How to Be Yourself When the World Seems So Messed Up

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By Dahlia Garofalo, B.A. and Cindy Nichols Anderson, Ph.D. ABPP Be yourself? That seems like such a tall order. Yet, identity helps us feel grounded and capable. It increases our agency, purpose, and confidence. It also helps us connect with society, loved ones, and people working towards common goals.  In the midst of the pandemic […]

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Healthy (and Fun) Communication During Family Holidays

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…As each of you prepares for your family holidays, maybe you are also considering what to expect this year. Even though you may have had sadness or loss, political changes or political consistency, marriages or divorces, there are often unifying factors. There are often things that can bring you closer as a family to talk about over snacks, dinner, or desert. Moreover, there may even be things that you can talk about that are not uncomfortable….

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Gratitude is Important to Teach to Children

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What is gratitude? Gratitude is simply being thankful and ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness to others. Parents want children to appreciate gratitude.  However, it can be difficult to teach these skills. Why is gratitude important? Gratitude promotes positive mental health for both children and adults.  According to a study conducted by Robert A. […]

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Music for Strength: 10 Songs That May Help Get You Through Tough Times

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Music is powerful  Music has existed from the earliest of times to the streaming services of today.  Many of us can think of a song connected to something important in our lives.  It could a vacation, a fun day with friends, or graduation.  When we hear that song again, it often brings back memories of people, events, and […]

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Self-Care Thoughts as You Go Through Trauma or Hardship

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Most people go through something terribly hard in their lives A study from the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that out of over 1000 people in the US, almost 70% had experienced some type of traumatic experience.  These events can include things like traumatic death, sexual assault, and domestic assault. Rates are similar […]

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The Gratitude Tree

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For those of you who have not visited lately, there is a tree in the hallway outside our office. It’s not a real tree in the vegetative sense, but merely in the artistic sense. The tree is just a large sticker, and next to it, a sign asks, “What are your grateful for?” Simply take a post-it leaf or bird, write one small thing that you are thankful for, and put it on the tree.

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7 Quick Tips About Gratitude

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Being grateful doesn’t mean finding good things to drown out the bad, or to somehow say that you’re not allowed to feel grumpy because you have things to be grateful for. Ultimately, it’s trying to remind ourselves that often we have both; that our lives are both wonderful and difficult, light and heavy, fun and frustrating. It’s taking on a practice that says maybe sometimes you get to be grumpy and grateful.

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