Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

In the U.S., 80% of girls have been on a diet before they turn 10. (source) Take a few minutes and watch this TED Talk by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt. According to Aamodt: Several long-term studies have shown that girls who diet in their early teen years are three times more likely to become overweight five… Read More

How to Show Compassion without Enabling

If I had to guess, I’d say most of us genuinely want to help others. There are times when, for whatever reason, someone just pulls on your heartstrings and you feel overwhelming compassion and an unshakeable desire to help. That’s one of the many beautiful qualities of the human spirit. Unfortunately, things can get complicated,… Read More

How to Have Courage in the Midst of Fear

Grit. It’s a powerful word, isn’t it? Say it aloud. Grit. Kinda makes you think of an old Western. It just sounds… gritty. Despite how fun it is to say, it’s a word we don’t hear too often anymore. The word seems to be fading from our vocabulary, and the concept is dwindling from our… Read More

The Link Between Depression and Pain

The link between depression and bodily pain is not imagined. Depression causes actual physical pain; and chronic pain often results in depression. It’s a vicious cycle: the more pain you feel, the worse your depression becomes, or as your depression worsens, the more physical pain you experience. Does it matter which comes first, depression or… Read More