Taking the Power Back from Anxiety

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It’s 8 am on a Monday morning. You are getting ready for work. You’ve got an important meeting, but you just don’t feel right. It’s anxiety; you know it and you hate it. You have been feeling anxious for a while now, and this week’s no different. But it comes on strong, especially when work is stressful. Click here to read more…

You Have to Feel it to Heal It: The Only Way Out is Through

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I plodded up the half-mile hill that led to my house, my backpack weighing heavily on my shoulders in the insistent summer heat. The mild breeze that drifted off the Boston harbor was a cruel joke, hinting at coolness but offering no respite.

Recently heartbroken, I felt tears streaming hotly down my cheeks for the third time that day as the pain of my ex-partner’s absence crashed swiftly on my heart. Click here to read more…

Why teachers need just as much help as their pupils

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Mariam hates her new school. Each morning she wakes up thinking about how she doesn’t really fit in. She feels lonely and isolated and Mrs Smith, the maths teacher, seems to put her down at every opportunity. On top of that, Mariam is stressed by the unrealistic workload imposed on her. Yes, Mariam hates her new school. She is beginning to question why she ever became a teacher in the first place. Click here to read more…

Melinda Gates on Five Ways to Give Back in Honor of International Day of the Girl

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Today is International Day of the Girl, a chance to celebrate girls around the world and reflect on the ways we can help them achieve their full potential.

The good news is that the data tells us that in many ways, there has never been a better time to be a woman. All around the world, women and girls are living longer, healthier, better lives than ever before. But the data also confirms what many of us know from experience—that in every country on every continent, we still have work to do to achieve gender equality. Click here to read more…

The Shocking Truth of What Causes Addiction

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What is Really Behind Addiction?

Ever notice how frequently the word “addict” is used? Just do a Google News search on the word and you’ll be shocked at just how often it’s used in a headline. Articles are plastered with mentions of drug addicts, sex addicts, gambling addicts, food addicts, shopping addicts, work addicts and internet addicts. “These people” are painted as out-of-control and often menaces to society who need to be stopped, jailed, medicated or otherwise cut off. Click here to read more…

Who likes to be alone? Not introverts, according to a new paper on personality and the experience of solitude

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Why do some people go to great lengths to have the chance to spend time by themselves, while others find solitude painful and forever crave company? The most obvious answer would seem to be that it relates to differences in social aspects of personality, and specifically that extraverts will find solitude painful while introverts will enjoy their own company more than anyone else’s. However, a new paper, published as a pre-print at PsyArXiv (not yet peer-reviewed), and involving three diary studies with hundreds of undergrad volunteers, suggests the truth is more complicated. Click here to read more…