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Your favorite story of 2023
This year readers were captivated by the story of a young college student who suddenly develops psychosis and turns terrifying. Solving the mystery of his illness took 20 years and a chance encounter with a doctor who had been obsessed with patients’ cases as a medical student.
This is the story of April Burrell and the doctor determined to help her. It is an uplifting story about both science and the human spirit. I hope you enjoy it.
Our healthy eating tips
I’ve learned a lot about healthy eating from Anahad O’Connor, whose Eating Lab column remains one of your favorite features of Well+Being. You will never hear Anahad saying that you should diet or deprive yourself of it. Instead, his advice focuses on how you can incorporate healthy foods into your daily eating routine. He recently summarized years of advice with seven of his favorite tips in this helpful column.
Our most popular fitness story
Gretchen Reynolds, our fitness columnist, always has helpful guidance on staying active and avoiding the dangers of a sedentary life. Our most popular fitness story of the year was about rethinking the 10,000-steps-a-day mantra. It turns out, you don’t actually need to take 10,000 steps to be healthy. Gretchen covers this story in our new guide, showcasing our seven best tips from 2023 for making exercise a habit.
Our Brain Matters columnist, Richard Sima, delights us every week with his column about the brain’s role in our health and happiness. His most popular column of the year is this delightful audio experience about the mental health benefits of birdsong. Tune in and enjoy the chirping.
And for more from Brain Matters, Richard has compiled his best brain tips of the year.
sleep is your health goal
Every week, we ask therapists, psychologists, and other mental health experts to share their insights and advice. This year, your favorite On Your Mind column was about how to deal with waking up at night.
Your Top Questions for a Doctor
Our Ask the Doctor columnist, physician Trisha Pasricha, fearlessly answers readers’ questions about bathroom issues, supplements and anything else that comes to mind. No question is off limits, as we learned this year, when our most popular column was about stool frequency and color.
We’ve compiled our 10 best health tips from our Ask the Doctor column this year.
Bonus Holiday Gift: A Simple and Fast Winter Workout
Try this fun and simple 11-minute workout that you can do indoors or outdoors. It involves three body-weight exercises squat thrust, knee tuck and mountain climber that you perform for one minute before resting. Get a timer and follow the video for a fast and fun workout that will have you feeling energized for the holiday season.
Happy Holidays from the Well+Being Team! We wish you all a safe, happy and joyful holiday season.
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