What Can You Be Grateful for Today?

Developing gratitude is a practice that holds the power to transform our lives from within.  The act of exercising one’s gratitude muscle can “profoundly change your brain.” You are literally programming a portion of your brain to look for what’s right about your life instead of what’s wrong. It’s the reticular activating system (RAS), and it filters all the sensory information our brains draw from the world. As you retrain your RAS, your brain makes a subtle shift in priorities. In short, you become [...read more...]

What Can You Be Grateful for Today?2024-03-20T15:04:17+00:00

Would you like to be happier and less stressed?   Go outside!

Anything that puts you in regular contact with nature has a decidedly positive impact on the nervous system. Fractals are patterns in nature that repeat at different scales.  These patterns […read more…]

Would you like to be happier and less stressed?   Go outside!2019-09-26T23:57:36+00:00

New Screening Recommendations for Depression

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported last week on the recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that all pregnant and postpartum women to be screened for depression.  Dr. Pratt discusses research showing that maternal depression during and after pregnancy often goes unidentified and untreated presenting a significant potential risk to both the baby and the mother. Maternal depression is associated with pre-term birth, low birth weight, lower academic achievement, and an increased risk of mood and anxiety disorders across the child’s lifetime.  Universal implementation of this [...read more...]

New Screening Recommendations for Depression2019-09-26T23:24:55+00:00

No Joke: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Dr. Pratt is interviewed for this Union Tribune article on laughter and health. By Erinn Hutkin Special to U-T San Diego 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2014 April Fool’s Day means humor, and in society, funny can be found everywhere, from TV to movies to comedy clubs and social media and of all places, even medical facilities and hospitals. Around San Diego and elsewhere, hospitals and other medical offices are offering classes in laughter yoga for community members, employees and patients with conditions such as cancer [...read more...]

No Joke: Laughter is the Best Medicine2019-09-26T23:10:29+00:00

Healing Love Pain

We all want to give and receive love as part of our lives. However, when love doesn t work out, you may be stricken by the pain of lost or broken love, often called a broken heart. This feeling of love pain can disrupt your balance in life in both practical and profound ways including loss of concentration, sadness, lack of energy, and becoming blocked from moving ahead in life. When love is lost, trust broken, or your heart breaks, the shock, disbelief, and even [...read more...]

Healing Love Pain2019-09-26T23:03:36+00:00

Code to Joy Forward by Larry King

The twentieth century had its share of medical miracles.  I should know.  When you've survived a heart attack, had quintuple bypass surgery, and you're still going strong a quarter-century later, it gives you a pretty healthy appreciation for modern medicine. Still, there are some aspects of the human condition medicine can't touch.  Or at least it couldn't until now.  Modern medicine has made us a lot healthier—but what about happier?  That may be where the frontier of medicine lies in this still young century. [...read more...]

Code to Joy Forward by Larry King2019-09-26T23:00:58+00:00
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