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Category Archive: Wellness and Wellbeing


Good Deeds Create Instant Karma

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She was tiny, ancient, and very, very slow. The old woman, stooped with osteoporosis and carrying a large grocery bag, inched toward the supermarket entrance. “Can I help you?” I asked. She said yes without hesitation and handed me the bag (it was feather-light). Minutes later we reached the customer […]

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Sharing Stories Can Ease Symptoms of Illness

Sharing stories helps people cope.

When times are tough, it can feel good to share stories and feelings. Research says that for people dealing with a health journey, both telling and listening to stories can help them cope and even reduce symptoms of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and other conditions. Caregivers can use […]

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How to Collect Family Oral Histories

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Stories are incredibly powerful ways to connect families. Take my grandfather’s stories. He was never a man to brag, but by asking him a few questions, I discovered that he lived a remarkable life. One year, I spent several winter afternoons with him and a tape recorder, asking him to […]

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Maddy’s Story – Reaching Out with the Promise of Love

The power of reaching out.

In 2001, Cheryl Karpen received a desperate phone call from a father – and old friend – whose daughter had tried to end her life. “Maddy trusts you,” he said. “Won’t you please reach out to her?” At 16, his daughter was fighting a hard battle to fit in and […]

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Words from My Sister – Living, Loving and Laughing Through Cancer

A CaringBridge Journal inspires.

I was considered the writer in the family. Whether writing books or addressing an audience of soccer moms or CEOs, words seemed to flow effortlessly from my heart. Many of my customers confessed they’d hang onto my newsletters for months, insisting their husbands and kids read them too. Never at a […]

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