Happiness

9 Ways to Use Art to Practice Self-Care

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For artist Stephanie Medford self-care is vital. And it’s much more than manicures, massages and bubble baths. For Medford, who struggles with anxiety, self-care is getting over 8 hours of sleep each night. It’s meditating. It’s moving her body and being in nature. It’s also art. In fact, art is the foundation of her self-care. “I have always had a ...

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Antidotes for the Worrying Mind

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For better or worse, we’ve inherited a worrying brain. This was really good news for our ancestors, who had to survive harsh conditions and constant predators and did so by being able to pay close attention to potential threats and dangers. But this is not so helpful for us modern humans though, who can find ourselves pulled into future “what ...

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5 Ways to Declutter Your Brain this Spring

Spring Renewal: 5 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Get a Fresh Start

The coming of spring always feels like a time of renewal and awakening. People often use it as a reason to spring clean their homes and offices, making things feel fresh, clean and new. Reorganizing all your closets, cupboards, and drawers can help you feel re-energized in the moment, but don’t dismiss or neglect your mind — that needs a ...

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Insights into Loneliness

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Experts are warning us that we are in midst of a loneliness epidemic. In fact, the U.K. has recently appointed a minister of loneliness to deal with what Prime Minister Theresa May says is a “sad reality of modern life.” Our mobile society (with people increasingly moving away from family and friends), our technologically wired culture (where people are engaging ...

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How Volunteering Can Help Your Mental & Physical Health

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Many recent studies that have been done on volunteer work show how it’s connected to better health. Physical effects on the body, such as lowered blood pressure can be measured and impacted through helping others. Though some of us are introverts, humans need social connection in order to survive and thrive. Helping others not only makes you feel good about ...

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The Real Reason You’re Always Checking Your Phone

The Real Reason You’re Always Checking Your Phone

Have you ever noticed that no one looks up while crossing the street anymore? Most people are too busy responding to text messages or scrolling through social media to pay attention to their surroundings. Truth be told, I’m guilty of this myself. But nevertheless, it defies all logic. Why do we risk our safety to check if someone liked our ...

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Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts

“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”- the Dalai Lama Kindness is: “a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others,” according to Wikipedia.  It implies that other people matter as much as we do to ourselves. It indicates that we are not alone on the Big Blue Marble and that what affects one ...

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How to Be Kind to Yourself

How to Be Kind to Yourself

We tend to think that we have to earn self-kindness. That is, in order to be kind to ourselves, we must meet certain conditions. We must not make mistakes. We must work out five times a week. No exceptions. We must keep a tidy, organized home. We must make “healthy” meals. We must check off everything on our to-do list. ...

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Psychology Around the Net: April 14, 2018

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Happy Saturday, sweet readers! Did everyone survive yesterday? Or did you even realize it was Friday 13th? Honestly, I didn’t remember until around noon yesterday. To quote the great Michael Scott, “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” In other words, I didn’t wake up and begin anxiously awaiting doom around every corner, but, once I did remember ...

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Why It’s Good That You’re Not Perfect

Why It’s Good That You’re Not Perfect

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” – Brené Brown It’s practically a universal fact that almost everyone wants to get ahead. If I’m being honest, I must confess ...

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