The 5-minute stretch breaks in my son's first grade class are probably an effort to get the kids moving when recesses and gym programs are not as plentiful or liberal as they could be for maximum health benefits.
In the immortal words of my Grandpa Holben (who himself was quoting Mark Twain), "If you have to eat two frogs, it's better to eat the bigger one first."
While I wait for the 28 hour day to come to pass, however, I'm doing my best to make sleep I get really counts – that it's restful, comfortable, and let's me use my waking hours as efficiently as possible.
I mean, if there are more people with eyes to see mental illness, then fewer red flags will go unnoticed, right? If we know what to look for, then we're more likely to see it.
I wonder about the implications for the rest of us. Do we really want to know exactly what's in our food? Will we panic every time the reading tells us there is something to be wary of?
There's something for everyone in this fitness gift guide – from the exercise newbie to the philosophical foodie. Give them the gift of better health and greater happiness in the coming year.
Are you up for a weight gain-fighting, stress-reducing, health-promoting, life-affirming holiday exercise streak? I challenge you to exercise every day between now and 2014. (But don't worry if you miss a day – just pick it right back up again the next day and keep going!)
It appears that when your clock was set – in winter, when the days are short, or summer when they are longer – does have an impact on the stability of your mental health.
I can't assume that TV shows will teach my children anything – even if I hand-pick the shows they watch based on what I hope they learn. "Charlie and Lola" may be a fun show with no objectionable material, but unless I spend some time with my kids talking about what it is they've seen and heard once the show is over the set is off, it really is just junk TV.
Meditating on the reasons I am grateful for things – really digging deep to get to the root of why they fill me with happiness – takes my focus away from the small irritations of winter and lets me see this season instead as a time to focus on being the source of love and light to others.
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