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Ten Habits to Cultivate a Healthy and Happy Life

By Katherine McKee

1. Sleep.

Between 7 to 9 hours a night is ideal. Find what works for you and strive to get that amount every night. Go to bed and rise at the same time every day.

Sleep is that golden chain that ties our health and our bodies together.
―Thomas Dekker

Sleep 7-9 hours per night

2. Exercise.

Move your body every day for at least 30 minutes. Find what you love to do and do it. Dance, run, walk, bike, swim, yoga, any sport or physical activity will do.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
― Henry David Thoreau

3. Eat well.

Eat healthy food often to fuel your mind and body. Eat lean protein and lots of fruits and vegetables. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
― Hippocrates

Eat healthy

4. Stay connected.

Reach out to family and friends daily.

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
― Brené Brown

5. Set goals.

Write SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) goals and work towards them daily. Goals that are written are more likely to manifest.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
― Albert Einstein

6. Be of service.

Reach out to others in need, volunteer, or smile at a stranger.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
― Mother Teresa


7. Embrace change.

Change can be difficult and fear of change can be paralyzing. Keeping our arms and minds open we can find the good in change.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
―Joseph Campbell

8. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Keep a grateful journal, say thank you often, and acknowledge your many blessings in life.

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
― Melody Beattie


9. Be yourself.

Everyone has unique gifts and talents that are needed in the world. When you allow yourself to truly be who you are, you allow others to be who they are.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. Forgive early and often.

Life goes much smoother if we forgive ourselves and others. If we hold onto negative events they color our future and may ruin today’s happiness.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Newsletter Articles – September 2015

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As we move into the fall semester, challenges present themselves with the ever-changing student and their abilities to navigate in the kitchen. Several current students, as well as those in the past, have expressed trepidation when faced with such tasks as cooking on the stovetop. These fears are realized by the impending thought of getting splashed with hot oil during a session of sautéing or pan-frying while attending cooking appointments.


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