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How Friends and Family Can Improve Your Health
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How Friends and Family Can Improve Your Health

In last month’s blog topic, I wrote about optimism and its role in our immune system. I want to pick up on a theme I mentioned and take it a little further. In my post entitled Are Optimists Healthier? (you can read the entire article here), I talked about the downsides of optimism. The Downsides...

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How to Become An Optimist

If you haven’t seen my post called Are Optimists Healthier? You can check it out here. Suffice to say, there are some advantages to being an optimist, including improved immune system function. If you are a pessimist don’t despair—no really don’t despair—there is help! Check out this great guide: The Pessimists Guide to Becoming an...

Optimist versus Pessimist
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Optimist versus Pessimist

The classic example of the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is: the optimist will see a half glass of liquid as half full and the pessimist will see it as half empty But how does this example apply to situations that really matter (and not just drinking glasses)? What about a cancer diagnosis?...

Are Optimists Healthier?
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Are Optimists Healthier?

This is the question I set out to answer, in my quest to find all the tools available to us to support our immune systems. This is what I found.  First off, researchers from Australia conducted a review of studies on the subject and have found that optimism is closely associated with a strategy called...

The Health Benefits of Gratitude
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The Health Benefits of Gratitude

I would like to wish all of my American readers a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. No gift giving, just coming together with friends and family over a beautiful harvest meal. I hope part of your Thanksgiving tradition is to also take a moment to give thanks. Turns...

What are Probiotics?
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What are Probiotics?

​Probiotics were first discovered by a Russian biologist by the name of Dr. Elie Metchnikoff. He observed that Bulgarian peasants who drank fermented milk were living very long lives and he hypothesized that bacteria produced as a result of the fermentation were providing health benefits. Dr. Metchnikoff is now known as the father of probiotics....

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