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The Science of Smiling

When we are happy, our natural response is to smile. But if you flip that around, does the reverse hold true? When we smile, is our natural response then to be happy? Science says yes. In fact, even faking or forcing a smile reduces stress and makes you happier. Show More Summary

Are We All Insane?

The Tao Master raised his cup of green tea to eye level, its handle facing me. "What do you see?" he asked. "A tea cup and its handle," I replied. "You're wrong," he said. "This is a tea cup with no handle." Everybody Believes That Their Own Point of View is Correct It's an empirical statement in the least, probably a bit dull and tea cuppy. Show More Summary

15 Complaints From a Lip Reader

I've been lip reading for as long as I can remember... First a basic lesson in lip reading: It's interpreting the movements of the lips, face, tongue and sometimes throat. Because of this, many letters are mixed up because they look identical on the lips but not hearing the voiced part, such as p & b, k & g, f & v, and so on. Show More Summary

The Best Day to Start a Goal

Setting goals is important. And starting them is a pretty big deal. Why? It marks the beginning of change. When you take action for what you want personally or professionally. We all know how tough it can be to follow through on your goals. Show More Summary

Insomnia in the Culture of Control

A few months ago during a weekend getaway to Nafplio- Greece, I decided to climb the 999 steps leading to the ancient castle of Palamidi. It was drizzling and I couldn't convince anyone in the group to join in the hike. I was dropped off at the bottom, cellphone-less but with my iPod. Show More Summary

Why Would I Be Low in Vitamin D?

My doctors and I test blood levels of vitamin D on everyone we see in our clinic. When the results come in, two things happen: 1. Pretty much everyone is low in vitamin D. 2. Pretty much everyone is shocked that they are low in vitamin D. Why worry about vitamin D? It's important. Show More Summary

The Healing Power of Gratitude

"You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight."--Elizabeth Gilbert Gratitude is perhaps the most important key to finding success and happiness in the modern day. Show More Summary

You Still Have Something Important to Do

You still have something important to do -- even if you can't see it right now. Even when you feel lost and pointless, without direction, floating in grief -- that great thing still lives inside of you. Deep down. When the time is right...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Stay Strong: How Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Affects People Living With HIV/AIDS

Shakedowns. Witchhunts. Shocking Diagnosis. Debauchery. Devastating. Ex-lovers' horror. Hysteria. Each of these powerful words screamed from the headlines when Charlie Sheen disclosed his HIV status. They unfortunately prove that, for...Show More Summary

Emerging Crisis for Seniors: It's Probably Not What You Think

As November is National Caregiver Month, I wanted to shine a light on a topic that caregivers and their loved ones are facing at increasing rates, but that very few people are talking about in public - senior malnutrition. The sheer number of malnourished elderly adults is truly staggering. Show More Summary

You're Doing Squats All Wrong

Do you know squat about the body-weight squat? When done correctly, the popular movement -- which is one of the best leg exercises because it targets the lower body, including the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps -- can be super effective (hello, Jen Selter). Show More Summary

Why We Need to Cry More

Do you remember the last time you cried? It's a difficult question to answer, and not necessarily because it's hard to recall. It's because it reminds us of a personal and intimate experience, or perhaps of a humiliating moment of aShow More Summary

Are Our Plates Too Full? A Nation Confronts Addiction

Yesterday evening, thanks largely to the influence and convening power of Mehmet Oz, the nation was invited to talk about addiction. Among those weighing in to lend support, on air and via social media, was the nation's Surgeon General, Dr. Show More Summary

Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C virus (HCV), an epidemic impacting up to 3.9 million people in the U.S., could be a rare disease by 2035. How can we so confidently project such an outrageous shift? We can attribute this largely to two factors: updates in HCV screening guidelines and the launch of oral direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) to treat chronic HCV infection. Show More Summary

Ask JJ: Optimized Brain Health

Dear JJ: I read about your son's tragic hit-and-run accident a few years ago and how you became a big brain-health advocate. Without taking extreme measures like swallowing fistfuls of supplements, what are some easy ways to promote my brain from age-related damage and decline? In our quest for perfect abs, brain health often gets short shift. Show More Summary

How Community Involvement Has Helped Me Thrive With Schizophrenia

One sunny afternoon early this month, I took my dog Cooper for a walk around the meadow behind my wife's and my home. As Cooper and I followed the trail, I sank into reverie. I would attend an intimate fundraising dinner for presidential...Show More Summary

Why Don't Women Get the Truth About Mammograms?

Photo credit: monkeybusinessimages/Thinkstock Last month, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released a new set of guidelines for breast cancer screening. This left many of us with more questions -- now six different groups recommend three different ages to start screening. Show More Summary

20 facts you didn't know about the disease that is today the number one infectious disease killer in the world

By Dr Lucica Ditiu Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership Geneva, Switzerland Even though we are in the XXI century, there is a disease that is still claiming a huge number of lives, similar to what was happening in the 18th and 19th century. Show More Summary

Who Wants to Be Vulnerable At Work?

"Who wants to be vulnerable at work?" It's a question I often ask during workshops or speaking engagements. And surprise: Very few hands go up. I understand why. We are programed to act as if we know what we are doing at work, even in moments when we have no clue. Show More Summary

Mental Health Reform From a Therapeutic Jurisprudence Perspective

Canons four and five of the Florida Rules of Judicial Conduct encourage Judges to comment on matters impacting the administration of justice. My comments are directed as to current legislation being proposed, "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis" (H.R. Show More Summary

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