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A Simple Framework for Self Care

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If you look around your home and realize you have no clean dishes, the dog is in need of a good grooming, and the garbage is smelling ripe, you may be thinking, “Who has the time for self care?” But when you are taking care of yourself and feeling good, it becomes so much easier to do the things you need to do. All those chores won’t feel so overwhelming when you’ve taken the time […]

Four Interesting Ways to Learn More About Yourself

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In some ways, you might think that it’s easy to know who you are and what you’re all about. After all, yours is the only perspective, you will ever have. However, the human tendency towards self doubt and denial can often blind you from the greatest truths about your own identity. Maybe you’re the kind of person who tends to think about the desires about those around you, before even your own. Or, perhaps, you […]

Connecting with Others in the Age of Social Media

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A study by Dr. Brian Primack et. al in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found an association between feelings of social isolation and higher levels of social media usage.  Social media purports to connect us, and yet, despite the constant sharing of Facebook Statuses, Instagram posts, or tweets, it can actually make us feel more alone. While I am an active user of social media, I also remember fondly what it was like to call up […]

5 Easy Things To Do When You’re Feeling Down

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If you’re feeling down on yourself, overwhelmed, or lost, here are five easy things you can do to help put you in a better mindset. 1. Look at Cute Videos of Baby Animals Unless you somehow hate all animals, baby animals make the world seem like a better place. The smile response is pretty instantaneous. For one of my favorite baby animal videos, check out Nayembi, a baby Gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Spoiler Alert: The […]

Reflections on Politics, Gratitude, and Thanksgiving

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This seems like a good time to write a post about gratitude. Sometimes I think that when we hear the word gratitude, we immediately groan and prepare ourselves to be told how we ought to be thankful. Or maybe that’s just me? I think the issue that I have with gratitude is that we’re often told we should be grateful for something in response to a negative emotion we’re having. If I’m having a bad […]

How to Learn a New Hobby for Free

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Lately, I’ve been feeling like I don’t have enough time to do all of the things I want to do. I wonder sometimes if I want too much. I’m the kind of person who always has two or three hobbies at a time. When I’m pursuing a new hobby, I read blog posts, borrow books, and watch online videos, all in the hopes of mastering the knowledge that I need to be successful. However, I […]

Sunday Mornings

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Do you ever feel like Sundays get a bad rap unnecessarily? People love Saturdays, and yet Sundays (at least for those who typically work Monday through Friday) seem to get the short stick. This Sunday morning, I’m writing from  my laptop at the Harvard Square Starbucks. I’m sitting on the second floor, looking out and watching people walk by. Sometimes, I’m struck by the Sunday blues, worrying about what I should have gotten done before […]