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What If Your Life Were a Movie?

  I just read a little book on life after death called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagan. You’ll have to read it yourself to understand the title and the whole story (which I do recommend). But in it, Billy describes a phase of the afterlife in which you are surrounded (I pictured […]

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Top 11 Ways to Be Happy

March 20th is International Happiness Day, and that’s cause for celebration! I wasn’t always happy. In fact, I spent most of my life vaguely depressed, crabby, and insecure. But for the past few years, I’ve really, really worked at being happy, and I’ve found there are a few secrets that make it so much easier: […]

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Permission to Recover…Granted!

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the image of the hard-working career person as someone who only sleeps five hours a night, starts work at 5 in the morning, and continues late into the evening—someone who’s always working, even during “recreational” time: golfing, fishing, socializing at the bar, attending conferences. It […]

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Save the Date: Earth Gratitude Wave, April 22, 2015

I was sitting outside this past Thanksgiving, surrounded by beautiful trees and rolling hills and feeling grateful for the crisp, clean air, when it occurred to me that we should have a similar holiday of thanksgiving for the earth. However, we don’t need a whole new holiday for Earth; we have Earth Day. We also […]

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The Future of Magazine Media—10 Ideas That Could Rock Our World

Yesterday afternoon, I represented my company at the annual American Magazine Media Conference. Some of you may know me as a blogger, M.O.M (mean old mom), or recipe writer, but I’m also the CEO of Rodale Inc., the publisher of magazines like Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Running Times, Bicycling, and Organic Gardening […]

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10 New Things to Try This Year

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you’ve already slacked off on your New Year’s resolutions, right? If not, congratulations! If so, guess what: Every day is New Year’s Day. Every day is a new day to try something different, something new. In fact, I believe this is one of the keys to happiness! Studies have shown […]

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Sometimes a Girl Just Needs to Buy Herself Some Flowers…

About a year ago (most likely on a cold and dreary winter weekend), I bought myself some yellow roses and posted a pic of them on Facebook. I remember being rather depressed that weekend, and those flowers were an attempt to cheer myself up. All the comments on the post were trying to guess what […]

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10 Ways to Survive Winter

As I write this, there’s an ice storm out, and we aren’t going anywhere, thanks to my home’s location at the top of a big hill. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s winter. So my kids and I are making a list of ways to survive the season to share with you, just in case you […]

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