been important to me. As a child, I learned that making others happy brought me a sense of gratification. When left to babysit my two younger siblings, I would ensure that my parents would return to a sparkling clean house. While my brother and sister were .. read more

4 Ways to Overcome Urges for Immediate Gratification

“Anything worth having in life is worth working for.” This quote by Andrew Carnegie often comes to my rescue when my inner four-year-old is on the verge of a tantrum – she wants something, and she wants it right NOW. She shows up in many aspects of my life: “I want to make more money .. read more

A New Spin on Traditional Relationship Advice

“Pick your battles” is a phrase I often hear people say to friends, newlyweds or their younger protégés. I also often hear people advise one another to “wait for the right moment” to talk about issues. These beliefs have often confused me. “Picking my battles” usually means I brush unexpressed feelings under the rug. When .. read more

The Spirit of Giving: Not Just for the Holidays

With February around the corner, it’s hard to believe that just over a month ago, we were in the midst of the holiday season. Looking back on that time now, I remember much of it as a blur of shopping for presents, decorating the house, and baking what seemed like endless trays of cookies. But .. read more

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