November 25, 2020

Survival guide to awkward holiday conversations

Many people feel the holidays should be a time of great joy and celebration. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s might be the only times some family members gather together during the course of a year, and these holidays should be a time to renew acquaintances and re-cement the bonds of family. This year of course, it may look and feel quite different, but what remains the same are the sometimes-awkward conversations that must be had. 


Tobacco use can cause mouth cancer

Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy.  I’ve done it a thousand times.” Stopping tobacco use is difficult because all tobacco forms – cigarettes, E-cigarettes, cigars, pipe smoking and smokeless [spit] tobacco – contain nicotine.  And nicotine causes addiction or dependence.  However, compared to Mark Twain’s day, there are many modalities to make quitting tobacco use easier.  If you're using tobacco, research the many methods available to stop; quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.

Four ways to flourish during the pandemic

Research from Stanford is discovering how Americans are sinking into a funk. 

However, other research by the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard has been studying ways in which we can still emotionally flourish during these unprecedented times. 

I am sharing four of them here.