Family Health

The Science of a Spiritual Child

In an age of calorie counting and exercise worries, it can be easy to forget that children have a fulfilling means of achieving health: the soul. Spirituality is a proven vehicle for children’s health.

Recent research on childhood spirituality has shown that kids who have positive, active spiritual relationships are 40 percent less likely to use and abuse substances, and have 60 percent less depression as they grow older.

Patient quality of life motivates family-oriented physician

Justin T. Phillips, M.D., has an abiding empathy for patients who want the same quality of life he enjoys at home with his wife and three children. His personal mission is to help patients achieve lasting health and happiness through his expertise in neurosciences.

Dr. Phillips joined Norton Neuroscience Institute in July after completing extensive studies in geriatric neurology and movement disorders.

How to enjoy family during the holidays

Hint: It’s all about letting go

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, the family is snuggled on the couch sipping hot cocoa and sharing stories of old. Kids are playing a board game and getting along — getting along! Who doesn’t dream of joyfully perfect holiday gatherings? The reality is family relationships are complicated and holiday gatherings can bring about stress, anxiety and maybe even depression. This holiday season, change things up. Here are five tips for enjoying time with family:

How to get your kids to tell you everything

This blog is courtesty of Christine Carter, Ph.D, sociologist and acclaimed author of Raising Happiness.

So how can you get more than a “fine” out of your kids when you ask them “How was school?” Drawing on techniques from some of the most brilliant people I know—parenting expert Amy McCready, child and adolescent psychologist Shefali Tsabary, and Harvard-trained life coach Martha Beck–I’ve pieced together the following plan.

3 rules for raising happy, resilient kids

On any given day, a visit to a local playground will uncover a wide range of children’s emotions. When expressed properly, these emotions foster growth, maturity and happiness in children.

How do children learn to understand their emotions? And what can parents do when a child explodes in anger or hides in sadness?

In her book “Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents,” sociologist Christine Carter, Ph.D., explains how emotions shape everything children do and learn.

Patient experience sparks career change

Seema Kulkarni, APRN, grew up in a small village in India, then moved to Mumbai after she married. She says parents strive for the best for their children In India.

“Education plays a lot of importance in the family,” Kulkarni said. “Everybody is concentrated on it. They save money to send you to college to get a good education, and they always hope you’ll become an engineer or doctor or lawyer.”

Bikes + helmets + fun = family health trifecta

We all know regular exercise is a key part of a healthier lifestyle. And when it comes to staying motivated to exercise, we all could use some encouragement. Here’s a compelling reason why bicycling should rank high on your “to do” list.

It’s a lot of fun.

Jeremy Sprecher, director of finance and operations for Norton Women’s & Kosair Children’s Hospital, is an avid cyclist. He happily encourages his family to join him in riding.

Going confidently through life

A lesson in being happy and living well

Go Confidently is a speaker series presented by Norton Healthcare. It was created to inspire people to realize their full potential through thoughtful discussions on health-related topics of interest. Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian inspired 480 Louisvillians on June 3 with her positive disposition, humor and cooking skills, while providing the audience with tips on eating healthfully on a budget.