‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’ Scientifically Reveals Why Food Changes Our Mood [REVIEW]

Girl eating

Discover why we need to eat with purpose in National Geographic’s The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection by Scott C. Anderson with John F. Cryan, Ph.D.. and Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo by Joshua Rappeneker, Flickr)

Most of us realize that when we eat well, we feel better. But if the food we eat is too rich or sugary, it can make us feel sick to our stomachs. National Geographic’s new book, The Psychobiotic Revolution, helps us make sense of this gut-brain connection and shows us how to use it to our advantage.  Read more of this post

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‘Daily Kindness’ is One of Our Favorite Things for 2018 [REVIEW]

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Blossom where you’re planted in 2018 with a little help from National Geographic’s inspiring new book, Daily Kindness. (Photo by likeaduck, Flickr)

We are always looking for new ways to help us live kinder, gentler, more compassionate lives, and apparently, so is National Geographic. They have created a wonderful gift-sized book that is one of our favorite things for the new year. It is simply titled, Daily Kindness, and you’re going to love it!
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Rediscover Your Happy Place with ‘The Blue Zones of Happiness’ [REVIEW]

Emily and Ruby

One of the secrets to longevity is happiness, and these two in Boulder, Colorado seem to have that in spades. (Photo by Mark Doliner, Flickr)

Last time I chatted with Dan Buettner, he introduced my radio audience to the concept of “blue zones,” those places on our planet where people seem to live the longest . He also taught us why they have such remarkable longevity. Now, in The Blue Zones of Happiness, he uses further research to show us why these folks are also among the happiest in the world and what key strategies we can impliment in our own lives to find our happy place.   Read more of this post

Keep Calm, Slow Down and Open Yourself Up to Life’s Little Pleasures [REVIEW]

Cyclists relaxing

Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer knows all kinds of ways we can relax. She shares them with us in her new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down. (Photo by Björn Söderqvist, Flickr)

Author Jane Austen once said, “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” This comes from a woman who was born in 1775, long before the Information Age, which has whipped all of us into a frenzy, hurtling us through life at the speed of light. Cell phones. Twitter. The Internet. Twenty-four hour news cycles. It gets to the best of us, which is why I love the new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down: A Book of Everyday Calm. Here, bestselling author Barbara Ann Kipfer reminds us about all the many ways to unwind.  Read more of this post

Do You Have The Eyes To See Beauty?

Fireworks light up Sydney Harbour

Fireworks light up Sydney Harbour. Sydney, Australia. STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS, pages 314-315. (Photo credit: Annie Griffiths/National Geographic)

People from all over the world believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. It can tell a story, evoke an emotion and bring people together. Read more of this post