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Your favorite story of 2023
Readers were captivated this year by the story of a young college student who suddenly develops psychosis and becomes catatonic. Solving the mystery of his illness took 20 years and a chance encounter with a doctor haunted by the case of patients as a medical student.
This is the story of April Burrell and the doctor who is determined to help her. It’s an uplifting story about both science and the human spirit. I hope you enjoyed it.
Our healthiest eating tips
I learned a lot about healthy eating from Anahad OConnor, whose Eating Lab column continues to be one of your favorite features from Well+Being. You will no longer hear Anahad telling you to go on a diet or wean yourself off. Instead, her advice focuses on how you can add healthful foods to your daily eating routine. He recently summarized a year’s worth of advice in this helpful column of seven of his favorite tips.
Our most popular fitness story
Gretchen Reynolds, our fitness columnist, always has helpful guidance for staying active and avoiding the dangers of being sedentary. Our most popular fitness story of the year is about rethinking the 10,000-a-day step mantra. Turns out, you don’t really need to take 10,000 steps to be healthy. Gretchen included this story in our new guide featuring our seven best tips from 2023 for building an exercise habit.
Our Brain Matters columnist, Richard Sima, delights us each week with his columns about the brain’s role in our health and happiness. His most popular column of the year is this fun audio experience featuring insights into the mental health benefits of birdsong. Tune in, and enjoy the hum.
And for more from Brain Matters, Richard has rounded up his best brain tips of the year.
Sleep is your health goal
Each week, we ask therapists, psychologists and other mental health experts to share their insights and advice. This year, your favorite On Your Mind column is about how to deal with night waking.
Your top questions for a doctor
Our Ask a Doctor columnist, physician Trisha Pasricha, fearlessly answers reader questions about toilet issues, supplements and anything else on your mind. There is no question that it is not limited, as we found out this year, when our most popular column is about the frequency and color of poop.
We’ve rounded up our 10 best health tips from this year’s Ask a Doctor column.
Bonus holiday gift: A simple and quick winter workout
Try this fun and simple 11-minute workout that you can do indoors or outdoors. This includes three body-weight exercises squat thrusts, knee tucks and mountain climbers that you do for one minute at a time before resting. Grab a timer and follow the videos for a quick and fun workout that will get you in the mood 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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