The Checkup: These Are the Two Happiest Ages of Your Adult Life

• Womp, womp: If you’re like me, the happiest years of your life — that would be ages 23 and 69, according to research — have either passed are in the very, very distant future. We wonder: Any coincidence those ages seem to line up with around when many folks are just entering the work force and when they are leaving it? [Well + Good]

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The Checkup: This Will Convince You to Never Charge Your Phone in Bed Again

• I am basically attachment parenting my phone: It goes everywhere I go and it sleeps in my bed. I am not proud. But that whole co-sleeping thing is about to be a thing of the past, thanks to this story of a man who, while charging his phone in bed with an extension cord, like many of us are guilty of doing, was hit with around 110 volts of electricity, suffering some serious burns. As he says, “From my experience to others, it is not worth your life charging your electronics in bed … I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on my worst enemy.” Heard. [Washington Post]

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A Philly Health Coach’s Guide to Getting Unstuck

You may be sitting where I was about a year ago — in a large office building, feeling like you’re not in the right place in your career, job, or life, but not knowing where you do belong, either. Or you may be perfectly happy in your career, but feeling stuck where you’re at with your health, weight, or relationships. Either way, I hope some of the lessons I’ve learned about getting unstuck from my quarter-life career crisis of sorts will help you through any change you’re making in your journey to ultimate health and happiness.

But first off, in case we don’t know each other already, I’m Sam Vander Wielen, a corporate-attorney-turned-certified health coach who helps (mostly) women learn how to create a healthy relationship with food/exercise, prioritize self-care, and live the life they want.

In 2016, I left my career as an attorney at a large law firm to start my own health coaching business, Hygge Wellness. It was hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done (and the Pennsylvania Bar is no joke!). Not only because I chose to walk away from great coworkers, an amazing managing partner, a generous salary, bonus, and the perks afforded to an attorney working at a great firm, but because I realized I had gone so far down a path I didn’t want, I didn’t know how to get back home. I know so many people, in various jobs in different fields, in the same position.

I realized life wasn’t going to hand me the perfect situation or timing to leave. It was actually pretty alarming to realize that I was in control of my happiness and future.

Here are the top 11 lessons I learned through the process of leaving my career as an attorney to chase my dream of starting my own business, helping others make themselves a priority, and spreading wellness across the Philadelphia region.

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The Skeptical Person’s Guide to Kick-Starting a Meditation Practice

We feel you: It can be hard to feel like you have room for meditation in your life — another thing to do?! — when you’re just so busy with life as it is. That’s why we reached out to Daphne Lyon, a meditation teacher and 500-hour registered yoga teacher at Amrita Yoga and Wellness who also surfs and teaches paddleboard yoga with Aqua Vida SUP. In case you couldn’t tell, she’s a busy gal who can relate to the daily grind.

“You have probably meditated before when you were on a run, knitting, painting or anytime you felt in the zone, completely focused, present, and in the moment,” Lyon says. “The practice of meditation is just that, but more controlled and with intention. We set the intention that we want to bring our awareness to in the present moment by watching the breath.”

We caught up with her for a Q&A about how to jumpstart your own meditation practice. (For starters, you can try her 3-minute guided meditation, because you KNOW you have three minutes!).Who knows? It could just be life-changing. As she says, “I feel so grateful for the ability to share this powerful practice with the community because the results are always amazing, no matter how big or small, and the practice truly transforms your life.”

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The Checkup: Why Having a Slow Metabolism Can Actually Be a Good Thing

• First off, according to an expert, we should be referring to our metabolisms as either efficient (read: slow) or inefficient (read: fast). And when it comes to metabolism, while a slow (er, efficient) metabolism is generally thought of as a culprit for weight gain, if you’re an athlete, it’s actually on your side, helping you store and maintain energy from food for workouts that require increased endurance. [Well + Good]

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PSA: Here’s When You’re More Likely to Turn Into an Internet Troll

Internet trolls: We all know them. Some of us are them. Working on the internet, I have encountered more than my fair share, and I do often wonder to myself, Why, dear troll, are you screaming “I know of a place you can shove your hoagie!” to a complete stranger? (Yes, that is a real comment on a real Philly Mag post.) Wouldn’t your energy be better spent … somewhere else? Well, researchers at Stanford and Cornell looked into just that question of why people exhibit troll-like behavior, and it turns out, under the right circumstances, lots of people — yes, maybe including you — are capable of turning into all-caps-typing monsters. Much of it simply depends on mood.

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The Checkup: WTF Is ASMR? (And Do You Experience It?) 

• Around a year ago, one of my friends tried to explain the feeling of ASMR — which has spawned tons of ASMR YouTube videos (Google it, I dare you) — to me and I just could NOT understand what she was talking about. At all. Here, an ASMR researcher breaks it down: “ASMR is a deeply relaxing and comforting feeling, usually accompanied by tingling sensations in the head,” usually caused by some sort of trigger, which can range from a soft whisper to seeing someone paint skillfully. Clearly, I’m not one of the lucky ones in the ASMR-experiencing camp, but if you’ve been looking for a way to identify this soothing feeling, there you have it! Now, to figure out what triggers you — I’m sure there’s a YouTube video to suit your needs. [Refinery29]

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The Checkup: Science Finds Unexpected Upside of Sweating in Saunas

• Bet you weren’t thinking your gym sauna sessions were helping your brain out, did you? Well, they could be: A new 20-year study performed in Finland found that men who hung out in the sauna four to seven times per week were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s than those who visited the sauna once a week. You don’t have to tell us twice! [Huffington Post]

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