The Science of What Makes Us Happy: From Hedonism to Edenism

In a results-driven society like ours, happiness is generally dismissed as secondary to the more “important” things in life like our careers, relationships and health. Work those things out and happiness will find you. In childhood we learn the song that teaches the effect of being happy and knowing it is… clapping our hands.  Great. […]

Canning and Safety

The purpose of canning is obviously to preserve food for later consumption. In terms of safety, the same things that cause foods to spoil (such as molds or bacteria) are also responsible for making us sick. The heat and/or pressure in the cooking process is able to destroy the largest expected number of heat-resistant microorganism […]

How to Become a Morning Person

Are you familiar with the health benefits of rising early in the morning? Numerous studies conducted on the subject have concluded that early risers tend to feel more in control of their lives and get more things done.1  For example, early rising college students are reported to be more optimistic, proactive, and get better grades […]

The Power of Positive Thinking!

The ancient Greeks used to think that the mind was physically located in the heart. While they were wrong about that, there is a strong mind-body connection that is finally being scientifically proven. There is a great quote that goes something like this, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t—you’re RIGHT!” […]

Sibling Fight! Dealing With Quarrelsome Children

I groan as my three-year old son jabs his chubby fingers into my ears. “Good morning momma!” He chirps cheerfully. I bury my head into my pillow and try to ignore him. I work late nights at an urgent care so waking up at six in the morning is always challenging. Michael, however, is persistent […]