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The Power Of 1: Make Your Bed

In 2017, US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven, a SEAL and author of Make Your Bed, delivered an inspiring speech about the importance of doing the little things like making your bed, embracing your fears and changing the world for generations to come. This was his speech ... If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little thing

The Power Of 1: Be Kind

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a busy hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. The boy asked, "How much is an ice cream sundae?’’ "50 cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it. "How much is a dish of plain ice cream?" he inquired. Growing impatient with the boy, the waitress abruptly replied, "35 cents." The little boy again counted the coins. "I’ll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. Whe

Addressing Loneliness

For many of us, the holiday season evokes warm feelings of togetherness and love. We gather with friends and family to reconnect and celebrate at the end of each year. But for people who experience chronic loneliness, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time of year — one they approach with a sense of dread. While other people are attending holiday parties and rejoicing in what can be a magical and heartwarming season, they’re at home with nowhere to go and no one to talk to. Someone who suffers from extreme isolation faces the same health risks as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. If you Google loneliness and the holidays, you’ll find a raft of articles that offer tips for lonely p

The Health Benefits Of Giving

You don't need a doctor to tell you giving feels good. "Anyone who has given time, money or other resources probably already knows this from experience," says Mitchell Popovetsky, MD, a primary care physician at Rush University Medical Center. But research can shed light, he says, on the science behind that helper's high — and long-term physical and psychological benefits that may follow it Why giving feels good? Popovetsky cites one study on charitable donation in which researchers performed functional MRI scans on donors' brains. After people donated, the part of their brains that "lit up," or became active, was the mesolimbic system. "This is the part of the brain that controls feelings o

I'm So Lonely I Could Die

It is difficult to believe that someone living in a big city like Toronto could be socially isolated but it is a growing problem. Especially with seniors, and especially around the holidays. Those most at risk live alone, have no children or contact with family, and have declining health. Those conditions are exasperated by retirement, the death of a spouse and loss of a driver’s license, which impact one’s sense of purpose, income and independence. “After I retired, I would get up in the morning, get dressed, and sit in front of the TV.” One in four adults over the age of 65 would like to have participated in more social activities in the past year. 19 percent of individuals 65+ feel a lack

Tackling Loneliness During The Holidays

The holidays are a time for friends and family yet, for some people, the holidays can be the hardest, and loneliest, time of the year. An 'Age UK' survey found half a million older people expect to feel lonely over the festive period. To them, it's 'just another day.’ Yet four in five people have not sought any help and it's not unusual for over-65s to go a whole month without speaking to friends and family. There are many reasons why people might feel lonely at Christmas, from being reminded of lost loved ones, to feeling anxious or left out of the seemingly endless social events over the festive period. Psychologist Joanna Konstantopoulou, founder of the Health Psychology Clinic, offe

A Homeless Heart Of Gold

Ernie, an elder homeless man and client of Haven Toronto, is on a ten kilometre walk to Commissioners to turn a shopping cart of scrap metal into a pocket full of cash. To go from having nothing to having hundreds of dollars opens up all kinds of possibilities, opportunities and risks. Older homeless men like Ernie are easy targets. They are beaten and robbed for much less, like a five dollar phone cord. For Ernie, this new found wealth will be used to help fill a void. And, if only for a short while, he'll feel on top of the world. A few summers ago, Ernie travelled back home to live with family. However, his brother and sister, also in their 70s, could not give him the specialized care and

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