If You Want to Be Happy, Try to Make Someone Else Happy

A new study shows that doing kind things for others is an important path to happiness.   When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he assured Americans of their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This idea seems to lead many Americans to chase after new gadgets and hedonistic pleasures. But[…]

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day – Everyday – from Home

Earth Day 2021   Every April 22, we celebrate Earth Day! Whether it’s a walk through the woods, picking up litter (while walking!), or buying more Earth-friendly products, here are 10 ways that you can help to care for your planet—plus some absolutely beautiful poetic verse to inspire you!   The “green things growing” whisper me[…]

Largest Genetic Study on Children with COVID-19 Takes a Closer Look at Mutations

    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles conducted the largest pediatric genomic COVID-19 survey to date. The study reports a possible link between certain SARS-CoV-2 mutations and disease severity. Samples showed high levels of genetic variation in California.   Like many viruses, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, undergoes many genetic mutations as it spreads across[…]

Help for Caregivers

General Help     National Family Caregiver Support Program https://www.acl.gov/programs/support-caregivers/national-family-caregiver-support-program  The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), established in 2000, provides grants to States and Territories, based on their share of the population aged 70 and over, to fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones[…]

Is It Possible to Overcome Implicit Bias?

Explanations and Impacts of Unconscious Bias   An implicit bias is an unconscious association, belief, or attitude toward any social group. Due to implicit biases, people may often attribute certain qualities or characteristics to all members of a particular group, a phenomenon known as stereotyping.   It is important to remember that implicit biases operate[…]

Sportsmanship … and why it matters

Education is incomplete without sports, and sports are incomplete without a true education of sportsmanship.   As millions head back for another year of school, I wanted to use this post to share an insight for all students athletes, parents, coaches and fans.   The choice made by athletes to engage in sportsmanlike behavior depends[…]

Ways to Successfully Cultivate Social Wellness for Life

What is social wellness?  It is about nurturing ourselves, others and our relationships. Social wellness consists of not only balancing our own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, but also actively participating as an interdependent piece of the bigger puzzle of humankind.  Thus, even as we care about our personal connections, we also care about[…]

The Harmful Effects of Racial Stereotyping

We all have stereotypes about other people. And those stereotypes can hurt you as well as the individual you’re stereotyping. Here’s how to become more aware of your stereotypes and the impact they have.   Racial stereotyping involves a fixed, overgeneralized belief about a particular group of people based on their race. And while some[…]

Tips for Telling Stories That Are So Interesting Listeners Won’t Be Tempted to Pull Out Their Phones

“I’m having the absolute worst day,” a friend of mine said as she sighed and plopped herself down in the chair across from me at a restaurant where we were meeting for after-work drinks and appetizers.   “Oh, no! What’s going on?” I asked her, giving her the prompt she needed to launch into her[…]