Energy Express from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:57:49 -0700 Energy Express from Creators Syndicate 6a087541723b6aeb2e9b879f70b6425d Spring Forward! When Seasons Shift, So Can We for 03/20/2018 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Spring has sprung. So what? So now's an extraordinarily good time to notice that the birds are chirping, the buds are popping and your own body is primed and pumped to push you down the path to your own personal well-being. </p> <p>"Springtime is in the air," writes Kenneth Cohen, a qi gong master. "A good time for spring cleaning of mind and body through meditation, healing practices, eating spring greens, drinking herbal tonics and bathing in natural hot springs."<p>Updated: Tue Mar 20, 2018</p> 1b3febf3d06369723adafd81e633a96a What's the No. 1 Sport for Getting Into Shape? Guess Again for 03/13/2018 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week was the last hurrah... until next winter... for my most invigorating and humbling workout: cross-country skiing. The sun was dazzling; the snow was fluffy, and the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort in Soda Springs, California &#8212; one of the largest ski centers in North America &#8212; had half of their vast network of trails nicely groomed and open for business.</p> <p>If only I were Norwegian. They are the Olympic gods of cross-country skiing, and I am a mere mortal, an enthusiastic intermediate who always prefers easier greens to risky blues, uphills to downhills, meditative pauses to killer sprints.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 13, 2018</p> 8668a7763f7f40d691ed9fcf990c690c Stand Up to Confusion: Fake News About Standing Desks for 03/06/2018 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Sit happens, which is why I've become wildly enthusiastic about the health benefits of standing desks. (FYI: No company is paying me to say this. Darn.) </p> <p>The science is in: Sitting too much, crushing your kishkes, stagnating your blood, blocking the flow of energy for six, eight, 10 hours a day, is an insult to your well-being.</p> <p>It's been linked to much bigger risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and so much more. I'm definitely on my soapbox when it comes to recommending standing desks to my family and friends, strangers at farmers markets and, of course, the seated men and women who come to hear me talk about my new book, which has a whole chapter dedicated to the wonders of standing more and sitting less. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 06, 2018</p> 998c04440218b0bb58846473efc039b3 Anxious? Who Isn't? Time to Move With Mindfulness for 02/27/2018 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"Adam" is a guy I've created to illustrate one big and fascinating idea from a new book by British psychotherapist William Pullen: Movement is medicine. </p> <p>Yes! Forget the word "exercise" for now. Just moving our bodies &#8212; walking, dancing, jogging, preferably in nature &#8212; can help free us from stress, emotional pain and whatever else we're dealing with that makes our bodies feel stuck, unsettled and depressed. </p> <p>This therapeutic connection between the mind and body isn't a theory; it's a fact of life. Your body is self-healing and wondrous, and when you move it you automatically get the health benefits that come from the blood and lymph flowing, the molecules of emotion circulating, the tissues nourished, the joints juiced. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 27, 2018</p> 862a21b8f03df807b8e5e0a4f34ae86d Going for Gold: How to Champion Your Inner Olympian for 02/20/2018 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I'll miss the Olympics when it ends, if it ever ends. I've been tethered to the tube night after night, chip after chip, dazzled by the incredible athleticism on display, constantly humming the Olympic theme song that keeps repeating and repeating: <i>Dum-dum, da-dum-dum-dum-dum...</i> It almost makes me want to run out and buy a Toyota.</p> <p>Can you believe how fast Mikaela Shiffrin skis? How high Aljona Savchenko flies in the triple twist lift? And I'm loving the human drama, from Nathan Chen's shocking falls to Lindsey Vonn's phenomenal grace under pressure &#8212; and what about all those fabulous things Johnny Weir is doing with his pompadour? <p>Updated: Tue Feb 20, 2018</p> 452fdbcca458764f5c56653a945800ae The Biggest and Best Thing You Don't Know About Well-Being for 02/13/2018 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Let's pretend we're sitting down, face to face, and after some easy chitchat about two-time Olympian Johnny Weir's fabulous fashion statements, I put on my reporter's hat and ask you this one dizzying question: What is the single most crucial factor when it comes to living a happy, healthy life?</p> <p>Take a breath. Reflect. Have a glass of something. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 13, 2018</p> ec0113043e9bde266510742fc0480eb3 Take Heart: You're the Cupid You've Been Waiting For for 02/06/2018 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I'm taking Valentine's Day to heart this year for one good reason: So many hearts are feeling the stress of all that's going on. Anxiety is the cheesy chicken-fried steak of the healthy heart, the open heart, the heart that is so at ease, you barely flinch when someone cuts in line or steals your parking place. </p> <p>Whether it comes from politics, the stock market, the office or the ongoing dramas and traumas in your own house, stress strains the heart and gets in the way of your personal well-being. Big-time.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 06, 2018</p> e7b7c8baec38960d7d59cbebb40ef94f Go Deeper... and Live a Big, Juicy Life for 01/30/2018 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>All the research circles back to the same fascinating/terrifying conclusion: New Year's resolutions are made to be broken. No one keeps them. It's now a month into 2018: Do you even remember what your resolution was?</p> <p>I'm pretty sure mine involved potato chips. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 30, 2018</p> 33084accf794f5cb688f991bbe8184b2 Sick of Dieting? Sick from Dieting? Read This Now. for 01/23/2018 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What's the worst thing you can do if you want to lose weight? </p> <p>Go on a diet.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 23, 2018</p> f9eba0be6e36513431ca90b76c8bc1b9 Vaccines Are Iffy, so Do 1 More Thing to Resist the Flu for 01/16/2018 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I was driving the other morning, listening to Forum &#8212; one of my favorite radio interview shows. The topic of the day was the flu. </p> <p>The Flu! After a few noisy coughs, I leaned right in, because pretty much everyone I know either has the flu, had the flu or is about to get the flu.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 16, 2018</p> a8ccfb8cb4a82048b90c7505c99b711b A New Year's Revelation! Tiny Habits Lead to Big Changes for 01/09/2018 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What? You've already failed to keep your New Year's resolutions?</p> <p>Of course you have. Welcome to human nature. And don't feel badly. Zillions of your fellow Americans are also failing to give up nachos, sleep seven hours a night, bicycle to work, defend their souls against time-sucking small-screen devices. Great intentions, depressing results. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 09, 2018</p> 5d23ec4075b4ff24f3b20cb889276e40 Small Moves and Big Government: Well-Being Matters in 2018 for 01/02/2018 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>New Year clearances are happening all over town, including my own desk, piled high with articles, notebooks and coffee-stained press releases leftover from 2017. It's an activity, like skinny-dipping, that I highly recommend. </p> <p>One thing I am keeping is an intriguing new book called "The Psychobiotic Revolution," by Scott C. Anderson, John F. Cryan and Ted Dinan. It explains the cutting-edge science that proves your gut and your brain are interconnected, and why many foods we innocently eat mess up our physical and mental health, causing depression, anxiety &#8212; Alzheimer's, too. </p> <p>(Maintain your microbiome! The research is in. Does your doctor even know how to spell microbiome?) <p>Updated: Tue Jan 02, 2018</p> 8261c534bdad7468640133e6cfd2070a Resolutions 'R' Us: How to Make 'Em So You Don't Break 'Em for 12/26/2017 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find the "Off" button on our mobile phones.</p> <p>"I want to start exercising every day!" <p>Updated: Tue Dec 26, 2017</p> 6794151ef3523474099feadab6c4c0b7 Winter Solstice Review: From Dark to Light to Well-Being for 12/19/2017 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's time for my end-of-the-year roundup, a merry and maddening mix of noteworthy trends, predictions and possibilities, partial at best. The thread throughout is about personal well-being and how you can choose to make health and happiness a priority in 2018, leaving behind all the oppressive, outrageous and otherwise horrifying developments of 2017. </p> <p>2017'S HOTTEST TREND: THE RISE OF THE POTHEAD. "Potheads" &#8212; now that I've gotten your attention &#8212; is the collective nickname for people who worship the Instant Pot, a popular brand of electric multi-cookers that have gone viral and revolutionized the home cooking industry. So? It's what positive change looks like. The more people cook real food, stews and soups in their own homes, the less processed food, chemicals and additives they eat. And if substituting real food for fake toxic processed food isn't at the top of your list of New Year's resolutions lurching into 2018, it should be. At least think about it. </p> <p>2017'S NO. 1 KEY TO FEELING BETTER: It's still exercise. You must be tired of hearing this. Please excuse. Moving your body every day, doing some physical activity &#8212; sweeping the floor, planting a garden and taking a 15-minute walk count &#8212; is still the single best thing you can do for whatever ails you, from depression to diabetes, from heart disease to headaches. Running? Dancing? Slow yoga? Whatever your choice, the research shows you don't have to do a whole heck of a lot lot of exercise to make a difference. In fact, going from sedentary to <i>something</i> can produce profound changes in how you feel. So start where you are, even if your favorite emojis are the couch and potato, and find a physical activity that feels like fun. That's the key. (Finding happiness while dusting is a challenge, I admit.) <p>Updated: Tue Dec 19, 2017</p> e6c1a3bf0147d2a8469f99e60e91d508 Presents of Mind: 4 Gift-Giving Ideas That Spark Joy for 12/12/2017 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In April, we plant flowers. In December, we give gifts.</p> <p>Which is why I lasered in to something a wise young yoga teacher said at the end of a deliciously challenging 90-minute class:<p>Updated: Tue Dec 12, 2017</p> 5ca8f1e07164522a895c38e97ecdb3ab Just in Time! Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Spirit Action Plan for 12/05/2017 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Here comes the December dilemma: Am I going to enjoy this holiday season or not? We all have obstacles to overcome: too little time; too little money; too much commercial merrymaking. And that's not to mention the nightly news! </p> <p>And still, dear reader, we have a personal choice this December: Do I get into the holiday spirit and juice up my well-being... or not? We've got Hanukkah and Christmas and the winter solstice coming up, all leading to the end of the year, when we make resolutions to find true love, or lose 20 pounds, or make good on that promise to work smarter, not harder. </p> <p>See? Even making end-of-year resolutions can be stressful when you're still in a perfectionist mode. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 05, 2017</p> d7bb881d2ad43dc8371fe9b553f5ad66 8 Fun Ways to Make Yourself Completely Miserable for 11/28/2017 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A smiling and enthusiastic fan of the column introduced herself to me the other day in Sarasota, Florida, waving a golden oldie from several years ago. "I loved this one so much, I still have it," she said, "and I made copies to send to my entire family."</p> <p>Sending columns to loved ones can be risky (who likes to be reminded of their imperfections?), but Harriett survived. She also inspired me to revisit the subject, because making yourself miserable never goes out of style. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 28, 2017</p> cb6aeb45715aabc1f64e6ca806cf7654 It's Q&A Time: Because Personal Well-Being Is So Personal for 11/21/2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As some of you know, I've written a book called "All is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being." It was published in late April, and in August it became an Amazon best-seller. Yippee. I can't really explain how we earned that status, but there's a sophisticated algorithm involved, and you can bet I'll be expressing gratitude for it at my Thanksgiving table this year. </p> <p>"Writing a book and getting it published represents about 20 percent of the effort," my friend, renowned author Michael Gelb, told me after writing seven books. "The rest of it is..." Well, you can imagine. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 21, 2017</p> 0b1dd73282e20dd897910198cf379641 'You Should Forget the Meditation App': True, False or Wildly Misleading? for 11/14/2017 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Normally, reporting on the art and science of happiness makes me smile. Why? Because happiness turns out to be a learnable skill, unlike, in my case, navigating Facebook. </p> <p>Not every one of us will live a happy life, and none of us can be happy every moment, but for many women and men who struggle with unhappiness, the battle ends when you fully realize, "You know what? Happiness is a <i>conscious choice.</i>" <p>Updated: Tue Nov 14, 2017</p> 859d78922e8a67d662aa8315a7e44314 Thanksgiving Makeover: 6 Ways to Spread Your Wings for 11/07/2017 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the run-up to Thanksgiving, I want to remind you that a holiday celebration is what you make it. If you lard it with stress and the need for perfection, you'll wind up with heartburn even worse than what you get from too much of Aunt Ethel's fabulous chestnut-and-chicken-sausage stuffing. </p> <p>You have a choice. You can do the same-old get-together and be happy with the same-old results. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Or you can tweak the trimmings a bit so it's really a celebration of gratitude and grace instead of gluttony and gas pain. </span><p>Updated: Tue Nov 07, 2017</p>