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Don't let summer just happen

Most people, from young children to senior citizens, look forward to the opportunities of summer. While they may complain some days about the heat and humidity, the warmer weather and slower pace offers a chance to relax, to take... — Updated 6/13/2019

 

Motivate your children to do more

Children can be amazing. They develop new cellphone apps, set athletic records, volunteer with the elderly and perform lots of good deeds. Unfortunately, much of the time it seems these are someone else’s children. For many... — Updated 6/7/2019

 

Relaxing – A skill everyone needs to learn

People live in a world that produces lots of stress. While stress can sometimes help motivate them to focus and act, a lot of stressful things are not productive and harmful. Stress might help motivate someone to meet that new proj... — Updated 5/30/2019

 

Make sports a healthy part of a child's life

Society places a great deal of emphasis on sports. People see professional athletes paid astronomical salaries and find the broadcast airways filled with almost endless coverage of all types of sporting events. All that visibility... — Updated 5/3/2019

 

Don't let the romance disappear

Yes, Valentine’s Day was a number of weeks ago. Maybe it was a great day or maybe it was just another day of the month, but however it happened is history. What really matters now is how your romantic relationship is doing... — Updated 4/19/2019

 

Yes, seniors can age gracefully

As people age, things change. Some of those changes are obvious in the mirror, while others become evident when a flight of stairs leaves them out of breath or when seniors can’t remember the name of that cousin in Omaha.... — Updated 4/19/2019

 

Learn to let your children make mistakes

What parent doesn't want to protect their children, to see them safe, healthy and happy? Such concerns are part of their DNA, inherited from their ancestors and their dangerous world. While today’s children don’t need... — Updated 4/12/2019

 

Recognizing depression in seniors

Everyone feels sad at times. Numerous things in life can leave people feeling blue. For most people, this feeling is usually a passing emotion that diminishes with time but for some people this sadness can be severe, long-lasting... — Updated 3/28/2019

 

Balance aging parents and family demands

Today more people are living longer. The changes in people’s lifestyles, along with improved health care, have meant that it is more common for people live into their 80s and 90s. That’s the good news, but these longer life... — Updated 3/8/2019

 

Balance aging parents and family demands

Today more people are living longer. The changes in people’s lifestyles, along with improved health care, have meant that it is more common for people live into their 80s and 90s. That’s the good news, but these longer life... — Updated 2/21/2019

 

Steps toward a mentally healthier you

It’s true that most people don’t give their mental health much attention unless they’re facing a serious problem. That’s too bad, because in today’s complicated world most people could stand to reduce their stress and... — Updated 2/14/2019

 

Are you ready to help a friend?

Humans beings are just naturally social creatures, some people more so than others. Most people enjoy interactions with others, sharing thoughts and happenings and learning from friends. While many of these relationships are... — Updated 2/8/2019

 

Get the most from a doctor's visit

This time of year tends to bring on more illnesses. So it’s especially important for people to pay attention if they have an elderly parent or other relative or friend who may need help facing the flu or other illnesses. Influenz... — Updated 1/31/2019

 

Do your children think vaping is a safe alternative?

While adults are aware that cigarette smoking is dangerous and unhealthy, it’s still a serious and difficult addiction for many people. And while most smokers may want to quit, most of them certainly don’t want their children... — Updated 1/31/2019

 

Are the winter blues getting you down?

With winter here, perhaps people are not quite feeling their normal selves. Maybe they’re a bit sluggish, a little irritable, sleeping longer or just feeling a little down in general? Welcome to what’s commonly called the... — Updated 1/10/2019

 

Sleeping well is vital to good health

Want to have less stress and anxiety in life, along with generally better health? Then start getting more, and better, sleep. It’s simple advice but for millions of people it’s often difficult to accomplish. The American Sleep... — Updated 1/4/2019

 

Stick with exercise for better physical and mental health

It isn’t news that there are many benefits to regular exercise, yet this nation still faces a growing obesity problem, high levels of stress and increased incidences of depression, despite the fact that numerous studies show... — Updated 12/27/2018

 

Don't let worry get the best of you

In today’s world, countless things can cause people to worry. Their health, job security, financial issues, school shootings, current politics and the list of potential worries seems endless. While people can’t eliminate all o... — Updated 12/21/2018

 

Don't let worry take over

In today’s world, countless things can cause worry. Between health, job security, financial issues, school shootings, current politics and more, the list of potential worries seems endless. While people can’t eliminate all... — Updated 12/14/2018

 

How to say 'no' to a child's holiday demands

The holidays can make many people feel like “children” again. It’s mostly a happy time, but it is also a season with heavy doses of marketing pressure. Usually adults are able to control the impulses brought on by all those... — Updated 12/7/2018

 

Face it – Holidays are rarely perfect

Seasonal TV shows, sparkling gifts in stores, magazines full of beautiful holiday scenes. People are often shown the holiday season as an amazing and joyful time, but maybe personal holidays aren’t quite so perfect. And it can... — Updated 11/29/2018

 

Parents can help teenagers deal with peer pressure

Parents like to think they’re the most important influence in their children’s lives, and that’s probably true up to a certain age but then the outside world, in the form of school and friends, intrudes. By the time a child... — Updated 11/9/2018

 

Is it time for that career change?

Current news reports seem to show that in many areas of the country the economy is performing strongly. Housing prices are up, corporate profits are increasing and unemployment rates in most places are at historic lows. An... — Updated 9/21/2018

 

Do your children really know how you feel about them?

Parents normally have many feelings and emotional reactions related to their children. Of course, they love them, are happy for them and sometimes are driven crazy by them, but one of the things that research has shown is that... — Updated 8/30/2018

 

Good mental health is no different from good physical health

Seeing a physician isn’t embarrassing if someone has the flu, a high fever or other serious health problem. No one will criticize someone for seeking medical help for a physical health problem and, indeed, most people would... — Updated 8/22/2018

 

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