Letter From the Publisher
Jan 31, 2016 09:55PM
This month we are feature friendships—how important it is to have them, ways to build them and the benefits of keeping them. I love this topic and was fascinated to read about the research that has recently been offered about the value for happiness, good health and a sustained life if one has friends to help guide the way.
I am blessed to have a great group of friends—both near and far, who help fill my life with shared experiences, valuable advice and loving support. My husband, John, is my best friend as well as my deepest love. It is so beautiful that we have nurtured this relationship to a place that has exceeded my expectations. Yet it does require work, compromise and, at times, a bit of sacrifice. Perhaps my favorite “quote” about love and friendship is actually a biblical passage, a standard at many wedding celebrations, and for good reason. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” It is a daily walk to nurture this love and friendship but it is well worth the journey.
One reason my friendship with John is so strong is that trust is at the core of our relationship. This is particularly important for me, as I always have had as many male as female friends. Another man might be jealous of the time I spend with my guy-pals but John understands the comradery I share with them. Perhaps it is the byproduct of growing up with two brothers, but having male friends is important to me—as well as fun.
Although sometimes, it is just so great to hang with “the ladies.” Sharing the bonds of female friendship, with friends close by who regularly share lunch with me, and with those who no longer live nearby but stay in touch through social media, calls and notes, shape my being. And the research bears that out—that building and sustaining friendships is considered, according to The Happiness Project author, Gretchen Rubin, “probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness.”
Also this month, we explore the growing movement for biological and holistic dentistry. While there is a massive wave toward more holistic health care, in matters of the mouth, the trend has lagged a bit behind. But hopefully, not for long. The greater D.C. area is lucky to have some of the leaders in the country (and perhaps, the world) in biological dentistry, whom we highlight this month. If we are concerned about what food and medications we consume, it makes sense that we should be as vigilant in understanding what types of metals and other materials we are putting into our mouths—which can remain for decades and affect your health on so many levels. I encourage you to learn more about the importance of holistic dental care this month and see if it is time to rethink your own approach to caring for your teeth and gums.
Finally, we are coming into event season, with lots of exciting ways to connect with the greater community of wellness seekers. Kicking off next month are Grow Your Health, a gardening, local food and wellness festival takes place in Fairfax and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival, offering different approaches to learning about your health and the world around us. Plan to attend – or better yet, take a friend!