Are you a job seeker? Learn the hidden benefits of volunteering

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Looking for work? Try volunteering! The benefits of volunteering are now clearly proven to improve your health, let alone lead to a paid position. Australian writer Kay Stroud lays it out this way (and even includes a great success story in honor of International Volunteer Day.) “Did you know that your ‘attitude of gratitude’ which […]

Compassion’s benefits to our health

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What a blessing to know about compassion’s benefits to our health. While the truth that compassion improves health may seem intuitive, writer Debby Kowit has actually proved it in her experience. Here’s the background on her recovery from overwhelming stress when she was a caregiver. It happened because of a spiritual approach honoring the role […]

What is it about religion that keeps us healthy?

Are religion and health connected?

The connection between spirituality and health is commonly discussed today. But the conversation is taking a new direction: the connection between religion and health. Now experts and everyday people are seeing evidence that religious involvement is beneficial in more ways than we knew. Health writer Eric Nelson explores this topic in his latest article. He […]

Zumba and baby boomer bones

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There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on at the Cary YMCAs in North Carolina. it’s the Zumba classes. With reportedly nine classes at the Cary Y and eleven at the Kraft facility, Zumba, with its high intensity activity, is clearly a crowd pleaser. No surprise that most participants look to be twenty or thirty-somethings with […]

Our inalienable right to better health

One more inalienable right: the right to better health

My colleague in California, columnist Eric Nelson, finds that, according to one famous health writer of the early 1900s, we have an inalienable right to better health. He discovers that Pulitzer Prize dramatist Tony Kushner admires this same writer. Nelson says: “During a recent radio interview to promote the west coast premier of his latest […]

Humor and man’s superiority to all that befalls him

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Does humor influence health? Consider: if you’re an average adult, you may laugh four times a day. If you’re a toddler, you laugh 300 times in the same day. Whatever the number of giggles, are toddlers and adults healthier for their laughter? Health blogger Bob Cummings reviews the evidence  and  writes: “Has the phrase “laughter […]

Women’s History Month: Mary Baker Eddy’s Commitment to Health

Women's History Month: Anything about health here?

As part of Women’s History Month, I think health seekers would be interested in the story of one pioneer in health and spirituality: Mary Baker Eddy. After several years testing her theory that health was essentially spiritual, and that our thinking influenced our bodily health, a physician urged her to write a book about her […]

From Duke to Princeton: 5 reasons for spiritual counselors in medical centers

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I met a woman who was modest and quiet in her professional demeanor, so much so that, sadly, I’ve forgotten her name. But it was her meekness combined with a mighty spirituality that I admired. As social worker and counselor to patients at one Duke medical center, this woman offered compassion and practical ideas for […]