Archive for April, 2014

Life Experiences — Not Things — Make You Happier

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

For one of the experiments in the study, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, researchers surveyed study participants before and after they bought something. Before making the purchase, the participants said that they were aware that a life experience would bring them more happiness, but that it would make more sense financially to buy the material item.

But their opinions changed after making the purchase, researchers found. The participants said post-purchase that not only would happiness be greater with a life experience, but that the life experience was also a better value than the material item.

In another experiment, participants were asked to prioritize either value or happiness in purchasing something. Those asked to prioritize happiness were more likely to pick using their money for a life experience, while those asked to prioritize value were more likely to choose a material item.



The Root Causes Behind Many Health Problems May Surprise You

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

From her office in the peaceful and picturesque Laurel Heights neighborhood, Paula Braveman directs the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California (San Francisco) and writes prolifically on the links between class, race, and health. She spoke recently to National Journal about the complex relationships among opportunity, biology, personal responsibility, and the way Americans live and die. Edited excerpts follow.

A lot of people are not familiar with the phrase “social determinants of health.” What do you mean by that?

We mean the factors apart from medical care that have a powerful influence on health.

In assessing America’s overall health, how important are the social determinants, such as poverty and disparities in income and education, versus medical care?

There are people who [conclude] about 10 percent of premature mortality is due to lack of access and/or deficiencies in medical care. If I had to guess, I’d say maybe 20 percent [is medical care].

That would mean roughly 80 percent of premature mortality is related to the social determinants?

Once you’re sick, you want medical care. But what is it that shapes whether you get sick and how sick you get? It’s the circumstances into which you were born, you grow up, you live, you work.


Cat Unrolls Toilet Paper, Then Politely Puts It Back (VIDEO)

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Book Signing at Regis Univ. Bookstore on Thursday 24 April 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Denver author, counselor, coach, and professor Thomas Ramey Watson will be doing a book signing at the Regis Univ. Lowell Blvd. Bookstore on 24 April Thurs. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. He will be reading from his popular new book Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man. The memoir is about his remarkable Afghan hound rescue named Baltho, with whom he shared a psychic bond, helping Dr. Watson in his counseling practice by pointing out things Watson missed. He will also read from two new books of poetry, The Necessity of Symbols, and Love Threads, a remarkable narrative of an often paranormal love affair that takes place mostly in the soul realm. Dr. Watson often talks about his many mystical experiences not only with the living but with those who have passed on. The presentations will be interactive, welcoming questions and comments from attendees. See

Coffee and Wine in Moderation Keep Your Mind Young

Friday, April 18th, 2014

These two adult beverages — one that wakes people up in the morning and another that relaxes them in the evening — may help keep the mind young: coffee and red wine.

According to research, these two beverages — if enjoyed in moderation — might help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Staying Sharp
The recent news is no reason to start a coffee or wine habit. But if they’re already part of your beverage repertoire, you might be interested to know that both seem to contain ingredients that could help ward off dementia. Animal studies show that something in coffee may help trigger the release of a special growth factor — granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) — that recruits cells from bone marrow to help sweep out beta-amyloid deposits. (Those are the pesky plaques that cause Alzheimer’s symptoms.) And the polyphenols in red wine may have similar benefits, reducing levels of peptides that contribute to Alzheimer’s plaques. (Related: Do you forget things simply because you’re distracted? Find out what the symptoms of adult ADHD are.)

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Dog Detected Owner’s Cancer Before Medical Scans Found It

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Nearly 4 Million Seriously Mentally Ill Still Without Insurance

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

[The] 24 states that chose not to expand their Medicaid programs, offered under the Affordable Care Act . . . have left about 3.7 million Americans with serious mental illness, psychological distress or a substance abuse disorder without health insurance, according to a recent report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), a group that represents mental health professionals.

In states that agreed to expand Medicaid, about 3 million people who have those conditions and were uninsured are now eligible for coverage, according to the report.



Like all counselors I believe we need more mental health services offered, not fewer.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Currently taking new coaching and counseling clients.  I am starting at least two new groups, one for those dealing with loss–especially of beloved animals and people; the others depend on the desires of the group.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Book Signing


Denver author, counselor, coach, and professor Thomas Ramey Watson will be doing a book signing at the Regis Univ. Main Campus (Lowell Blvd.) Bookstore on 24 April Thurs. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. He will be reading from his popular new book Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man, about his remarkable Afghan hound named Baltho, with whom he shared a psychic bond, helping in his counseling practice by pointing out things Dr. Watson missed; and two new books of poetry The Necessity of Symbols, and  Love Threads, a remarkable narrative of an often paranormal love affair that took place mostly in the soul realm.

Dog Drinking In Slow Motion From ‘The Secret Life Of Dogs’ (VIDEO)

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

And, sure, many of you already know that they have a rather unique drinking style — all that water seeming to slosh and splash up against our faithful furball’s face. In real-time, dogs seem to douse their faces, hoping some of that water creeps down their throats.

But, seen in ultra slow motion, that simple act has an utterly fascinating grace.

Check out this clip from the also-kind-of-brilliant documentary The Secret Life of Dogs. It shows an Alsatian drinking water filmed with a Phantom camera at 1000 frames per second.

Watch video. Fascinating.

Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.