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As the world adjusts to the new normal in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, one emerging trend in people’s daily lives is increased use of the internet. Not only are people relying on the internet to transact heavily and do more work, but daily usage of social media has seen a steady up-tick. Axios Writer Sara Fischer suggests that “prior to the pandemic, social media usage for most of January, February and early March remained relatively flat at around 20% of total mobile app usage… but beginning in mid-March… social media app usage began to increase significantly, and now

Without question, the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic has broken a lot of hearts. In the face of widespread uncertainty, it’s challenging for any reasonable person to keep dreaming. To keep wishing and hoping for the same successes they once cherished before everything came to a standstill. As bleak as things might seem however, now is not the time to give up on your dreams. On the contrary, now is the time to fight for them. Motivational Writer Chomwa Shitaki suggests that “Nothing can be done without believing in yourself first. True, there are a lot of factors

2020 is going to be a year for the history books.  So many bad things have happened just six months into this year, that the whole entire world is reeling in disbelief.  And everyone is affected, including our children.  Much like every adult, kids have had a front row seat to all the chaos that’s unfolded. Be it school closures, virus fears, social justice protests, or contentious politics, they’re impacted by it all. Psychotherapist/Author Iben Sandahl suggests that “Children need to be calmed down and reassured… It’s important to make them feel comfort even though we can feel insecure ourselves

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve had a front row seat to the uproar concerning police brutality and racial injustice in recent weeks.  Widespread protests and debates were set off following the appalling killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN.  In the midst of all the commotion, not only have people viewed firsthand footage of Mr. Floyd’s death, but there has been a torrent of gruesome and disturbing imagery both in traditional media and on the Internet.  While it’s important to stay informed about sensitive situations as they evolve, be careful not to get trapped in an

One of the most common unhealthy habits when it comes to diet and nutrition is skipping meals.  And everybody’s guilty of it.  Whether it’s because of busy schedules, or just plain carelessness, people often force themselves to go about their lives without taking three square meals a day.  This is problematic considering that food is vital to health and strength. Conde Nast Writers Zahra Barnes and Carolyn L. Todd suggest that “Food is fuel. And when you go about your day without food in your system, you’re basically running on empty

The United States is embroiled in a heartbreaking moral crisis. In the aftermath of the police brutality inflicted on George Floyd in Minneapolis, a whirlwind of protests and politics has prompted extraordinary controversy. The internet is frantic with strong opinions, and media is saturated with conflicting messages about the killing.  In light of how devastating it was to witness Mr. Floyds death, all of this confusion is understandable. But the problem with antagonistic commotion is, it exacerbates division. It provokes hardline mentalities and makes it difficult to achieve impartial progress or reconciliation.   Guard Your Conscience: If you find yourself reeling with hostility

On Saturday, May 25, 2020, a police-involved killing in Minneapolis, MN triggered a wave of protests and mass gatherings across the United States, and parts of the world. George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man died in the neighborhood of Powderhorn, Minneapolis after being arrested and violently subdued by police outside of a local grocery store. Eye-witness footage of the arrest showed a white police officer, surrounded by colleagues, kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck after taking him into custody. This horrific aggression happened in spite of the fact that Mr. Floyd was defenseless, handcuffed on the ground, and pleading for

If you’re anything like most people, there’s a good chance you wish the world we live in would be more just, and peaceful.  Human suffering is so rampant that just thinking about how to make things better is overwhelming.  Regardless of how daunting society’s problems are however, a lot of people still take the initiative to make a difference through charity.  And that means something. Save the Children suggests that “Charity is a selfless act. One of the major positive effects of charity is simply feeling good about giving. Being able to give back to those in need helps you

Life is one big cascade of competitions.  Whether it’s through a hobby you do, professional work, or even in personal relationships, at some point or another, one of life’s competitions will get under your skin.  An adversary will emerge out of nowhere, and trigger profound self-doubt within you. They’ll push your buttons without even knowing it, and render you helpless to jealous rage.  This kind of aggravation is known as envy.  And if you allow it to take over your consciousness, it can completely destroy your peace of mind.   Beware the Green-Eyed Monster: Author and Clinical Professor of Psychology Dr. Robert

Everybody has vices.  Everybody has that one bad habit, or two, that they always turn to when life gets painful.  If you’ve been feeling particularly stressed lately, chances are those demons are calling your name a little louder than usual.  While it might feel good to sip a little bit more of that beer, or have another serving of that comfort food, be careful not to trip onto a slippery slope of addiction.  Now more than ever, it’s critical for you to deal with anxiety in a way that doesn’t cause harm to your body, or compromise your reputation.   Don’t Let