Getting Serious About Humor and Play

By: Danielle Palli and Cera Meintzer “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” -Erma Bombeck The Coal Miners in My Head (Danielle’s first brush with humor) When I was a child, I lost my hearing … at least, 80% of it, due to an ear infection in both ears, which was coupled with […]

Forgiveness: An Inside Job

By: Roger Landry and Teresa Beshwate We are surrounded by examples of forgiveness, including the remarkable story of Nelson Mandela, imprisoned for 26 years for fighting apartheid, who forgave those who took away his freedom, and so moved the country, that he was elected President of South Africa not long after his release. And then as President, he resisted all suggestions […]

Conflicts and Core Beliefs During Covid

By: Dr. Roger Landry, Teresa Beshwate, and Danielle Palli We all have core beliefs, most of which were defined and shaped at a young age: how we view ourselves, others and the world around us. We have biases about what’s good and bad, safe and unsafe, who to trust and who to distrust. And we constantly seek out evidence to […]

Why Am I Doing This Again? (Why Meditation is Important During Covid-19)

By: Danielle Palli  We are all feeling the effects of Covid-19, in varying ways and to varying degrees. And when working remotely (or not working at all), caring for family members, homeschooling children, checking in on the health of loved ones, trying to remain healthy and safe ourselves, upending our outdoor activities and social calendar, all while managing stress, loneliness, […]

Own Your Stress, Then Let It Go

By: Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH What if I told you that the single most destructive component to our health is our stress response? Would you believe me? Stress rots us from within. Unfortunately, the chronic stress that we accept as part of living in our modern world is destructive to our cognitive function; it raises our risk for dementia, […]

EQ During C-19

By: Danielle Palli I was an arrogant teenager when I first heard the term “emotional intelligence.” The concept was first developed by psychologists Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer, and many who bought into the idea posited that EQ (Emotional Quotient) was more important in life than having a high IQ (Intelligence Quotient). I thought it was just an excuse […]

Anger, Covid-Style

By: Teresa Amaral Beshwate, MPH Whether you’re quarantined alone or with others, it’s likely that you may be experiencing anger during these unprecedented times. Anger at what you’ve lost, whether loved ones, a cancelled wedding or graduation, physical contact with friends and family, a normal routine or simply the ability to go where you want, when you want. Anger is […]