Recommended Reading: Thank someone special

I mentioned earlier that for me, this year is about reconnection. Well, last week I visited a high school teacher that I had not seen since graduation! She had tremendous influence over who I became as a person, and I think of her often. So, I finally followed through on something I’d been thinking about doing for years. She had no idea of my admiration and all that she had taught me.

Soon after, I read an article titled, “The 7-Day Happiness Challenge.” I was so pleased to learn that I had inadvertently met the Day 4 challenge: “Thank someone special.”

Over the course of my career, I have had many jobs. I am fortunate to have made wonderful friends along the way and remain close to many of them. On the one hand, I loved reading in this article that scientific studies affirm my belief in the value of friendships. On the other hand, I wonder if those friendships would have “clicked” if we had been working virtually.

Recommended Reading: A moving article

Our work with clients often revolves around assisting them with dying without suffering. 

We were moved by this article — A Son’s Decision to Help His Father Die — in which Ben Griffith’s dad chose a method to end his life that was controversial — but protected by a Supreme Court ruling.

Our relationships with our pets can be lovely and we found two segments from 60 Minutes fascinating on so many levels. One was about the importance to humans of research with dogs. The other was about the importance of connection.

Recommended Reading: Family members

Many members of “The Sandwich Generation” are surprised by what it takes to simultaneously care for both children and aging parents. As a recent article points out, “The average caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who works outside the home and provides 20 hours per week of unpaid care to her mother.” Read more here.

Another family situation that requires careful planning is thinking ahead regarding those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Many do not have long-term plans for when family members lose the ability to help them access government services or care for them directly. Read more here.

Recommended Reading and Resources: Diets

Available evidence demonstrates that the typical American diet is shortening the lives of many Americans. I’m pleased that more attention is being paid to the topic and that the current administration will hold the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 28th, during which they will announce a new national strategy.

As I look forward to the national strategy, I was intrigued by this article about personalized diet apps.