Living Well


Take Charge of Diabetes Prevention Translation by Juliana Sun   The elevated blood sugar that occurs with diabetes can lead to severe damage of many of the body’s systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and…
Laugh and Cry Your Way to Good Health By Xi Ti & Guang Xiao As adults, how many of us freely express ourselves through crying? Many of us hold back our tears, believing that crying is an embarrassing act. But is it? What about the health benefits of shedding tears?   Let It All Out In one of her books, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, American psychia…
Pillows for Sound Sleep By Mu Feng & Dan Shan   Sound sleep is essential to a productive waking life and good health. The requirements of a healthy sleep life are worthy of care and attention. One crucial element for a rested, pain-free body is the pillow. Choosing the right pillow can mean the difference between an aching neck and waking up limber and refreshed.   It is importan…
Sleeping Positions Affect Health By Hao Yue & Dan Shan   Every one of us needs an average of eight hours of sleep a night. That’s one-third of our lives spent sleeping. The positions in which we sleep are just as important to health as good posture and regular exercise during our waking lives.   Effects of Sleeping Positions Many of us are unaware that sleeping positions affect he…
Scars of Childhood: Let the Pain Be Your Strength By Caral Goh   Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it. — Russell Baker   Growing up is never easy. The physical, emotional and psychological changes that a child must deal with as they mature are overwhelming. The process of maturation becomes far more challenging when a child witnesses or experiences viol…
Weight Loss Wisdom: The Body Knows Best Spotlight on Health and Weight Loss By Joyce Hou, Kari Porter and Ana Ruvalcabq Eating the right foods in the right quantities is essential for achieving healthy weight loss. Utilizing gentle, holistic methods helps to ensure a lasting result. Listen to your body to choose the food you need, incorporate the simple tips below, and get inspired by two women …
Prostration: A Simple Way to a Better Life             Prostration is a spiritual practice unfamiliar to many Westerners, but one that has a long and significant global history. In both religious and secular contexts around the world, prostration has held an important place for its ability to foster wisdom and physical health, and demonstrat…
Tempering the Nails There once was a man who had spent much of his life plagued by a bad temper, a trait for which he had paid dearly. After many hard lessons, he became compassionate and tolerant. In order to teach his son, who seemed to have inherited his fiery temperament, to manage his anger, he came up with the following idea: One day, when his son was in a calm, receptive mood, the father …
      A Minimalist Lifestyle: Finding the Middle Way           By Caral Goh           Strolling along a vibrant street with shops lining the sidewalks, passing throngs of shoppers laden with purchases, and looking at the flashy billboards of advertisements, one’s senses and emotions could easily be overwhelmed. Unable to resist th…
      Lanterns and Lights: The Time-Honored Tradition                By Mu Xi & Ning Qi Yuan     Su Weidao, a poet who lived during China’s Tang dynasty,  vividly depicted the brilliant lights and crowded streets of  the Lunar New Year celebrations in his famous poem  “The Fifteenth Day of the First Lunar Month…