We may love money, but it doesn’t love us. Ralph Waldo Emerson famously quipped, “Money costs too much,” warning about the unhappiness associated with pursing wealth. We all need money to pay bills and to enjoy a better quality of life. But there’s an insidious nature to how we spend money, how we talk with our significant others about it, and the impact finances have on our mental and physical health.
Debt, financial stress and spending behaviors are a major cause of relationship problems … [Read More...]
Chances are you’re reading this article on your laptop or a mobile device. Hopefully you’re not reading it late at night, because if you are, it may be making you sick. That’s because the artificial light from computer and smart phone screens is interfering with our ability to sleep properly. And when we don’t sleep well, or enough, we fail to benefit from our body’s natural restorative abilities.
But that’s only one piece of the bad news relating to electronic gadgets and our health. For … [Read More...]
The holidays are great, aren’t they? They’re also exciting and fun, right? Sure, they’re stressful, expensive and busy, too . . . and can be nostalgic and a little sad, especially when we think of those who aren’t alive anymore, or who live far away, or have fallen out of our lives. Maybe we’re feeling a little isolated, or alone, and all this happiness around us is just making us more miserable. And wow, somehow another year has passed, and we’re kind of in the same rut – and now we have to … [Read More...]
It’s that time of year again – the apex of when distracted and cheerful meet pressured and busy. People are running around and more stressed than usual, especially as the days until the holidays count down. It’s also a challenging time in many workplaces, as year-end deadlines, workloads and customer expectations peak.
The good news is that the season will be done before we know it. But keeping employees healthy and well is a year-round venture. Thinking creatively and strategically, you can … [Read More...]
Are you still dipping into the Halloween booty once or twice a day? Eating dessert with dinner every day or regularly drinking soda? You don’t have to feel guilty, or alone – almost everyone likes sweets of some kind – but you should know about the long-term implications and dangers of sugar and sweeteners.
Beyond weight control, the most obvious consequence is the diabetes epidemic sweeping our nation. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 86 … [Read More...]
Whether you’re an accomplished sports enthusiast or a weekend watcher, it was easy to get caught up in the excitement, drama and incredible teamwork on display in the MLB baseball Championship Series and the World Series. And beyond the heartbreak, frustration, athleticism and celebration, there were no shortages of close-up shots of players and coaches spitting sunflower seeds, popping Bazooka gum bubbles, stuffing their cheeks with chewing tobacco, or placing pinches of smokeless tobacco in … [Read More...]
It’s getting cold out there. And faster than the plunging numbers on our bank’s digital thermometer, we can probably count the emerging hangnails, itchy dry patches, flaking scalp, rashes and a worsening of skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis wrought by the cold, dry air.
During flu and cold season, we’re also washing our hands more often than ever, which saps the natural oils in our skin, leaving hands, feet and other body parts dehydrated until they crack, peel and bleed. The skin … [Read More...]
It’s already November – we’ve turned back the clocks and are readying ourselves for shorter days and inevitable cold weather. November also heralds the start of the holiday season. With Thanksgiving planning on our minds and December parties storming up right behind, it’s a perfect time to contemplate healthy eating, moderation and our waistlines.
Raising nutritional awareness and changing habits are two goals Tyler Losure, the wellness champion for Connecticut Society of CPAs had in mind … [Read More...]
While it’s only October and the autumn leaves haven’t even peaked, the pull of the end-of-year chaos is already sucking us in like a dark hole absorbing matter. Halloween is right around the corner, and Thanksgiving isn’t far behind. We know what’s coming, and it can’t be stopped or even slowed. Youthful exuberance and idealism aside, we’ll soon be smack in the middle of the craziest time of the year, and for many, the toughest, emotionally and physically.
The next few months can be … [Read More...]
People say change is constant, and that’s certainly no exception when it comes to our bones. New bone is made and old bone is broken down. When we're young, our body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, increasing bone mass. Most people reach their peak bone mass around age 30. After that, we lose more bone mass than we gain.
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle, making them easier to fracture or break. Our likelihood of developing … [Read More...]