In her book To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed, Alix Kates Shulman writes about sticking with her husband after a fall left him permanently brain-injured. Here, Shulman talks to Tango about how she copes with aging, care-giving and embracing her life, as is.
Talking to your cats or treating your dog like a child isn't crazy after all. In fact, it's rather good for you. The results from a University of Chicago study reveal that in the absence of human connection, we anthropomorphize, or cast human-like characteristics onto pets, a supernatural or god figure or, less frequently, gadgets. The motivation comes from self-preservation not delusion. "It's actually a greater risk for morbidity or mortality than cigarette smoking is. Being lonely is a bad thing for you," one U of C professor involved with the study told ScienceDaily. Researchers referred to the Tom Hanks' film Castaway as depicting "a deep truth about the irrepressibly social nature of Homo sapiens." In the movie, Hanks survives for years on a deserted island because of his projected friendship with a volleyball that he names Wilson.
In addition to green tea and pilates, you can now add a good fight with your spouse to your list of ways to stay healthy. Seriously. According to a new study from the University of Michigan which looked at 192 couples over 17 years, holding your tongue when you are pissed off—could prove fatal.
The New York Post reported today that thin couples have hotter sex lives, according to a recent Readers Digest poll. Forty-five percent of men and 46 percent of women believed that losing weight would improve their sex lives. I can’t say I’m completely surprised, although one quote in particular really stood out: “Twenty-six percent of women who are overweight would much rather eat live bugs than let their partner watch them walk out of a well-lit room naked.” Eek.
Women are plagued by physical imperfections or a negative body image that go virtually unnoticed by the object of their affection. Is it possible for us to find beauty in our flaws? "Many women swagger confidently through business meetings and cocktail parties. But once they shed the armor of Diane von Furstenberg and True Religion they become flustered schoolgirls, ashamed of everything from scars and birthmarks to stretch marks and small breasts. n an age when many women yearn for the airbrushed perfection of Beyoncé and Jennifer Aniston, it's easy to assume that men do, too."
Ever notice how when you're feeling down so is your body? Emotional hangovers from stressful episodes; such as spats with our bosses, friends, family or lovers, can bring heartache to the extent of heartburn, palpitations or chest pressure. The key to maintaining your physical health in such times is to recognize that you're emotions affect your biochemistry and taking steps to counteract it. There are a few simple remedies to keep yourself emotionally healthy.
Addicted to chocolate? You're in luck! Everyone' favorite guilty pleasure is actually healthy, according to the American Heart Association. It can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, but make sure you stick to dark or bittersweet for high flavanols and low sugar. Here are some great recipes you can try with this newly listed health food in the ingredients.