A Short Course in Happiness

What will really make you happy? Research reveals 4 common misconceptions. By Lynda Wallace (BHL) – Happiness has been appropriately cited as a goal in political debates on issues from taxation to the social safety net to marriage equality, but the debate is often confused. Some people claim that happiness is all in your DNA or bank account. The truth is that happiness is largely a matter of... »

Think Twice Before Jumping in a Public Pool this Summer

CDC study finds fecal contamination in pools A study of public pools done during last summer’s swim season found that feces are frequently introduced into pool water by swimmers. Through the study, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found germs in samples of pool filter water collected from public pools. CDC collected samples of water from pool filt... »

SAD? No, But Maybe A Bit Blue in Wintry Buffalo

by Darcy F. Wallen, LCSW, ACSW Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies, do I see… Irving Berlin  Did you know that gray weather causes some people’s poor moods to get even worse? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more prevalent in our region, where the sun shines less than it does in regions closer to the equator. So, what’s a wintry Western New Yorker to do? While most... »

the internet, girls, and self-esteem

It’s hard growing up today. The internet can make it that much harder. by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC             (Special to BHL) – From the age of twelve to at least eighteen years of age, a girl is under constant scrutiny about her body, looks and sex appeal. We have advanced technologically, but we haven’t gotten any less har... »

Gray Got You Blue?

by Dr. Kathleen Moore Do you find yourself feeling more tired, sluggish, and irritable as the days grow shorter? Are you sleeping more, eating more, craving sweets and other carbohydrates, perhaps gaining weight? Is it harder to get out of bed each morning?  If you find that these symptoms occur regularly each winter, starting sometime between September and November, and then completely disap... »

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