There’s a critical seven-letter word often concealed in speech by a whisper. People are afraid to say it. It’s hard to talk about, but there’s a lot of curiosity swirling around the topic. It happens every 40 seconds worldwide. What’s this mystery word that elicits such fear? Tilt your screen so no one can see. We are talking about suicide. Sounds terrifyingly dark. Despairing. That’s...
As vehement rhetoric is blasted from all points on the political spectrum this election season, it is easy for children to copy the not-so-emotionally-intelligent language and behaviors modeled by adults—politicians and citizens alike. Have you found yourself or someone you know yelling obscenities during the evening news, or making a moral judgement of another driver on the interstate because of a campaign bumper sticker? When politics and emotions...
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Article originally published on PurposeSpeaks.com. Have you been anywhere recently where you could feel a radiating aura of enthusiasm? I’m referring to the type of excitement that’s visceral, but on an ordinary day. If not, I’ll take you there. Between the walls of an elementary school there’s a pivotal transition period that occurs between the structured school day and recess. It’s one of inspiration, and...
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GUEST POST Most people have probably heard of “special brownies,” the term used to describe cannabis-infused brownies that, when ingested, provide euphoric effects similar to the effects of smoking marijuana. Cannabis brownies are typically known as the most common form of edible marijuana products, often referred to simply as “edibles.” Edibles are appealing to individuals who want to use marijuana without having to smoke it and may...
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How often do you sneer at your own reflection or mutter a self-deprecating comment because you feel unhappy with the way you look? Perhaps tough to admit, many of us are guilty of being unkind to ourselves. You may vow never to wear clothing that accentuates the features you deem unacceptable, or make incessant remarks about dimples, flab or extra pounds. Nicknames have been given...
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When someone’s eyes begin to water and the first teardrop trickles down their face, there’s a pretty standard response from people. Tissues are whisked from the Kleenex box and offered. It’s a quick panacea for sadness as though dabbing the soft cotton fibers will ease emotional pain. Well-intended words attempt to console the person crying, along with outstretched arms welcoming an embrace. “It’s going to be...
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Thanks to social media the word “friend” has morphed into a term synonymous with acquaintance, associate, and sometimes even straight-up stranger. Before sites like Facebook and Instagram gave us friends and followers, social interaction wasn’t so passive. It took effort to communicate and connect. The bulk of social exchanges happened in person. Remember a time when there was no such thing as friend requests? Before social...
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Once you hook up that video game console to a screen in your home, you’ve made a family decision. Video gaming becomes part of your parenting strategy. Good or bad. You own that choice. That little box will be a bargaining chip. It will carry social implications. The games will compete for time devoted to studies, sleep and perhaps even personal hygiene. Video gaming itself...
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The shrill ring of your cell phone rouses your mind alert as your limbs begin to shake off the stillness of sleep. It’s nearing midnight. Who could be calling? It’s the parent of a student who goes to your teenager’s school. They sound panicked and are throwing words at you a mile a minute. You hang up and rush to your teen’s bedroom to check...
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Parents of teenagers frequently find themselves distraught over the sudden change in the relationship they have with their maturing adolescent. There can be reports of abrupt shifts in their teen’s demeanor, along with emotional distancing. Does this sound familiar? Teen goes into their bedroom, shuts the door, and offers up few words without parental interrogation. While this could be a bit of an exaggeration, the years...