PICTURE IT WELL: the mind-body connection

PICTURE IT WELL: the mind-body connection

According to author Esther M. Sternberg, MD, growing research shows a mind-body connection between nature scenes (either a real or photograph) and how they make us feel emotionally. Even though many of us intuitively seek out beautiful surroundings because they make us feel better, Sternberg takes it further.

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PICTURE IT WELL: be the one who has moxie

PICTURE IT WELL: be the one who has moxie

This year switch up your resolutions. Instead of setting them based on what you haven't done like getting fit, cutting down on TV, or starting a new hobby, try this. Set them based on what you want to become. I read somewhere that the top three things women want are:

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PICTURE IT WELL: a peaceful way

PICTURE IT WELL: a peaceful way

When your thoughts are rattled from needless worry, doubt or stress, change your focus. Studies show that taking a walk, picking up a good book, exercising, or simple deep breathing can help ease your brooding. Really, any simple, engaging activity works. Choose one you love and

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PICTURE IT WELL: reflect for growth

PICTURE IT WELL: reflect for growth

When you want to change things up in your life, personal reflection is a powerful way to do that. According to life coach, Martha Beck, reflecting on a past experience can expand your own awareness about your best and maybe not-so-best qualities.

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PICTURE IT WELL: do one thing

PICTURE IT WELL: do one thing

Dr. Edward Hallowell, a Massachusetts based psychiatrist and author of "CrazyBusy" says in his book that multitasking is a "mythical activity in which people believe they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously."  In reality, our brains are not wired for multitasking. (It's a term that originated as computer jargon, and then transferred into workplace resumes.)

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PICTURE IT WELL: dig into your roots

PICTURE IT WELL: dig into your roots

When you are feeling a little lost and think that life is happening to you, instead of you making it happen, draw strength and direction from your roots. Like the roots of a tree, your life experiences ground and sustain you, helping you blossom into your full potential.

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