Dealing With Social Anxiety
Social anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder in which an individual experiences significant fear or anxiety in social situations or when performing in front of others. This fear is often related to being judged, embarrassed, or scrutinized by others, and can cause significant distress and avoidance of social situations.
High School Dropouts Meet in Grad School
When 3 friends met in graduate school, they weren't exactly sure what had drawn them to each other. Riley was a 31 year old White woman from Arizona looking to build a community in San Francisco. John was a 45 year old sci-fi nerd from New York City disguised as a savvy bartender. Nga was a reserved 27 year old Vietnamese immigrant who suddenly found herself going through a bitter divorce. The 3 met their first semester of graduate school as they were asked to share their personal story in class.
The Story of Taylor Swift Eras Tickets, One College Professor and His Student
When you show others you care about the things they care about; your humanity shines through. Whether you are a fan, fanatic, or just an average Joe or Jill, who hasn’t been living under a rock, you would know who Taylor Swift is.
A Smile Creates Beauty
Envato Elements Purchased Image License 9ZCVWLMYSQ. Sometimes You Just Have to Be The Sunshine on a Cloudy Day. Smiling naturally feels good. I have many reasons to smile every day. Yes, even on difficult days I find reasons to smile. I am happy to wake up and greet the sunrise, the singing birds make me smile, a flower growing fiercely through concrete brings me joy, and my dogs never cease to make me smile.
Reigniting the Spark in Your Long-Term Relationship
When we think of virtues, we usually think of the classics: wisdom, compassion, humility, patience, fortitude, courage, kindness, gratitude, and the like. But there are a number of underrated, less-discussed virtues that are vitally important in creating a good life. One that rarely makes the top-ten lists is curiosity. When it comes to virtues, curiosity gets short shrift and sometimes has to defend its right to even identify as a virtue. But curiosity deserves our recognition and a place on the greatest-hits list of virtuous qualities. Not only is it vitally important for creating a good life, but also for maintaining lasting love relationships.
A day in the life of a Nurse
This is a firsthand view of a day in the life of a healthcare worker. A plea, a notice, a topic so common and often heard but goes unnoticed at times. A shower starts the day, followed by a cup of coffee as one walks around gathering necessities for the 12-hour shift- badge, license, lunch, water container filled to the brim in the hopes to get hydrated this time around as yesterday, breaks were a luxury never given fully. The concept of so little time couldn't be any truer.
‘View From My Window’ founder Barbara Duriau connected people around the world during pandemic lockdowns
What started as a post on Facebook became an extraordinary experience. The first time I heard about View From My Window was from a recommendation from a close friend. Before that, I had never heard of the group page.
Editorial: The Struggles of Homelessness
Every city throughout the country deals with homeless communities and encampments. There’s a lot of speculation regarding those who live that lifestyle. Some do it by choice… others have been forced into that situation. Regardless of why they live that way, as fellow humans we should be offering compassion. Each one of them has a story to tell - if only people would be willing to listen. It’s vital to see and understand life through their eyes (and experiences)... not what we “think” their life should be like. I hope more people are willing to do that after reading what is being said here. Here comes another “eye opening” piece about humanity.
Compassion During Difficult Times
Opening up is difficult in any relationship. We always want to know what made the other person into what he or she is today, while sharing our own tales of the past. However, it is important that when you decide to open up and talk about past experiences that you are attentive to the other person's stories and the needs that may come with them.
These days, it may seem appealing to come home to someone or something that greets you after a difficult day at work. Now, if you don't have a spouse and aren't dating someone, you may be thinking about getting an animal, so that you have something to come home to. Animals can be cuddly, and they can definitely make a lonely situation less lonely. However, it is important that you think everything through before taking on the idea of getting a pet. Pets need a lot of attention and care, and if you are not in the position to give them what they need, then it might be better to wait until you are.
Editorial: Kindness Doesn’t Cost a Dime
As we continue living life under these “new normal” guidelines, emotions seem to be taking a toll on a lot of people. It’s difficult to fathom that so much of society has forgotten what it means to be kind. There seems to be more judgement and hatred than before this pandemic descended upon us. It really did bring out the worst in some folks. What a shame.