“Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means ‘bouncing back’ from difficult experiences.” (Source: American Psychological Association). Rick Hanson is the bestselling author of “Hardwiring Happiness” […]

If you have been a patient, a worker, or a visitor at UVM Medical Center, you may have noticed a fleet of green-vested individuals. Those are volunteers. A small subset of those green vests are endowed with a hand-cut heart shape, signaling access to a collection of intriguing art supplies and a mind for creative […]

Compassion fatigue was one of those terms I heard thrown around when working in social service settings. I remember it being referenced in employee trainings and reacting with nonchalance. Who, me, get compassion fatigue? Me, not having indefinite empathy? Impossible! And then I received a phone call that changed my life. I was told that […]

January is a time to reflect on lifestyle changes that you want to improve upon. We suggest doing so by making small goals throughout the upcoming year versus big changes. The approach of making goals that are attainable and realistic helps build healthy changes into your everyday life. Identify the most realistic options. Pick a […]

Try something new and different in thinking about your 2017 New Year’s resolution. Set a goal that is completely new and different from any previous New Year’s resolution. Anyone out there interested in joining in the fun? Refresh Your Resolution Focus A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that among the most popular New […]

Fall into some healthy habits this autumn! Vermont is the ideal place for it, whether you want to get moving, cook up some new healthy recipes (apples are back in season!), spend more quality time with family and friends, or even start in on financial savings for the holidays (yes, they will be here before […]

What is the “Sandwich Generation”? The term was coined in 1981 and defined women in their 30s and 40s who simultaneously cared for their children and the needs of their parents, friends, and employers. The term now refers to middle-aged Americans or Baby Boomers who provide time, energy and money to adult children while also […]

Lately, I hear people saying: “Gosh, it’s already November!” Yes, the autumn – and now stick season — is upon us and with that comes a shift in our energy and mood. We are naturally affected by changes in our environment, and our energy is influenced by the decrease in daylight hours. During these colder […]

Join The UVM Medical Center “Gift of Friends Giveaway” on Facebook and Instagram. The contest runs through December 14, 2015. We will show you how your social wellbeing connects to your overall health and wellbeing. Join the fun! Having close friends and positive social relationships are good for our health and wellbeing. Friendship has psychological benefits. […]