Revolution Time!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | July 30, 2014 |

58 Reasons to Feel Good about Your Body (At Any Size!) Start a Revolution: Stop Hating Your Body! ​​— By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach​​ I am re-posting this excellent idea! One particularly hot September afternoon when my daughter was in the fourth grade, she invited a few friends to enjoy an after-school swim in our…

Buddha Wise

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | July 28, 2014 |

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”

About Time

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | July 23, 2014 |

“The truth is, I now don’t travel back at all. Not even for the day. I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day to enjoy it as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life “‘–Tim Lake Tonight my family and I watched the…

The skin you are in

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 15, 2014 |

What have you done to honor your body today? Assignment: Find a body lotion that you love. Maybe you love the scent of the lotion. Maybe you love the way it absorbs into your skin. Or, maybe, just maybe, the tactile connection between your own hand and your skin feels like a friendship.Or a romance…. Or…

Gratitude as one of nine choices

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 1, 2014 |

Greg Hicks and Rick Foster set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. The began to study happiness in 1995, and they eventually traveled to all 50 states, 7 continents, and over 40 countries, finding and interviewing hundreds of extremely happy people. Their initial research uncovered a system of nine choices that’s…

Chocolate cake: The weight of guilt and levity of celebration

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 26, 2014 |

A recent study in the journal Appetite examined the effect of eating chocolate cake. In particular, the researchers were interested in understanding the association of either guilt or of celebration with eating chocolate cake. In other words, when eating prototypic forbidden food like chocolate cake, were women likely to feel helpless and out of control (ie guilty) OR…

The non-secret secret is not a secret nonsecret. Or something like that

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 25, 2014 |

Do you criticize just about every nook and cranny of your body? Do you have a tape running in your mind, telling you that you are too fat? Self-talk can be so cruel! Here is a newsflash: The secret of successful, healthy weight management is not actually a secret. Say what? The solution is NOT diets,…

Multiple Choice

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 16, 2014 |

“How do I choose love if I hate myself?”, ‘Sherri’ (not her real name) asked me yesterday during her therapy session. I said nothing but could feel my eyes soften and water slightly. (Who does not know that feeling?!) She continued. “My stomach sticks out. I have a zit on my chin. The guy I hooked…

Divergent: In Ashley’s Words

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 14, 2014 |

In a recent magazine interview, Ashley Judd spoke about her role in the movie Divergent. Based on the book series, the film is about a society that divides people into five factions, each based on a different virtue.  A decision has to be made at age 16 to remain in the faction one was born into or switch into another, for…

Got happy?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 7, 2014 |

I was listening to a TED Radio Hour on happiness recently.  The host, Guy Raz, asked his guest, musician Pharrell Williams, to reveal the secret to happiness. Williams was perplexed. Here is what he said:  “I’m not some guy who’s walking around smiling every day.  We all have our ups and downs, lefts and rights, and diagonals.” ​This,…