My Choice for Health App of the Year

Tired of stressing out every time you glance at your smartphone? Introducing Pause and Sway, a couple of simple but effective apps to help us relax and achieve inner peace.

Let’s face it: Our smartphones are an indispensable part of our lives, but they’re also a huge source of stress: The anxious text from mom, the angry customer rant or the “where’s-the-report-you-promised-me?” note from the boss.

So it’s refreshing to discover a smartphone app that actually relieves stress. Continue reading

Next Week, Let’s Put Down Our Smartphones and Give Someone a Hug!

January 21 is the official National Hugging Day, a time to commemorate this simple act of a slight physical contact and probably the most common sign of affection. It’s definitely a day worth celebrating, especially when technology is robbing us of the in-person social experiences that are so vital to our well-being.

Germany, Rur Reservoir, smiling businessman in canoe

OK, everyone, let’s have a big hug in celebration of the official National Hugging Day on Jan. 21!

I’m completely serious. Although I’ll admit that I laughed when a colleague told me that there was a National Hugging Day in the US. I laughed even harder when he suggested I write a blog about it. Hugs, really? Continue reading