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5 tips to feel better and be better in “sweet ’16.”



The winter of a new year is a great time to rethink your habits and set the bar a bit higher when it comes to health and happiness. We all have different goals and struggles, but we needn’t feel alone—certain key principles can help us all. Consider these five simple, straightforward (notice we didn’t say “easy”) ways to increase your well-being, starting now.

1. Think small

Eat better. Get fit. These are big goals, best approached with small steps, according to wellness coach Brett Blumenthal, author of 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You.“We all know that a major overhaul doesn’t happen with a snap of the fingers,” she says. “But a big change can be made up of many small ones, and if you focus on one thing for a week, you can maintain that change while you add a new one the following week.” One week’s emphasis on the goal of “eating better,” for example, could include slashing the sodium in your diet, or staying properly hydrated, or making certain smart choices at the supermarket.

Blumenthal’s latest book, 52 Small Changes for the Mind, explores less tangible concepts, such as reducing stress and increasing happiness. Among her suggestions are “Make time for music each day” and “Smile as often as possible,” both of which are backed by research linking these practices to improved well-being.

“We can all make micro-changes in our lives that add up and, over time, tend to become habit,” says Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Manhattan and author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy. “And that’s when the benefits really start to accrue.”

The small things you don’t do, or what Dr. Michaelis calls “micro denials”—the week without wine, the birthday party at which you skip the cake—can be just as important. “Every form of ancient wisdom or religion has some denial built into it, such as fasting,” he points out. “Denial gives you a sense of control over your environment. Having the wherewithal to hold back on something, even for a little while, helps our self-esteem.”

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All are invited to participate in the 4th Annual HERO 5K Run on November 10, 2019 at 9:00am at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. The HERO 5K is a 5K run/walk to support the...

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William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
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William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
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The Hermitage Museum
335 North Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ  07423
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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

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William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
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William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

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William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
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Telephone: 973-720-2371
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The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William...

Cost: Free

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William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Marybeth Zeman
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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Join us for partially guided meditations every Monday afternoon from 1:10-1:45pm. Learn to mediate or expand your current practice. Come experience the benefits of meditation and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Krame Center
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Gallery Bergen presents new works by the Bergen Community College Visual Arts faculty in a diverse multimedia exhibition titled, (Pro)found Objects. The exhibition opens with a reception on...

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Ramapo College of New Jersey
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Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
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Cost: $8

Where:
The Hermitage Museum
335 North Franklin Turnpike
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More information

In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
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Contact Name: Marybeth Zeman
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The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
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Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
View map »


Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Website »

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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
View map »


Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
View map »


Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Every year, hundreds of artisans and crafters from around the country offer unique holiday decorations and unusual gifts items for sale. Many of these are one of a kind and cannot be found...

Cost: $8

Where:
The Hermitage Museum
335 North Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ  07423
View map »

More information

The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
View map »


Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
Website »

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In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Marybeth Zeman
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The Lords of 52nd Street, New York’s favorite band, perform their legendary hits that helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound and popular music career. From performing on...

Cost: $30-$35

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300 Pompton Road
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