The Hills Magazine Interview

Erica spoke to The Hills about her life story and the struggles she has had to overcome. Her positive attitude reigns no matter the obstacle. In fact, her childhood experiences within the Nazi regime bloomed within her a strong will to persevere. To read the full...

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How Do I Find My Purpose?

Many of us give far too little consideration to our life’s purpose. We just get up, go to work, pay the bills, grab meals and entertainment along the way, go to bed at night and then do it all again the next day. Our culture doesn't train us to think critically about...

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The Path to Longevity

Did you know… according to the U.S. government’s Administration on Aging: The population age of those 65 and over numbered 46.2 million in 2014, which is a 28% increase since 2004. Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.3 years. In...

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10 Fun Facts About Laughter

The following list is by Robert Provine, author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation Laughter is an instinctive behavior, produced and recognized by people of all cultures. Most laughter is not about humor; it’s about relationships between people. We are 30 more...

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You Can Never Laugh Too Much

The body of knowledge on laughter—its origin, its psychology, its physiology, its role in society—is extensive. Yet if you boil it down to its essence, what’s most important is recognizing the amazing benefits that laughter provides. Here are just a few: Laughter...

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Creating Luck in Your Life

Noah Webster’s dictionary defines luck as "a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favorably or unfavorably for an individual, group or cause". The theory of luck is based on a timeless question about whether or not the universe...

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Trauma Informed Care Symposium

It was such an amazing pleasure and honor to speak at the 5th Annual Trauma Informed Care Symposium in Indianapolis on May 18th. The event was sponsored by the Indiana Department of Child Services for a group of 450 service providers from the IDCS, schools, probation...

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Live Life with Gusto

Gusto is a great word and just saying it creates a mental picture and brings life into the conversation. In its simplest form, gusto refers to the enjoyment or vigor in doing something. It’s an attitude of enthusiasm, zest, delight, glee, and positive energy. How does...

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Resiliency

In life, we cannot escape painful disappointments, losses and stress, but we can choose how to recover and respond to them. That’s where resiliency comes in. It is our ability to spring back from pain, learn from trauma and tragedy, and in spite of it all, continue on...

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Life Is an Adventure and A Gift

As we travel on the journey of life, we can learn from those who came before us. Here is a collection of wit and wisdom from others. If one or more of them speaks to you, post it where it is visible to you as a daily dose of motivation. “Remember that man lives only...

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Losing a Spouse

There’s no way around it. At some point, one person in a marriage is going to outlive the other. Sometimes, death is sudden. At other times, spouses watch their significant others decline physically, mentally and spiritually for extended periods. Regardless of the...

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Two Simple Concepts About Aging

There are many complex theories about aging—so many that thinking, reading and processing your beliefs can be overwhelming and, sometimes even demotivating. However, in my opinion, we can identify two principles that are essential for living the lifestyle of the...

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Overcoming Stress

Stress, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “a state of mental or emotional tension resulting from adverse of very demanding circumstances.” Often stress results in a feeling of powerlessness or depression that can spiral out of control and leave people feeling...

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Facts About Aging

The aging population around the world is increasing at an unprecedented pace, and the numbers are astounding. According to the World Health Organization: (http://www.who.int/aging/about/facts/en/) Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60...

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Five Tips for a Better Life

There’s no question about it, happiness is a personal choice. No matter what age, what circumstances, what challenges or stresses exist, people can develop a better psychological outlook that will lead to better relationships and a more enjoyable life. Here’s how: Pay...

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Misconceptions About Aging

It’s time to challenge ourselves about what we think about getting older. In previous eras, people thought about the “sunset” years as a time of declining physical and mental health, a period where purpose and connection dwindle, and isolation and depression take over...

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