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Lifestyle By On February 13, 2017

What makes a happy home?

I figured out about three years ago how much my environment and surroundings contribute to my own well-being. It was then that I made some major life decisions: I decided to live alone, get a dog and turn my house into a home. Since then, I’ve learned even more about my own habits and what contributes to my happiness. Decorating…

Lifestyle By On February 4, 2017

‘Flower Power’ is a real thing

In the past year, I’ve realized how powerful fresh flowers can be. They’re not only beautiful, but can boost happiness as well. A study published in this article found that “patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired, and generally were…

Lifestyle By On December 19, 2016

De-stressing with a pre-holiday staycation

For being the “most wonderful time of year,” the week or so before Christmas is always stressful. Between last minute-shopping, gift wrapping, holiday parties and other activities, there’s hardly any time to relax. This year I was lucky enough to be able to take a vacation day and have my work schedule conveniently allow for a four-day weekend, and it…

Lifestyle / Reading By On December 17, 2016

What’s on my reading list: Winter 2016

If the weather is anything in your area like it has been in western Pennsylvania this week, there’s no way you’re getting outside to go on any adventures. Here, we’re currently dealing with over an inch of ice on the roads, snow on the ground and constantly changing temperatures. Instead of venturing outdoors, I’m spending my time off curled up…