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It's that time of year again to make those promises to ourselves that we hope to keep in the New Year. Franklin Covey releases results from a New Year's resolution survey every year in December. For 2009, here are the top 5 New Year's resolutions:

1.) Get out of debt or save money.
2.) Lose weight.
3.) Develop a healthy habit (like healthy eating or exercise)
4.) Get organized.
5.) Spend more time with family and friends.

Unsurprisingly, the top 5 New Year's resolutions for 2009 are pretty much the same as for 2008. It's also not surprising that two out of five have to do with health and fitness! While we appreciate the work that Franklin Covey puts into getting this data, we do think they lump quite a bit together in order to abbreviate. The bigger question, though, than WHAT people are resolved to accomplish in 2009 is HOW should you make your New Year's resolutions so they stick until 2010 and beyond?

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By LAWRENCE KUTNER

WHEN I was 4 years old, my parents, who were atheists, thought I should have a choice of celebrating either Christmas or Hanukkah. When I found out that you receive presents on only one day for Christmas, but if you celebrate Hanukkah you get them for several days, my choice was clear.

"There's no way children that age can make a decision about religion," said Dr. Bennett L. Leventhal, the director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago. "They simply don't have the cognitive skills to handle anything that complex or abstract. Even with teen-agers, their decisions may be more of a response to peer pressure than to theology."

For many families, this is a season of religious celebration. The holidays also call attention to religious differences within families and between friends. This is especially true for families where the parents are of different faiths, and in stepfamilies where the children have different religious beliefs and training.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

 Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

It is the end of Daylight Savings Time and the beginning of shorter days and longer nights. For many people, especially women, this annual change of seasons also triggers a change in mood, leading to feelings of fatigue, depression and anxiety — more severe than just winter blues.


According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, about half a million Americans suffer from winter-onset depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Although more common in northern regions where the winters are longer, the condition plagues residents in southern regions, too.

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Is there an association between a Mother's Mood and Her Baby's Sleep Patterns?


Babies born to depressed mothers may have much more chaotic sleep patterns early in life. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Michigan Health System)

 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If there's one thing that everyone knows about newborn babies, it's that they don't sleep through the night, and neither do their parents. But in fact, those first six months of life are crucial to developing the regular sleeping and waking patterns, known as circadian rhythms, that a child will need for a healthy future.

It is crucial to developing the regular sleeping and waking patterns, known as circadian rhythms, that a child will need for a healthy future.

Some children may start life with the sleep odds stacked against them, though, say University of Michigan sleep experts who study the issue. They will present data from their study next week at the European Sleep Research Society meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.

Babies whose mothers experienced depression any time before they became pregnant, or developed mood problems while they were pregnant, are much more prone to having chaotic sleep patterns in the first half-year of life than babies born to non-depressed moms, the team has found.


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A tribute to the great American novelist who left us all a little less alone.

 

Sep. 14, 2008 | He talked about how difficult it was to be a novelist in a world seething with advertisements and entertainment and knee-jerk knowingness and facile irony. He wrote about the maddening impossibility of scrutinizing yourself without also scrutinizing yourself scrutinizing yourself and so on, ad infinitum, a vertiginous spiral of narcissism -- because not even the most merciless self- examination can ignore the probability that you are simultaneously congratulating yourself for your soul-searching, that you are posing. He tried so hard to be sincere and to attend to the world around him because he was excruciatingly aware of how often we are merely "sincere" and "attentive" and all too willing to leave it at that. He spoke of the discipline and of the abrading, daily labor such efforts require because the one imperative that runs throughout all of his work is the intimate connection between humility and wisdom.



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"Congratulations to Michael Phelps for winning eight Olympic gold medals. I applaud him and his mother for speaking about AD/HD. Mr. Phelps shows that it's possible to go beyond coping with AD/HD and truly achieve. His candor addresses stigma and, hopefully, will inspire others to seek help," said AACAP President Robert Hendren, D.O.


"It's important for people living with AD/HD to pursue interests they enjoy and at which they excel," explains Marie Paxson, CHADD's board president. "Phelps's success demonstrates that being a part of a supportive family, setting goals, engaging in enjoyable activities, and receiving positive feedback are all important in building self-esteem. Phelps is clearly an exceptionally talented athlete and a source of pride for the millions of people affected by AD/HD."

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