Have You Been Greenwashed?

            You may have noticed that many companies portray themselves as providers of organic products or as being environmentally friendly.  This practice has become such an essential part of marketing that it has been given the name greenwashing.  It’s not that these companies don’t have good intentions but rather that the substance behind many claims […]

The Tragedy of the Commons

            The Tragedy of the Commons is a situation where a shared resource is overused.  Typically this happens when members of a group fail to communicate about their mutual needs, or self-interest overshadows the common good.             The most visible examples of a shared resource being misused involve natural resources like water, air, or forest.  […]

Does Life Style Really Matter?

            No doubt you would expect my answer to be a resounding confirmation that lifestyle matters.  But really, how much difference does lifestyle make?  As it happens, a positive lifestyle can make an astounding difference in how long you will live and the quality of life you will enjoy over those years.             As you […]

Habits, They Make Us or Break Us

Habits play a significant role in our lives.  By some estimates, half of our behaviors including what we think, say, feel, and do are controlled by our habits.  As you might expect, if you want to make an important change in life, you will probably have to change some habits. Hundreds of articles and books […]

Why Being Average is Unhealthy

            Because I’m concerned about the long-term health of my patients, I often ask about diet and interest in weight loss.  For most, this question is understood as a reasonable concern.  Curiously, over the years more have objected to my concerns by pointing out that almost everyone is heavy as if to ask, “I’m just […]

Thoughts for daily living

                Our physical and mental well being is inseparable.  Each has the potential to enhance or detract from the quality of our life and the lives of those around us.                  Our lifestyle habits are infectious.  A smile is often returned with a smile.  Unfortunately, a negative attitude can be similarly infectious. Being surrounded by […]

How to Cultivate Positive Expectations

            Awareness is the key to cultivating positive expectations.  It’s easy to fall into the habit of fearing the worst.  While it’s important to be prepared for things that can go wrong, there needs to be a balance.  A warning sign is when our negative expectations dominate.  The key is to emphasize positive expectations that […]