Regardless of how strong our relationship is with our spouse, being together 24/7 can place a strain on even the best partnerships. During the pandemic, we’ve all had to learn a thing or two on how to maintain a healthy relationship those we are closest to.

Ashley Zlatopolsky of Beach Body recently published an article on how to have a healthy relationship when you’re home together 24/7. She recommends exercising the three Cs (compromise, commitment, and communication) to help your connection become stronger.

Here are six important elements Ashley lists to help us learn how to have a healthy relationship…


I heard a term recently that I was familiar with, but had not thought about in today’s context. Generally when the term “social fatigue” is used it describes a feeling of being emotionally overextended or exhausted by work. It has also been known to manifest itself in by both physical fatigue and a sense of feeling psychologically and emotionally “drained”.

We are social by design. However, the degree of social interaction needed varies by individual. …


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Back in the late 70s and early 80s, school lunch was simple. Mom would pack a sandwich, an apple or banana, a raw veggie like celery or carrots and either a bag of chips or sweet for desert. I would hang out with classmates, exchange heroic feats performed during the previous week’s big game and we’d laugh at each other. On occasion we’d even exchange lunch items to try something new that our mom’s didn’t place on the menu.

Life was much simpler and our lunch food seemed a little less dangerous. I was recently told by a grade school…


I heard someone make a statement recently, “If I could just accomplish X, I would be so much happier.” Really?

Our world has conditioned us to believe that if we work hard toward a goal, we will be happy someday in the future. After all, when we finally reach that goal, we have arrived and that significant accomplishment will then fill us with the relief, joy, and satisfaction that we in-turn translate as “happiness,” right?

Why do we view our happiness as a transactional investment into the future? We often look at happiness as the prize upon reaching a significant…


There are many pros and cons to the continuous wearing of face masks. Does it reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19? There is some evidence that it does help, just as it would during an active Influenza season. So does, regular hand-washing, social distancing, staying home when ill, and some basic common sense. Regardless of your stance or the mainstream media’s apparent over-the-top scare tactics, there are a few impacts to your health that you should consider.

As I was doing my own research into what is reality and what is fiction, one of the many writings that surfaced…


We all have that friend who is overly obsessed with their fiber intake and not afraid to share. They’re always telling you about how regular they are and how important fiber is for you — “Hey, you should eat more fiber!”

Some think that, if you eat more fiber, you’ll walk around passing gas all day due to consuming an excessive amount of fiber in the previous meal. That’s not necessarily true. However, understanding how much fiber you truly need can prevent the excess gas buildup and better balance your gut health.

Learn what fiber is, why it’s important, and…


While serving in the military for almost 23 years, I interacted on several occasions with human factors engineers, primarily in the aviation environment. In short, human factors engineers focus on how systems work in practice, with real and fallible human beings at the controls. They then attempt to design systems that optimize safety and minimize the risk of error in complex environments. One comment I heard time and again is there is no such thing as multitasking, especially within a complex environment.

Multiple studies over the years have confirmed that true multitasking, doing more than one task at the same…


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I recently read an article with a statement that basically said, your diet may determine your microbiome, but it’s your microbiome that determines your fate.” What a true statement, especially regarding the relationship of your gut health to longevity.

Since 19th century mathematician Lambert Quetelet developed the formula we now call Body Mass Index (BMI) to provide a quick measure of the degree of obesity, scientist and physicians have been using this measure of obesity across the general population to allocate resources and develop policy. …


“The Latest Studies and the COVID-19 Connection”

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The launch of 5G wireless networks has been met with both media praise and an equal amount of concern from health experts. Several warn that the technology to make our life easier, could likely be linked to increases of some cancers as well as other adverse effects.

Interestingly, COVID-19 has elevated concerns with many wondering if 5G radiation plays a contributing role in the development of the pandemic also. A study (forced to be retracted in July of this year) captured much attention and forced officials to take notice. …


Since March 2020, many say we are now living in the world of a “new normal.” I’m not totally sold on this prognosis, but I am observing many people almost eight months later struggling with remaining positive and physically / mentally healthy. Our normal routines have been disrupted or turned upside-down entirely. Entertainment venues are limited, restaurants have closed or significantly limited service and contact, and there has been a surge in delivery services such as DoorDash, Uber Eats and others to keep us isolated.

However, there are a few bright spots in this dark time. Many have chosen or…

Jim Humphrey — Live Well

After a life-threatening infection, Jim set out to ensure others understand the effects food and environment play on our ability to fight various infections.

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