Kindness: Don’t Filter It; Release It

What is free, never-ending, a gift, and key to positive mental health? 

The answer to the above question is kindness.

Since 1998, the world recognizes November 13th as World Kindness Day. The United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and the U.A.E rally behind this international holiday and use it as a reminder of the importance of kindness in all aspects of life. Countless articles educate and inspire readers to utilize kindness when interacting with others and the world in general. However, while you’re offering kindness to others, remember to give kindness to yourself as well.

The Psychological & Biological Effects of Kindness

PIH Health made a powerful argument in the case of kindness when they said the following: “A life not lived for others is not a life,” observed Mother Teresa. There may be truth to this, according to Mental Health America. Psychologically, acts of kindness make us feel grateful, empathetic, and compassionate. These are positive feelings that give us a sense of belonging and community. Biologically, kindness releases chemicals like the “love hormone,” oxytocin, which helps us form social bonds based on trust.

Dartmouth joins PIH Health on the Kindness Bandwagon,

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Losing a Child: The Loss, The Surrender, & Tips to Help

You become the best actress possible.

The Oscar.
The Emmy.
The Golden Globe.

All the awards go to you when you are forced to survive the death of your child.

The Loss

A child’s last heartbeat triggers the deformation of their parents’ hearts.

To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself forever. The realization that everything– from your morning cup of coffee to your marriage to every relationship and experience in your life–

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THE BATTLE OF THE BOWEL Spoiler: Aging is the Underdog

“The first thing to understand is that what goes in is supposed to come out- albeit in a very different form and with some nutrients missing. We eat and drink to sustain our bodies and after the digestive system extracts the necessary ingredients from our ingestion, the wastes are excreted as liquids in urine and solids in feces.”~ Medical University of South Carolina

The above quote is a perfect segway into a conversation about bowel movements and aging. Although it would be nice for bowel movements to treat us with the same consistency and gentleness as they did in our younger years,

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Summer Outings are Not an Excuse to Give Health the Day Off

Sodium-Packed Chips
Sugar-Infused Soda
Icing-Drenched Donuts
Perfectly-Rectangular Poptarts
Fried This
Fried That
Processed This
Processed That

The above represents one typical day of snacking and slurping on a camping trip. It’s not that any of the above items should be banned, it’s that having all the above items in a single trip is a swift uppercut to both your physical and mental health.

As the summer sun calls to families and outside excursions like hiking,

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Create a Guilt-Free Zone & Tell Them “Go Play”

“Go play.”

Most adults heard these two words on repeat their entire childhood. They heard them so much so that now when thinking back on their younger years, those two words conjure a smile and feel like a portal to a world they wish they could return.

Independent Play is Crucial in Child Development

Experts agree that independent play, a time when a child plays alone without siblings or parents or anyone else, is crucial to a child’s development. The following are thoughts from a few of those experts:

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Destination: Blamesville. Passenger: 1. Baggage: Poor Health

It’s that time of year, again.

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and children everywhere, young and old, are scampering off to find the perfect gift to honor their dad. Some will lean toward tradition with a new tie, some will usher a mischievous grin and chuckle with a gift that summons an inside joke, while others will pull at the heartstrings with a gesture that is emotional and sentimental. With all this thought and love wrapped around fathers in June, it’s no wonder that June is also Men’s Health Month.

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PTSD: Wreaking Havoc from the Inside Out

One would think Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month would be one of the historically gloomy months. The time after Santa visits and before the flowers bloom. This is not the case. June is PTSD Awareness Month. It’s during the time of year when boats skim the water’s surface while they hold an entourage of people who are elated with their sun-kissed bodies and seemingly have no worries other than how much fuel is in the boat and whether they brought enough snacks and drinks to last until nightfall.

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Negativity, Children, & Dr. Seuss: Self-Talk Matters

Muffin top.
Big-boned.
Sausage roll.
Cottage cheese.
More wobble than a gobble.
Crescent rolls bursting along its seam.

The negative talk too many people think and say about their body is heartbreaking. There is nothing funny about feeling insecure, and there is nothing heart-warming about someone who makes a joke or spews sarcasm at their own expense.

Words Hold Power

Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria, Inc. (ADAVIC) was spot on when it said, “Even though you may expect only teenage girls to engage in negative body talk and body shaming,

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Your Skin: Worn Every Day & Craving Protection

Tank tops.
Jean shorts.
Swimsuits.
Boat rides.
Festivals.
Sun-kissed.
Tan lines.

As spring nears its end and summer prepares to commence, visions of longer days and the sun’s inviting warmth call to us. We long for the hours of extra sunshine and for some, there is also a yearning for a change in their complexion. A desire for a decent tan pushes many to throw caution to the wind and forgo reapplying sunscreen or to forget the sunscreen altogether.

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Positive Touch & Social Distancing: Their Marriage Matters

An article published on March 13th of 2020 about current Google trends included a heartbreaking sentence: Searches for loneliness have peaked at the highest point in Trends history, since 2004.

Physical Touch: The Ghost of What Used to Be

As fears of the coronavirus and the virus itself engulf the world and social distancing becomes more important than family traditions, human contact, outside of one’s home, disappears from society’s landscape.

Grandmothers no longer kiss their grandchildren’s heads as they bake chocolate chip cookies together,

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