Category: The Well

Recipes, quizzes, and more interactive fun to keep you well

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

hearty_vegetarian_chiliTry this yummy vegetarian version of chili. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Ted Kolota, Marketing and Communications, UMass Memorial Health Care – Hahnemann Campus, Worcester, MA.

Have a Very, Merry Mindful Holiday

mindfull mind full holidaysGuest Blogger: Patti Holland, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School

The holiday season is upon us! This time of year offers so much … as does every moment really. For many people, this can be a festive time spent with family and friends. For some, however, this can be a time of heightened loneliness. And for most of us, what is intended as a time of joy and celebration can quickly become one of overwhelm and stress. We may go between thoughts of too much (to do, to cook, too many people in this house!) or too little (money, time, patience, no one in the house). We may find ourselves riding one wave of emotion after another. Excitement gives way to exhaustion, joy gives way to sadness.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

50 Ways to Be Kind

It doesn’t take much to be kind. Here are 50 ideas. How many of them do you do? Share other ideas in the comment section.

  1. Fill parking meters. It’s a simple act. Kids love thinking they are helping someone, and it never costs much.
  2. Saying please and thank you are a great start.
  3. Listen and assume heartfelt understanding.

What Do Step Ladders and Candles Have in Common?

man on roof hanging lightsIf you aren’t careful, both can result in injury. The holidays are a time for friends, family, and festivities, but they also can be a time for injuries too. Accidents while putting up or taking down decorations top the list during the holiday season, followed by cuts from opening gifts and burns from candles. Be safe this holiday season by following these safety tips from the National Safety Council.

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