Let Them Eat Dirt! Injections of soil bacteria produce serotonin—and happiness—in mice.

THE STUDY “Identification of an Immune-Responsive Mesolimbocortical Serotonergic System: Potential Role in Regulation of Emotional Behavior,” by Christopher Lowry et al., published online on March 28 in Neuroscience. THE MOTIVE Some researchers have proposed that the…

U.S. Health Care vs. The World [2016]

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The Key to Parenting Well Even When You’re Stressed

No one is perfect. Not your kids, not you, and certainly not me. I’m a parenting expert, educator, and coach, and I am not a perfect parent. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. We…

Exercising Regularly Will Save You Tons of Money

In this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to remain unaware of the benefits exercise provides for our bodies and minds. Productivity, self-esteem and energy all receive a boost after hitting the gym, as well as our immune function,…

4 Ways to Get Your Child to Listen to You

Recently I asked a group of moms, “How do you get your child to listen to you?” Some replied, “Give consequences till he listens,” and others, “Be willing to leave if she doesn’t listen.” Those things…

11 Reasons to Love Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! The mostly gigantic fruit are popping up in gardens, farmer’s markets and grocery stores. And, that’s a good thing. Not only do these fruit quench thirst from the scorching hot days of August,…

7 Simple Exercises For Neck Pain

Are you living with neck pain? These simple exercises help stretch and strengthen your neck and the surrounding muscles to help give you some relief. As with any chronic pain, simple exercises aren’t always going to be a…

Can a hike make you happier?

Fresh air, a gentle breeze, birds chirping ― all pleasant thoughts that might come to mind when you think about nature. But is there any scientific reason the great outdoors feel so … great?   Over…

The Lifestyle Habit Nearly as Bad as Smoking

Before you retire to the couch after a long day of sitting at a desk, you may want to reconsider. New research shows that our sedentary lifestyle, and the lack of fitness that comes with it,…

The Science of Making a Good First Impression

It seems the old saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” may be true—at least according to recent research. A bad first impression is hard to shake, according to a new study recently…