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Are You Really Hungry?

Take this two-minute test to find out if your body needs food, or if it’s trying to tell you something else. When did you eat your last meal? A. Less than an hour ago. B. One to three hours ago. C. More than four hours ago. Which statement best matches how you feel? [ … ]

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Puppy Love? It’s All In Your Brain

Loyal, lovable and protective of us and our property, dogs have been our best friends since the last Ice Age, as a 27,000-year-old painting of a child and a dog on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France bears out. Studies showing that the companionship, unconditional love and sense of well-being that dogs provide make us happier [ … ]

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Empowering Our Children With The Gift Of Happiness

As a mother of two young girls and as a pediatrician who cares for kids from birth through age 21, I cannot count the times I have heard a mother say, “All I want is for my child to be happy.” It is of utmost importance that a mother be equipped to empower her children with the tools to guarantee a lifetime of happiness. Happiness is a choice. We must choose to be happy, and we must teach [ … ]

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Brain Basics: Know Your Brain

Frontal Lobe: Part of the cortex, the frontal lobe is a key area in the brain involved in memory, problem solving, language, judgment, impulse control, social behavior and motor function. In a sense, this is where much of our “self” and personality is located. It is also home to executive function [ … ]