Focus on mental health

Just last week another local teenager took his own life. He was in the ninth grade. Suicide is not a joke and, unfortunately, it is not overly discussed. It is real. It takes the lives of many people every single day. Suicide knows no gender, race, or profession. It does not discriminate and it cannot … Read moreFocus on mental health

These 8 ways will help you discover greater happiness in your life

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi Behavioural psychologists often deliberate on ways to create a happy society. Personal development articles and books offer the secrets to happiness and I am no exception. Some people conclude that money plays a role in the … Read moreThese 8 ways will help you discover greater happiness in your life

6 Steps to make happiness stick

It’s easy to agree on the fact that we all want happiness in our lives. It’s more difficult to agree on what exactly it is and how to get it. This is something that could be holding your very own happiness back. You know you want to be happy and you know it’s important for … Read more6 Steps to make happiness stick

Minimalism 101: Habit-building strategies to minimize desire and consumption

Many people who call themselves minimalists begin their journey into owning less (and consuming less!) through a massive decluttering purge or a drastic lifestyle change such as moving into a tiny home. But for me, purging my closet every couple years and keeping the house organized was never the issue. My parents were neat freaks … Read moreMinimalism 101: Habit-building strategies to minimize desire and consumption

Five hacks for a good work-life balance

In today’s often intense work culture, it can be difficult to strike and successfully maintain a good balance between work and our personal lives. This, in many cases, can cause burnout. Here, we provide for some tips on how to keep this balance and avoid self-sabotage. Reportedly, people in the United States work more than any other population, … Read moreFive hacks for a good work-life balance

The forgotten victims of domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, but every day of every month of every year is a good day to help someone get away from violence. Domestic violence is an ongoing experience of physical, psychologic and/or sexual abuse in the home that is used to establish power and control over another person and spans all … Read moreThe forgotten victims of domestic violence

Psychological impacts of natural disasters on youth

Research examines how a new criterion for studying post-traumatic stress disorder better suited for children exposed to a natural disaster Children’s mental state plays an important factor in their developmental growth. After recent storms devastated parts of the U.S. — Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Caribbean and Hurricane Maria in … Read morePsychological impacts of natural disasters on youth

Lets Talk: Irony Laced Ignorance

Sooo…it’s happening again. People are outraged at the protesting of the  U.S. National Anthem. I’ve read articles about people video taping (is that still a relevant phrase?) themselves burning jerseys and season tickets that they bought…and I can’t help but think of how all this proves is their ignorance of what’s really going on in … Read moreLets Talk: Irony Laced Ignorance

‘Distraction from happiness’: Writer encourages people to live with less

You could call Joshua Becker an early pioneer of the minimalist movement.   If you haven’t read his books on minimalism, you might recognize him from the documentary “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.” The Wall Street Journal bestselling author was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and attended junior high and high school in Wahpeton, … Read more‘Distraction from happiness’: Writer encourages people to live with less

Molecular changes may impact risk of PTSD

New research suggests the reason some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder while others do not may be because of molecular changes, specifically alteration in micro-RNA as related to gene regulation. In a controlled study involving military personnel on deployment to a combat zone in Afghanistan, researchers from the Netherlands discovered evidence that blood-based miRNAs may … Read moreMolecular changes may impact risk of PTSD