I recently spoke at the New York Spa Alliance (NYSPA) annual symposium (see the SpaTrade blog here, and my blog on another session from the conference here). The theme of the symposium was “Pampering versus Wellness,” a debate which has been raging in the spa industry for the past few years. Actually, it hasn’t been […]
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Breaking News: Money Actually Can Buy Happiness
The relationship between wealth and happiness is complicated. People are always excited to hear (and share) snippets of research that seem to indicate that money doesn’t buy happiness. It is comforting to believe that happiness and wealth are not related because it means we don’t have to keep trying so hard to make a buck. […]
Four Big Ways Spas Contribute to Greater Health and Wellbeing
Just last week, I attended the New York Spa Alliance (NYSPA) annual symposium (see SpaTrade blog here) and was able to hear from Mark Liponis, the corporate medical director for Canyon Ranch, who spoke on “Why Wellness Pays.” Liponis has a unique perspective as a physician who has been integrating medical services into the spa […]
Why is Childbirth so Freakin’ Painful?
As any book or guide on pregnancy and childbirth will tell you, “labor is extremely painful.” But this does not sufficiently capture the severity, intensity and duration that expectant mothers often go through. Guidebooks should include a few more clarifying statements such as “No really, we mean it, it is incredibly painful” and “As painful […]
Welcome to The Psychology of Wellbeing!
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the application of psychology to human well-being and performance. Even prior to working in the spa industry, where I have worked for the last twenty years, I was a personal trainer and fitness instructor and was interested in how the mental states of […]
Welcome to my new blog on the psychology of well-being, dedicated to researching the mental and spiritual sides of holistic wellness. I’m glad you’re here. Please use the links to the right to subscribe either via RSS feed or via email. The first post will be coming this week. Thank you for visiting!