Did you know that expressing gratitude can improve the quality of your health and even add years to your life expectancy? Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, is a leading researcher in the field of “positive psychology”. His research supports the theory that those who develop an “attitude of gratitude” can experience a wide variety of health benefits.
The theme of this year’s National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) is “Friends Helping Friends.” A friend is anyone who is there to offer support, care, concern and a listening ear. Friends can be peers, family members, mentors, teachers…anyone! For those in need, the National Runaway Safeline is set up to be a friend and to provide support for any youth in crisis as well, 24/7.
Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. This year's theme is "Teens Need Families, No Matter What” and it centers on efforts to achieve lasting permanency for teenagers in foster care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stresses that teenagers who have spent years in foster care need the commitment and care of a loving family to help them transition into adulthood.
November 1st marks the beginning of Military Family Appreciation Month; a month-long celebration during which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members.
Throughout the month of November, military families will be honored and recognized for their support of our military and nation. This is an excellent time to recognize these families for the commitment and contributions they make every single day.
Have you ever found yourself thinking, “who am I and how did I get here?”
With spouses, children, jobs, and life events demanding our attention, it’s not uncommon to occasionally lose sight of who we are. We set aside our dreams, goals, or aspirations to deal with the “here and now”.
Are you currently feeling lost? It is never too late to re-discover yourself!
Get to Know Yourself
Stopbullying.gov states, “When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.”
In light of my current crazed mental state, I hit upon the idea of writing on the topic of the “organized mind” for this blog piece. Imagine my surprise (and feeling of validation that I am not alone) when I found a book written by neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin entitled, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.”
October is the ADHD Awareness Month and the 2017 theme is “Knowing is Better: ADHD Across the Life Span.”
This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the belief that:
I had an epiphany the other day; I work so hard to make a living for my family, but what about working equally hard to make a life for myself?
At the end of most days, while I felt that I’d accomplished something in my professional life there was always the feeling that something important was missing.
Most days, it seemed all I had time to do was work. I felt depleted and started brainstorming ways I might enrich my life. Make time for other things that mattered. Prioritize.
So, I decided that each day I would do something to feed my:
The start of school was always a favorite time of mine. Fresh school year, new school supplies, new classmates and professors, the feeling of “anything is possible." Yet along with the excitement of starting something new, there was apprehension about the course load and work involved – would I be up to the challenge?
For those who may have been out of the learning arena for awhile, these apprehensions may be magnified. However, there are steps that you can take to set yourself up for success: