• Susie Csorsz Brown


"I think that's what the people who change our lives always do. They give us permission to be the person we secretly really long to be but maybe don't feel we're allowed to be." ~ Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion

Physical Health 46 words sums up pretty much every article I link here and in previous newsletters.   http://www.weightymatters.ca/2018/11/the-only-46-words-of-health-advice.html Eat Well I get it: you all like cheese.  Cheese may be high in fat, but it is actually a good source of calcium and protein. And, if you choose wisely, a little goes a long way. https://www.wellandgood.com/good-food/healthiest-cheese/ Be Active Performance and health are not the same. “Performance is about pushing boundaries. Health is about staying within them,” https://www.outsideonline.com/2298416/what-happens-when-you-ditch-your-fitness-program Let's move! Get a deck of cards, and shuffle them well.  Turn on some music and the following dictates your movements: Complete the number of reps based on the number on the card.  Red cards = Cardio Diamonds: Thigh killers Hearts: Plank jacks Diamond Face cards: 10 Squat Thrusts Hearts Face cards: 10 Star Jumps Black cards = Strength Spades: Batwing push-ups Clubs: Roll-ups Spades Face cards: 10 Reverse lunge + front kick Clubs Face cards: 10 Double crunch (one toe touch crunch + leg drop and hip raise) Jokers: 50 Jacks Spiritual Health I am always on the lookout for things that help us be more well, and live more contentedly.  It's amazing to me that simple gratitude is actually literally good for your health in so many different ways. http://time.com/5026174/health-benefits-of-gratitude/ Mental & Emotional Health Everyone -- every.single.person -- has good days and rough days.  Sometimes, we can get through those rough days on our own.  Sometimes, we need help.  Therapy is there to help; going to therapy is not something to be ashamed of. https://www.gottman.com/blog/therapy-isnt-something-ashamed/ Social Health Ah, our little sponges (aka kids): they see how you act to and around others and eat.it.up.  How do we help them be more kind?  By being more kind ourselves. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_be_a_kindness_role_model_for_your_kids And to get you started, a few thoughtful suggestions: https://www.bradaronson.com/acts-of-kindness/ Posts from FM/Blog

So perhaps 'open' is the new buzzword. It does appear, though, that being open to new possibilities, people, experiences would be a positive personality aspect. I love, though, towards the end of this article where the author says that while change is possible, first you have to want to change, and also this information isn't necessarily important to everyone. A researcher in touch with reality!


Happy Monday! And if it isn't, maybe you should seek some time hugging cows.


It's true, isn't it? Our kids can say the meanest things. But when they do, take a deep breath and use the opportunity to show them how words can be really hurtful.


New post: Potato pizza may sound like a carb-overload, but it is so good.


New post: Even those among us who prepare for everything sometimes aren't prepared when the unexpected hiccup occurs. Still, we can outsmart Murphy.


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