There are very few people who would say they wouldn’t like to be happier, and it’s easy to see why. The feeling of happiness is a wonderful experience, emotionally and mentally, and it makes sense that we’d want to create more of that in our lives. An entire industry has sprung up around the concept of happiness, and how to cultivate more of it. From bestselling books such as The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin to online courses like The Science of Happiness from The Grea
There is a stigma which many assign to drug addicts, even long after they have overcome their addiction. Tony discusses how his first time smoking marijuana led to his eventual drug addiction, homelessness, prison, and finally redemption. Tony Hoffman is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, he
How does talk therapy work? What are its active ingredients, the central mechanisms by which clients improve in therapy? The truth is that we don’t quite know. We do know that therapy works, and that some therapies work better than others for some disorders. Yet research has tended to show that, overall, mainstream therapies are remarkably similar in their effects. This has become known as the "dodo bird verdict." Given this, researchers have focused much attention on identif
When a person endures childhood trauma, the experience can have a ripple effect on their mental and physical health throughout their lives. No matter when a trauma occurs, the importance of making sense of the experience cannot be overstated. Yet, despite the serious consequences of trauma, people often have an understandable tendency to want to block out or gloss over painful memories. Unfortunately, their efforts to bury their experience can sometimes increase the severity
His “I Have A Dream” speech was recited on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington. King spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Perhaps the most famous of King’s speeches, the repetition “I have a dream” resonated with marches and became a symbol of civil rights. The speech was initially titles “Normalcy, Never Again,” but as King became more and more impassioned, he began to “preach” continuously repeating the phrase.
The total school environment needs multicultural reform to avoid hostility and prejudice. The implementation of multicultural education in American schools is ongoing and changing. Today, people come from a wide array of cultures including people from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa; whereas, earlier generations of immigrants came from mostly western and northern Europe. Schools play an important role preparing students for the responsibilities
In 2014, researchers at Louisiana Tech University published an important study in which data were collected from college students about their levels of authenticity and life satisfaction. Their results showed that those who showed greater authenticity were more satisfied months later with their lives. This and other similar evidence points to the conclusion that authenticity is a way of being that leads to happiness. There are three main reasons for why this might be: First,
When we talk about skills for taking care of our mental health, we often talk about things like practicing self-care, eliminating stress from our lives, and being able to seek support from others. There’s another powerful skill, though, that has more to do with what you think than what you do: changing your perspective. It’s easy to get locked into a certain way of thinking about your life or of thinking about specific events that happen to you. The thing is, we often have a