Can A Bad Marriage Kill You? Study Says, “Yes, and A Good Marriage May Heal.”


From Science DailyThe affairs of the heart may actually affect the affairs of the heart in ways previously not understood."Growing evidence suggests that the quality and patterns of one's social relationships may be linked with a variety of health outcomes, including heart disease," says Thomas Kamarck, professor of psychology and Biological and Health Program Chair in the University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. He is an author of a new study that correlates … [Read more...]

Frequent Arguing Doubles Risk of Death by Mid-Life


Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.  (See Science Daily for full article)Researchers quizzed almost 10,000 men and women aged 36 to 52 about their everyday social relationships. The researchers focused particularly on who, among partners, children, other relatives, friends and neighbors, made excess demands, prompted wo … [Read more...]

Religion & Spirituality Affect Health in Different Ways


Are people who say they are "spiritual but not religious people" not as healthy as people who are both spiritual and religious?  That could well be the case.Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health, new research from Oregon State University indicates.  "Religion helps regulate behavior and health habits, while spirituality regulates your emotions, how you feel," said Carolyn Aldwin, a gerontology professor in the College of Public Health and Human S … [Read more...]

The Secret of Forgiving Yourself


We're heading into Lent and, as I noted on the show today, it's a time where lots of us will end up facing some degree of temptation to beat up on ourselves for failing in our efforts to fulfill our Lenten penances.  Beyond this, though, forgiving oneself for one's failings and struggles is a constant struggle.  It can be hard to know what forgiving yourself means much less how to do it.As I've shared before, St Augustine said that  forgiveness is what happens when we "surrender our natural d … [Read more...]

Ricki Lake to Produce Documentary on Dangers of the Pill


I admit I never saw this coming.  Check out the story here which includes an anti-contraceptive pill tweet from Ms. Lake herself.    Here's a sample of the article.Lake will act as executive producer alongside director Abby Epstein in a full-length film based on Holly Grigg-Spall's book Sweetening The Pill: or How We Became Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control.“In the 50 years since its release, the birth control Pill has become synonymous with women’s liberation and has been thought of as so … [Read more...]

No, She Can’t Play That Game Either

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The NYTimes has an article about the effect of the college hook-up culture on young women and their potential for happiness in life and relationships.  It is a poignant and painful look at what happens to a culture when it defines itself by its ability to produce instead of the quality of its character and depth of its relationships.The title of the article is, "Sex on Campus:  She Can Play That Game Too."  The implication, of course, is that men have been having casual sex for centuries and … [Read more...]

Cultivating Joy


Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:16-18).    That's a tall order St Paul lays on us.  It can be hard to remain joyful even when times are good, but it's especially challenging when life becomes complicated or downright difficult.  The first thing to remember is that while joy and happiness are related, they aren't the same thing.  Happiness is more fleeting and dependent upon our environment, while joy is a state of being that allows us to hold on to a s … [Read more...]

Ignorance is…Just Plain Ignorance (Or, Why Catholics Need to Stop Promoting Scientology’s Stigmas About Mental Health)


Earlier today, I posted a video that offered a cautionary view of medication.  The point of the video was that while medication can sometimes be helpful, it can also be problematic if it used to mask other relationship or personal problems that are actually causing the depression. In these cases, medication can actually keep a person depressed longer because the person may experience just enough relief to lose the motivation to solve their underlying problems.  They may get better, but never be w … [Read more...]