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Be positive! It's good for your health

John Clague

By John Clague

"We engage in emotional contagion," says Sigal Barsade, a Wharton management professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who studies the influence of emotions on the workplace. "Emotions travel from person to person like a virus," she says.

Many of us have experienced this in one way or another. But its affect on health, especially of our elder populations, is now being documented. 

Barsade is the co-author of a new paper titled, "Why Does Affect Matter in Organizations?" Barsade's research has taken her into a variety of workplaces, most recently long-term care facilities. She found that... 

This blog by John Clague was published on The Oregonian on September 12, 2012.

As it turns out, happiness can buy health and longevity


By Grace Fuller

A few years ago I was sitting in a quiet square in the Barcelona district of Gracia. It was an autumn afternoon and I was trying to make sense of the not too recent changes that had occurred in my professional life. I was weighing the pros and cons of the decision I had made to return to Spain, leaving behind a career that I loved in digital journalism.

Suddenly, a woman with bright brown eyes and short gray hair who was about 80 years old sat down beside me. “Come on! There are plenty of empty benches,” I thought, a little bothered. I had nothing against this lady, who was wearing such lovely perfume. I just wanted to be alone for a while, to think about the challenges I was facing.

This blog by Grace Fuller was published on La Prensa San Diego on September 7, 2012.

Health care for healthy hearts


By Cynthia Barnett

September 29 is World Heart Day, but this year there may be new meaning to it.

Not just because it continues as the leading cause of death in the US.

Not just because Rosie O’Donnellreportedly sustained a minor heart attack, from which she thankfully recovered.

Or because of Sen. Paul Ryan’s family history of heart disease. No, I mean that in addition to the steps to prevent heart disease, beyond the latest medical treatments, there may be greater coverage of a new approach: a thought-based approach.

This blog by Cynthia Barnett was published on Wilmington Faith and Values on September 4, 2012.

Can divine light outshine the darkness of self-loathing?

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

Despite leaving university with a newly-minted mathematics degree in my back pocket a passion for music saw me take a cool but unlikely first step up the career ladder. I stacked shelves at a hip London record store.

A colleague and I shared a love for all things Bruce Springsteen and one afternoon I accepted her invite to hang out and listen to a treasured Boss bootleg.

As the musical genius of Springsteen and his E-Street band battled bravely with this illicit vinyl’s cocktail of scratchiness, unwanted echoes and untimely fades she nonchalantly rolled a joint and lit up.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published in the Washington Post on September 10, 2012.

Paralympians raise the bar and live the ‘Spirit in Motion’


By Carey Arber

The International Paralympic Committee’s motto: “’Spirit in Motion’ reflects the achievements of elite athletes who push themselves to their limits and exceed expectations in their sport every day.”.

No matter how disabled athletes are classified, there are individual and collective mental battles to be won. How to lose graciously and stay motivated despite defeat; overcome sickness resulting from the strain; to be courageous and trusting; and all the etceteras.

“Young Australian of the Year” (2005), Nick Vujicic says, “If you can’t get a miracle, become one.”. Born without arms or legs, he even surfs! Nick went on to be an author and motivational speaker about overcoming mental and physical limitations.

This blog by Carey Arber was published on Sydney Central on August 29, 2012.

How do negative suggestions influence health?

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

Suggestions change people. They do. Whether they are mental or audible suggestions, behavioral and physical modifications take place.

Take for example, a shy friend. He loosens up immediately and becomes the life of the party when wine is set in front of him. The transformation takes place before the alcohol ever reaches his lips. The expectation or suggestion of relaxation frees him.

Then there’s pain. It can disappear when sugar pills are ingested or after someone undergoes a fake surgery. Of course, this phenomenon is the placebo effect. The suggestion of relief can alleviate pain.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on August 27, 2012.

Healthy aging begins with a dose of optimism

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

My friend calls them “organ recitals” – those all-too-frequent occasions when our conversations with one another end up being nothing more than a depressing recap of bodily aches and pains. Although by no means restricted to one age group or another, experience would suggest that they’re more commonly heard amongst the elderly.

As it turns out, though, this kind of gloomy chit chat belies the fact that most older Americans are actually quite optimistic about their future. Even about their health.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on August 31, 2012.

Race to health opens door for spirituality

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

There seems to be an urgency when it comes to health care. Perhaps, because of this, more consideration is being given to thought, spirituality, and the powerful connection they have to well-being.

Last year, the American Psychological Association revealed that the use of prayer for health concerns significantly increased from forty-three percent in 2002 to forty-nine percent in 2007.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on August 20, 2012.

The 10 healthiest thoughts on the planet

The 10 healthiest thoughts on the planet by Anna Bowness-Park

A dog’s love heals both mind and body

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

His name is Juan Carlos – a rather distinguished moniker, to be sure, especially for a dog. But Juan Carlos is no ordinary dog. He’s been specially trained as a psychiatric service animal to provide emotional support to a friend of mine who suffers from severe anxiety, enabling her to rely far less on drugs to keep her condition in check and a lot more on the unconditional love that dogs seem especially adept at providing.

As “touchy feely” as this may sound, there’s quite a lot of hard evidence to support the notion that love – both given and received by pooches and people alike – can have a measurable impact on our health.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on August 17, 2012.

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