Mind Body & Spirit

Studies show practicing gratitude has health benefits

Psychology professor and author Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., University of California at Davis, has been studying the effects of gratitude on physical health, psychological well-being and relationships for more than a decade.

Over the years, Emmons and his colleagues have studied more than 1,000 people ages 8 to 80. In this research, participants are asked to keep a daily “gratitude journal” for three weeks, making note of things for which they are grateful.

Opening up new possibilities in whole-person care

With the conversion of Norton Suburban Hospital to Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews, patients now have new options open to them in  their health care experience. However, these options are not traditional forms of medicine. They are not pharmaceuticals or exercise regimens or surgical approaches. They are part of a new side of health care, a side that continues to emerge and grow.

Pet therapy programs bring relief, calm to Norton Healthcare facilities

Kosair Children’s Hospital Gynecology Specialists latest facility to introduce pet therapy program

Many Norton Healthcare facilities offer pet therapy programs to aid patients in their healing. Also known as animal-assisted therapy, pet therapy contributes to patients’ mental and physical well-being. Some of these benefits include:

PTSD not isolated to military veterans

Typically when post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) makes the news, it is in connection with a current or former member of the military. What you may not know is that anyone can be affected by this mental health condition.

Millions of people worldwide experience PTSD. Any individual who has gone through a natural disaster, serious accident, violent crime or other traumatic event is susceptible to it.

Bike Safety in Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky was recently included in a USA Today list of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. And, with Mayor Greg Fischer calling for the addition of 40 miles of new bike lanes throughout the city in 2015, it seems the Derby City is set on growing this reputation.

Everyone can benefit from Louisville’s focus on improving the city’s rideability, from experienced riders to biking beginners. Whether you are hitting the streets for the first time or are a seasoned cycler, practicing bike safety at all times is key. Here are the safety essentials to keep you riding happy and healthy:

Recognizing the signs of depression

It was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Robin Williams by apparent suicide. He was one of those actors who was good at everything, from TV sitcoms to stand-up to drama. I was never disappointed as a fan. His death is tragic in many ways — it reminds us that even when it appears someone “has it all together,” the very real fact may be that they don’t.

I lost a friend earlier this year, also to apparent suicide. While not a public profile comedian and actor as Robin Williams, his suicide came as a similar shock to his family and friends. If you had known him or talked to him, you would never have known he was suffering from depression or any other illness that made him decide that taking his life was the only answer.

Summertime is the perfect time to give your heart a break

Retired or not. Regardless of age. It doesn’t matter — we all have stress. But summer is here, and it’s the season for de-stressing. Why? Because it’s good for your heart.

“People don’t realize how detrimental stress is to the heart,” said Theresa Byrd, R.N. “Stress sets off a chain of events in the body that begins with the release of adrenaline, which causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise.”