Not Just a Fatal Attraction?

Changing minds: Glenn Close’s personal battle to destigmatize mental illness When it comes to CHANGING MINDS about mental illness, and ending its stigma, few people are more motivated than actress Glenn Close. She’s been talking to Tracy Smith: Glenn Close’s character in “Fatal Attraction” is one of her most memorable roles — and is considered […]

Busy hands…..

How busy hands can alter our brain chemistry “Admiring your own handiwork” is a familiar expression containing an important truth about the mind. We handed this particular story to our Tony Dokoupil: Are you the kind of person who actually likes washing dishes? How about folding laundry? Yardwork? What all these have in common, of […]

Complaining? Then Make It Better.

How to Make Work Better Want to make a workplace where people actually want to work? There are concrete, evidence-based things every worker can do to help workplaces be places with a shared sense of purpose and work ethic.

Drink much?

America is on a binge — 17.5 billion drinks worth: Study Excessive drinking can kill you — and claims the lives of an estimated 88,000 Americans per year, according to a first-of-its-kind study. That’s 1 in 10 deaths in working-age adults — and more than half are related to binge drinking. If you find this […]

Today’s Reality Check

I’m the Girl Who Clawed Her Own Eyes Out. This Is My Story. Just over a month ago, I could see. Or maybe I should put it this way: I had both my eyes, but they didn’t help me notice how dangerous my life had become. Then, on February 6, my world went black.

Recovery vs. Writing

Does Recovery Kill Great Writing? If I had to say where my drinking began – which first time began it – I might say it started with my first blackout, or maybe the first time I sought blackout: the first time I wanted nothing more than to be absent from my own life.

Moderate Drinking Healthy?

This Study May Find That Moderate Drinking Is Healthy. The Alcohol Industry Was Asked to Pay for It. “This must have seemed like a dream come true for industry. Of course they would pay for it,” he said. “They’re admitting the trial is designed to provide a justification for moderate drinking. That’s not objective science.” […]

Being a Sober Parent

Being a Sober Parent in a Wine Mom Culture “Mommy wine culture is just another way some moms are coping with the pressures of parenthood – alone and without much social support beyond acknowledging that parenting is hard,” said a mother who asked to be identified as Amina S. because she participates in a 12-step […]

Sleep, perchance to be healthy…

Catastrophic lack of sleep killing us – expert | Cape Times A “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert says. In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that sleep deprivation affected […]

Silence or Resilience?

How to Build Resilience in Midlife Last year Dr. Dennis Charney, a resilience researcher and dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, was leaving a deli when he was shot by a disgruntled former employee. Dr. Charney spent five days in intensive care and faced a challenging recovery.

Your Friends and Meth

The 12 Things Your Gay Friends Don’t Want You To Know About Our New Epidemic, Crystal Meth 1. In one major study, 25% of gay men admitted to using the drug at least once. So if you know 4 gay men, one’s probably used and might still be using today. 2. Meth can be instantly […]

Capture Theory: wow

Avoid the Pathways to Psychic Pain David Foster Wallace had a cavity. He’d never had one before-but now the dentist who’d always praised him for his pristine teeth was telling the 14-year-old boy that he was not invulnerable. “I remember him . . . being stunned and disgusted,” recalled his sister Amy Wallace.

A Far Cry From “Just Say NO”

Hard to imagine where we would be today had the blinders-on policy of the Reagan administration actually been something based on science, research, and statistics. Just say ‘no’ was a failure of epic proportions.  Like all those who died of AIDS under the Reagan watch, thousands lost their battle with addiction either through death or […]

Science Report: Why Risky Rats

I am currently loving the place I find myself in recovery, safely cocooned between two beliefs:  faith and science.  Of course science, by definition, is supposed to be more than faith, but time and time again we find research that negates other research, so how are we supposed to believe that?  Well, faith, I guess. […]

Sing, Sing A Long…..

I used to struggle with doubt every time I posted a video of me singing on Facecrack not because I care what others think of my singing (they’re all first takes with me accompanying myself, not an easy thing for me to do like rubbing my belly and tapping my head!) but because I questioned […]

Love Me Some Lovato

What’s wrong with being Confident?  What’s wrong with being sober?  Not a f**king thing!  Got a bit of a crush on this one. 11 Inspirational Life Lessons From Demi Lovato Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Demi Lovato rang in four years of sobriety on Tuesday, taking to Twitter to announce the news. “This last year I experienced so […]

The Shame Culture

I don’t believe there is a more reasonable man alive than David Brooks.  I’m often shocked watching the PBS NewHour when Shields and Brooks go at it because, come on, Brooks is a Republican and we all know what that has come to mean.  But he truly is the embodiment of what being a Republican […]