You Need Laughter

Humor is an important coping mechanism. Laughter not only makes us feel better–it also has honest health benefits. It can… Decrease stress hormones Increase blood flow, which improves heart function Burn calories (I’m not saying you should quit the gym–but it does burn calories!) Decrease anxiety Lower your blood pressure Teaching is stressful–so in my…

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It’s Fall!

Let’s face it–lots of us have been feeling fall-ish for a while now.  I’m actually eating a pumpkin spice muffin as I’m typing this. And speaking of pumpkin spice, click here for an indication that we’ve gone way too far with the obsession with this particular flavor! But I digress–fall is here! So here is…

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The ACE Test

I just took the ACE test, which measures adverse childhood experiences. My result? It was a zero, which means I’m lucky. I grew up in a household that was supportive and loving. My parents didn’t abuse me, take drugs, have a mental illness, or get divorced. (Some sources say that the national average of 2…

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A Fascinating Life

Roald Dahl, author of such wonderful tales as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, was born on this day in 1916. And this man not only wrote fascinating books, but he had a fascinating, sometimes tragic, life. Here are a few Roald Dahl facts: His first name is pronounced, “Roo–all.”…

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