There's a part of me that feels like it's self-indulgent to say I have a chronic autoimmune disease since that sounds so serious and dramatic. But there's another part of me that recognizes that it's rather ridiculous to feel this way because it happens to be true.
[note - reference previous re-blogged post on benefits of writing] Benefits of Reading Reading has been linked to an amazing array of benefits, including these: Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly … Continue reading Good News for Bookworms: Science Says Reading is Good for Your Health
I don't normally write about certain personal details about my family or marriage, but this blew me away so totally that I feel compelled to shout out what a lucky woman I am to have such a fantastic man to share my life with. I am well and truly blessed.
Folks, I work for a pretty great company. Every 5 years, all employees get a 2-3 month paid sabbatical, which is almost unheard of outside of academia, at least in the US. The idea is to give employees a chance to disconnect, take a break from routine, and recharge. Time has flown and I'm eligible … Continue reading Sabbatical
Facebook has a long track record and sordid history of abusing their users' trust and privacy, including the most recent and egregious cases currently making headlines with Cambridge Analytica as well as election meddling in the US and Britain. As if that wasn't enough, it then came to light that they have also been tracking … Continue reading Facebook use: less is more (for me)
How I went from being afraid to fly to being a frequent flyer.
We buy these difficult books because we feel that, while not very exciting, they are in some way good for us. It's sort of literature-as-bran-flakes philosophy. If something is dry and unpalatable, it must be doing something good for our constitutions. ~Chris Baty, No Plot, No Problem
I wrote up a little something on The Daily Post…I hope you’ll check it out. 🙂
Part of the mission that drives The Daily Post is to provide encouragement and inspiration to people who want to be more active writers, bloggers, and creators. We often provide tips on how to write or prompts on what to write, but today, let’s talk about why to write.
Science stands firmly in support of what many of us intuitively know: writing is good for you.
Studies have shown that just the act of putting words together to express yourself leads to several physical and mental health benefits, including:
- Improved mood and sense of well-being
- Decreased stress and anxiety levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Better memory and sleep
Writing has been shown to boost immune responses, speed post-surgical healing, and help cancer patients cope with their diagnosis and treatment. Writing has also been linked to improvements in managing chronic conditions such as asthma and arthritis.
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A excellent post written by my friend and co-worker on containing your negativity, not wasting your time hating something, and not pushing people away with nonconstructive criticism. Read!
I wanted to get something off my chest for a while, and now it is time.
Dear Nerds, my brothers and sisters, why are so many of you judgmental assholes?
Let me take a step back. I love to share information with people on facebook on twitter. I find something I love, and I post about it. I love music. I love Star Wars. I love working out. I love my San Francisco Giants. I love humor. I love a lot of things. I find that I am a much happier person when I spend more time celebrating life rather than criticizing it. There is a time and a place to be critical, especially when it comes to my self improvement, but for the most part I don’t relish in negativity (or the negativity of others).
So many people use social network platforms, and other methods of communication, to spread…
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A couple of weeks ago, the phone rang at 7am. Now you know just as well as I do that almost nothing good comes from unexpected phone calls before 9am and after 10pm and this was no exception. It was my husband, calling me from work. He asked me to turn the news on and … Continue reading When Lightning Strikes