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May Is for Mental Health

May Is for Mental Health

When you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, maybe it’s time to understand what health really is. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Get it? Two-thirds of “health” is all about your emotional well-being. “There are two complementary strategies for improving the human condition. One is to relieve what is negative in life; the other is to strengthen what is positive,” says Martin Seligman, the ultimate “happiness guru” and one of my best professors at the University of Pennsylvania. May is Mental Health Month, an annual observance Mental Health America founded more than 60 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for all. The organization developed a “Live Your Life...

Posted Monday, May 3, 2010, 06:55PM | Permalink

Suicide in San Diego

Suicide in San Diego

Suicide is the leading cause of non-natural death in San Diego County. While writing this, many are focused on 24-year-old Erick Wales, a young man who appears to have vanished, leaving behind traces of what might have happened to him, including an alleged suicide note. At this time, only...

Posted Monday, April 26, 2010, 11:27AM | Permalink

Sunny Weather, Sunny Moods

Sunny Weather, Sunny Moods

Finally the weather has been sunny and warm enough for me to drive with the top down. Come on, what’s the point of having a convertible if you can’t put the top down? (A disclaimer for my Facebook friends (please join me if you’d like), it’s not the Bentley everyone...

Posted Friday, April 16, 2010, 11:35AM | Permalink

Restaurant Psychology

Restaurant Psychology

An old (aren’t they all?) Jewish proverb says, “In a restaurant, choose a table near a waiter.” Modern restaurants typically have no problem with good service, because many have psychologists helping design interiors, train servers, carefully word and craft menus, select...

Posted Friday, April 9, 2010, 12:34PM | Permalink

Sex Addiction? Not So Fast

Sex Addiction? Not So Fast

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know one of the hottest topics in the land is the invented notion of sex addiction. I know last week I wrote about sex being good for your health, but infidelity isn’t. And there is the problem. From Dr. Drew’s famed...

Posted Friday, April 2, 2010, 05:07PM | Permalink

Sex for Your Health

Sex for Your Health

Mae West once said, “An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away.” She didn’t know how right she was.Tiger Woods, Michael Douglas, R&B singer Eric Benet, David Duchovny, ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips and many other “sex addicts” may be among the...

Posted Friday, March 26, 2010, 11:59AM | Permalink

5 Fitness Products to Improve Your Health

5 Fitness Products to Improve Your Health

According to the ancient Greek “Law of Use” coined by Hippocrates himself more than 2,400 years ago, "That which is used develops; that which is not used wastes away." Think about it. This could be the first rule of physical fitness.Life is movement. Even the...

Posted Friday, March 19, 2010, 06:04PM | Permalink

The Graying of the Gym

The Graying of the Gym

This weekend, San Diego once again hosts the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s (IHRSA) national convention and trade show. What a show it is, with more than 9,000 health club members from 75 countries represented!If you are a serious gym-rat like me, then...

Posted Friday, March 12, 2010, 12:32PM | Permalink

Solving the World’s Problems at Starbucks

Solving the World’s Problems at Starbucks

Did you know that coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year?Did you know that more than 50 percent of Americans over 18 years of age drink coffee every day, representing more than 150 million daily drinkers?Did you know that...

Posted Friday, March 5, 2010, 06:15PM | Permalink

Vacations and Well-Being

Vacations and Well-Being

It’s been said, “no man needs a vacation as much as the one who just had one.” Not in my case. I just returned from a stay at the magnificent JW Marriott in Palm Desert, where a vacation is truly an opportunity to just, well, do nothing but relax.Waking up every...

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010, 08:03PM | Permalink

Addicted to Shopping

Addicted to Shopping

If you are a shopaholic in San Diego, you could be drunk with confusion debating where to start your retail therapy sessions.From Bazaar Del Mundo to the Viejas Factory Outlet Center, with the Carlsbad Premium Outlet, Del Mar Plaza, Fashion Valley, Grossmont Center, University Town...

Posted Friday, February 12, 2010, 03:44PM | Permalink

Flirting Tips for Valentine's Day

Flirting Tips for Valentine's Day

Flirting, it’s been said, is the art of keeping intimacy at a safe distance. With Valentine’s Day a week away, San Diego, like most cities, will be filled with parties, events and celebrations aimed at creating and promoting romance. From coast to coast, from...

Posted Friday, February 5, 2010, 10:52AM | Permalink

Making Friends in San Diego

Making Friends in San Diego

It’s been said that truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget. And in San Diego, some think finding friends is, well, nearly impossible. They are wrong.Get this — on a Web site, http://www.topix.com, the issue discussed was...

Posted Friday, January 29, 2010, 01:23PM | Permalink

Emotional Well-Being and Your Business

Emotional Well-Being and Your Business

As the Hyundai commercial says, “the economy hasn’t recovered for anybody until it’s recovered for everybody.”Let’s face it. People are more concerned today than ever before about how to make ends meet. They are working twice as hard for half as much, and...

Posted Friday, January 22, 2010, 04:41PM | Permalink

Get off Your Couch ... or Die

Get off Your Couch ... or Die

You can be either a couch potato and watch all the television you want, or you can reduce your risk of death from all causes by 46 percent. You can’t do both. That’s the absolute latest word from the esteemed Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.So...

Posted Friday, January 15, 2010, 01:20PM | Permalink

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