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Negative Thoughts? Throw Them Out (Literally) + 4 Other Ideas

It's easy to be negative.


The human mind is wired to detect and dwell on negative events and circumstances. Think about cavemen who went out hunting and gathering food for their families. Those who survived did so because they were sharply attuned to possible attacks from saber-toothed tigers lurking in the bush.
In modern times, we don't need to run from predators, yet we're left with an evolutionary imprint called the negativity...
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General

What if a Child’s Physical Illness was Treated like a Mental Illness?

Mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) disorders in children have hit epidemic levels. In the alone, 1 in 8 children will suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 1 in 5 will experience an episode of depression by the age of eighteen. Although it's true that kids who receive treatments such as therapy can overcome these conditions, the reality is that two-thirds of them will never receive any type of treatment. Most kids suffer in silence and go on to endure a nasty ripple effect...
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Emotional Intelligence

Stop Saying, “You’re so smart!” 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids


“You’re so smart!”

“You’re so creative!”

“You’re so . . . [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]”

The other day during a frantic scramble to get my one-year-old to music class, I watched her perform her latest trick—slipping into her little gym shoes and tightening the Velcro straps all by herself. She then stared at me as I sloppily filled the stroller with diapers, toys, string cheese, and other random items until I rattled off something...
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