the healing power of gratitude

Gratitude and Happiness: The Mental Health Benefits of Positivity

During the winter months, our thoughts turn towards the holidays, family, and friends. This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to stop and practice some gratitude. And while it is nice to feel grateful, there are actual mental health benefits to expressing gratitude. The Mental Health Benefits of Gratitude Expressing gratitude is the practice …

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How To Shift Positive Thinking Into Positive Actions

Positive thinking, or an optimistic attitude, is the practice of focusing on the good in any given situation. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you ignore all negativity, but rather you acknowledge it without dwelling on it. People who are able to think positively can create a positive narrative around their life. Instead of focusing on …

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What Failure to Launch Programs for Young Adults Have to Offer

“Failure to launch” has become a popular phrase to describe young adults who end up back at home after graduating from high school or college. And while some individuals sail into adulthood without many bumps, for others, it can be a much rougher terrain.  Why do some young adults struggle to enter adulthood? The failure …

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Challenges of Young Adulthood Romanticized Through the Media

One of the most popular tropes in young adult literature and film is the coming of age story. For young adults growing up in the digital age, the media has played a large role in shaping how they view themselves and the expectations they set for their lives, which has contributed to the phenomenon, “fear …

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Why is Marijuana Abuse in Young Adults Declining?

Despite changing attitudes towards the drug, the prevalence of cannabis use disorder has decreased over the last decade among frequent users. However, these findings do not suggests that rates of using marijuana have actually declined. Young adults who smoke marijuana are becoming more aware of how they use the substance and its potential consequences and …

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No Place Like Home For the Holidays? Connecting with Your College Student over Winter Break

For many college students, it is true that there is no place like home for the holidays no matter how far away they roam. However, going home over winter break requires adjusting from a college lifestyle and back to following rules at home. It is also a period of time where young adults evaluate how …

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