Few people will deny the feel-good qualities of a goofy cat video or a picture of a dog and a bunny cuddling. Yet animals have much deeper therapeutic powers than you may find on a routine Youtube or Tumblr search. More and more people are turning to animals to provide treatment for a variety of… read more
Did you know that thinking positively about aging can increase your life expectancy by 7.5 years? It’s true—which makes it a total shame that aging has such a negative stigma in our society. Ageism, defined as stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination against people based on age, has cast an unpleasant shadow over the process of growing… read more
Can you name three ways to keep your body healthy? Chances are, you can rattle off more than three pretty easily: exercise, drink water, get sleep, etc… What about three methods for keeping your brain in shape? This one’s a little harder. Despite the fact that our brain’s health has a direct effect on our… read more
It happened again. You just got off the phone with your parents, and you can’t shake that annoyed and slightly exasperated feeling. Maybe they changed the subject when you tried to describe your work-related stress, or made a passive comment about your relationship status. For whatever reason, you feel misunderstood and slightly disconnected from your… read more
Our bodies go through myriad changes as we age; in terms of stress, as we grow older, we are both exposed to new physical stressors and begin to handle those stressors in a different way. This post seeks to break down those stress-related changes and provide methods for coping with them. A New Response to… read more
Aging men and women, particularly the latter, have long felt pressured to hide their gray hair. In the 1930’s, Jean Harlow bleached her hair because she felt that her reputation as a platinum blonde was essential to her career. During World War II, Clairol ran ads referring to gray hair as a “heartless dictator,” claiming… read more
Studies suggest that satisfactory sibling contact later in life correlates to increased health and positive mood. Yet it’s not easy to gain or maintain closeness as adults, especially when our lives take us physically and emotionally far away from one another. Most of us are no longer able to simply walk across the living room to see a sibling—now, we might need to take a plane. Further, longstanding conflicts can prevent us from getting in touch even when we’d like to.