7 Keys to Happiness

I read this article​ which listed basic things that the happiest people do every day.  It seems like common sense, but it’s a list worth noting. It’s also very simple and easy to remember. I broke these 7 keys down into 3 basic groups. Take care of your own health 1.  Choose to exercise. 2.  Choose

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Knowledge is Not Enough to Change Behavior

I was listening to an interview with Keith Ferrazzi about teams and individual success. One of his observations that jumped out was “knowledge is not enough to change behavior.”  If it were, NOBODY would smoke, eat dessert, or do drugs.  Pretty obvious, but quite profound if you think about it. You need to modify behaviors

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Main Cause of Addiction: Loneliness

This is a fascinating article​ about the roots of addiction.  The article’s premise is that the main cause of drug use and addiction is not the drug itself, it is the lack of human connection a person has at the time. “Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections.

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You Know It’s Bad When…

We are all aware that Super Bowl ads cost an obscene amount of money.  $5 million for just 30 seconds of air-time. That is why I was so surprised by one of the commercials that aired during the game. It was an “educational PSA-type” ad, not for opioids, but for Opioid Induced Constipation (OIC)​.  This minute-long

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CDC Reports a Record-Breaking Year for U.S. Overdose Deaths

While the mainstream media tends to focus on the latest hot-button issues, there are much larger issues quietly but significantly impacting our society. We’ve heard that: Shark attacks are up in the US (53 in 2013, vs. 42 in 2012). Terrorism and mass shootings (or “multi-party shooting incidents”) are responsible for 457 deaths in the US in

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Third Leading Cause of Death in the US? Hospitals.

I have long encouraged people to avoid going to hospitals if they can help it. Just last year, I wrote a column for Risk & Insurance on this very topic. But the message bears repeating, because the numbers are staggering. An estimated​ 440,000 people die each year in the hospital – and not from the

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When Someone Needs to be Right — What is the Other Side?

That is correct.  The other side of the coin is that someone else has to be wrong. Probably the most common and damaging threat to a healthy relationship is the need to be right. This represents the Ego, one of the three “Evil E’s”– Ego, Envy, and Entitlement – that I’ve written about previously. When

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