Well Being

Americans feel less sense of well being, according to a recent Gallup poll. You can see the poll results. The report notes that the Life Evaluation sub-index fell 14.3 points from a high of 47.4 in February to a low of 33.1 in November. The Life Evaluation Index categorizes respondents as either “thriving”, “struggling”, or “suffering”, in accordance with how they rate their current lives as well as their expectation of where they will be in five years using a “ladder” scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10, where “0” indicates the worst possible life and “10” the best…

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Acceptance and Healthy Lives

Acceptance is a key to healthy living and loving relationships. While I could cite the science of this to the nth degree, I think illustration is useful. As I write this I am waiting at the Arizona Cancer Center; it is my 15 month checkup, after the amputation of my right ring finger for what is called, subungual melanoma—a very rare cancer under the fingernail. The Center has only had five cases, and this is one of the world-class places for the treatment of melanoma. The atmosphere of the Center is both calming and anxiety provoking. The beauty of the…

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