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When Life Knocks You Down…Stand Back Up

Last week was one of “those” weeks. Nothing was going my way. Back luck was my middle name. Life just kept knocking me down. Check it out… Hurdle #1: Hanging out with my roommate in the kitchen. Making dinner, laughing and talking about the weekend. So I go to open my kitchen cabinet and a tub of peanut butter falls …

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An Act of Kindness a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

“The noblest act is that of making others happy.”— P.T. Barnum Altruism is most commonly described as a selfless act that benefits solely the individual acted on. Research says that those who partake in altruistic acts regularly may be gaining more than their recipients. Physical Health One study performed by psychologist David McClelland at Harvard University observed students watching a …

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Little Ways that Stress Negatively Affects Your Life

Like it or not, but stress is inevitable. Trying to balance your career, schooling, friends, family, and health can be overwhelming. Throw unexpected occurrences like illness, failures, crises, and deadlines into the ring, and you’ve set yourself up for the perfect storm. Most of us are aware of the obvious drawbacks of stress like breakouts and poor quality sleep. However, …

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How do your needs stack up?

In 1943, Abraham Maslow determined that four basic needs must be met in order to begin the process of self-actualization: physiological, safety, belongingness, and esteem.  This would later become known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the foundational model for modern psychology and behavioral theory. Maslow determined that should any of these needs go unfulfilled or become deficient, ones’ health would …

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Dangerous Scents: What Are Fragrances Doing to Your Body?

You may want to think twice before spritzing yourself with that body mist! As many as 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals (crude oil), including carcinogens, and other toxic chemicals. Some of these chemicals are even cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list-yikes!  Fragrances & Where They Are Hiding The term “fragrance” can be used …

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What is life without a little risk?

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” In 1997 J.K. Rowling won over the hearts of 23 million followers with the release of the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Even to this day, I find …

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Alternative Beauty: Jade Rolling

Jade Rolling is a practice that has been used by empresses and members of high society in China since the 17th Century. More recently Americans have caught a glimpse of this alternative beauty practice and are saying great things about the health benefits the simple stone has to offer. According to traditional Chinese Medicine, Jade is known to affect the …

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Financial Awareness: How’s Yours?

As a college student and young professional, this time in our lives is challenging when it comes to balancing one’s financial standing. Entry level positions typically mean lower salary amounts, bills are starting to increase, and student loans will be kicking in shortly. We are bombarded with thoughts such as, “Should we be paying off our credit card with the …

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Treat YOU How You Want to Be Treated

You probably remember the age old lesson – treat others how you want to be treated. Meaning, be compassionate towards others, show them respect, and most of all – be kind. But how are YOU treating YOU? Are you treating yourself with the love and respect you deserve? Self-Compassion Research has shown that there is a positive correlation between psychological …

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Healthy Job, Healthy Life?

For many college students, as the spring semester fast approaches, comes the notion of finding a job. Throughout college, and potentially from family members, college students are bombarded with the sentiments that what they are doing now, will prepare them for the real world. But as someone who worked in the “real world,” let me tell you, that place is …

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