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Gratitude Boosts Your Health

05/   November, 2018

Over the years, I have been fascinated by the physiology of emotion.

Everyone has experienced the negative impact of emotion on your own physiology. For example, you might feel a “knot in your stomach” when you’re worried. Or, you might feel your heart race when you’re nervous or anxious.


Because I’m interested in people getting to good health outcomes as quickly and efficiently as possible, let’s focus on two emotional practices that have been scientifically shown to improve your health: gratitude and appreciation.

  • Gratitude is usually defined as “thankfulness” or “readiness to show appreciation”.
  • Appreciation builds on gratitude. Definitions include “a full understanding” and “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.”

Health Benefits of S*e*x

13/   February, 2017

In addition to perpetuating the species, sex has quite a few health benefits.

  1. Sex protects our health. For both men and women, studies show that sexual activity has a protective effect on our health. In men, studies have shown a 50% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular mortality in men having frequent sex, as compared to the men in the study having the least frequency of sex. Studies also confirm similar findings in women, especially regarding orgasms.

Do You Sleep Like a Teenager?

20/   November, 2015

My teenage boys can sleep and sleep. And sleep. I’m envious.

My friend’s teenage daughter was recently feeling sick, and literally slept it off. She slept all day, woke up to eat, then was able to continue sleeping! Bless her.

Or curse her. Depends on whether at this point you sleep well at night or not.

I’ve written about the importance of good sleep before (for weight loss, mental clarity, hormone balance) but today I want to expand on one point:

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