Miss Val

LISTEN | SILENT

Listen | Silent

When was the last time you were more than 10 feet away from your smartphone? Was it within arm’s reach when your head hit the pillow last night? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, fear and separation anxiety from our smartphones is so common researchers have actually given it a name: nomophobia (no-mobile-phone-phobia). I don’t have to be a behavioral scientist to recognize this …

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The Greatest Generation

This past week we observed, with gravity, the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, as well as the passing of Senator, Professor, Marine Aviator, Astronaut, Engineer and devoted family man John Glenn. In listening to the few remaining survivors of the USS Arizona, as well as the eulogies of John Glenn, I am overwhelmed with a sense of awe and ineptness. I fully …

Book

“The Geography of Genius” by Eric Weiner

“The Geography of Genius” by Eric Weiner Have you ever wondered why certain pockets of the world cultivated a band of geniuses during a specific period of time and haven’t been able to sustain that culture or hot bed? I’ve never thought about this fact until I picked up my latest amazing book: “The Geography of Genius” by Eric Weiner. Bestselling author, Weiner, traveled to …

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The Core of Holiday Cheer

I view the holidays the same way I view Pilates: strengthening my mind, body, soul and spirit from the inside out. Pilates fortifies my body starting with all the muscles that wrap around my core and pelvis, which elongate and stabilize my skeletal system—much like the roots of a tree. From there I notice the increase of strength in my major muscle groups. Comparatively, strengthening …

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Grateful vs. Gratitude

I was asked to speak about Gratitude the other day along with Carol Bakhos, chair and director of the Center for the Study of Religion program at UCLA and Alex Korb, a neuroscientist, writer and coach on the study of happiness. The discussion that ensued was fascinating. Korb revealed exciting yet not surprising facts about the benefits of gratitude. Korb described how gratitude boosts the …