Learning to breathe fully, and exercising your respiratory muscles, are key to healthy aging. We take the ability to breathe freely and fully for granted. However, like other muscles in the body, the respiratory muscles become weak and less efficient with age, if they are not sufficiently exercised. This is particularly true for the muscles responsible for inhalation, i.e. the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles. Imagine having to continuously struggle to catch your breath!
Sometimes it takes falling flat on your face to understand why humor is such an important part of building stress resilience. Not long ago a couple of my friends and I decided to repair some rotting boards on my deck. This involved tearing up old planks to make space for the new ones. At one point, I was on my knees trying to pull up a decayed slat with all my might. Little did I know, my friend Karyn had just finished cutting into another panel next to me. When I attempted t
Humans are natural storytellers. We can’t live without them. But sometimes these stories work against us and undermine our happiness. Here's what to do to change your story and your life. “A man is always a teller of stories. He sees everything that happens to him through them.” ~ Jean Paul Sartre Even though we are perennial story tellers, we don't have to fall prey to our imaginations, or allow anxious or negative rumination, fearful imaginings, or projections about future