Wear Sunscreen Every Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Your skin is one of the first thing other people notice about you. Our skin sends a message to others about our age (e.g. wrinkles, smooth baby skin), health (e.g. autoimmune disease, infection), the way we take care of ourselves (e.g. dirty, clean), our values (e.g. piercings, tattoos, cosmetic changes), …

Watch or Read Something Funny and Laugh Once per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Think back to some of the most joyful times in your life. Chances are, it involved smiling. If you were with other people, it probably involved laughing. Laughing acts like a glue to promote positive social bonding. Plus, it feels delightful and spreads happiness. Even when life gets difficult, it …

Add One Whole Fresh Vegetable to One of Your Meals (Wellness Habit of the Week)

So many of us have already heard that we should add more vegetables to our diets. “Eat your vegetables” has been the health promotion plea of parents and healthcare providers for at least a century (and possibly longer). Most of us have had classes in school about eating healthy and …

Floss at LEAST Once per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Your dentist and dental hygienist are likely to ask you the usual question: How often are you flossing? I interviewed several dental professionals (not identified for privacy) and learned that the majority of their patients rarely flossed, and many of their patients seemed guilty about confessing. Why do they keep …

Practice Mindfulness Meditation for 10 Breaths at Least 1 Time per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Mindfulness seems to be the latest fad in popular Western culture, but it is so much more than this. It is an essential component of overall well-being and is a significant part of many biological and spiritual approaches to wellness. Meditation is not the “hippie” “woo woo” stuff many people …

Love and Wellness: Tell Someone You Love Them Every Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

The journey toward wellness is filled with love. Humans are a social species. We need each other to survive and need to feel bonded to others to thrive. Our physical bodies have even evolved to benefit from social connection, whether it be a connection to other humans or a connection …

Add One Whole Fresh Fruit to One of Your Meals (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Fruit is a well-known part of healthy nutrition and habits associated with wellness. Many of us try to improve our health by taking supplements (e.g. vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc.) with ingredients found in fruits and vegetables. Ironically, we are separating the molecules of something that is already healthy for us …

Brush Your Teeth Twice per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Brushing your teeth twice per day is a simple but important wellness habit. We all have heard our parents, teachers, physicians, nurses, and dentists at some point tell us that we should brush your teeth twice a day, but do we really need to do this? Does it really matter …