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Thoughtful Communication: Making the Most of Our Words

Words are incredibly powerful. We use them to get things done, communicate our feelings, influence behavior, and generate new ideas. Words can also be an art form expressed in poetry, novels, and music. Taking a moment to think about effective and ineffective communication with our words can be a powerful way to transform how we...

Talk to Me! Words of Affirmation Explained.

Our words have an incredible impact on others, especially our children. When considering the impact of our words in the context of love languages, this takes the power of our words to a different level. In the books, The 5 Love Languages and The 5 Love Languages of Children, authors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell...

COVID-19 Added To List of Leading Causes of Psychological Trauma

Why do we keep talking about the coronavirus? Because unlike the flu, to-date, there is no vaccine, it is easily spread from person to person, it affects the mental well-being of the sick and the healthy, and it can be life-threatening to family, coworkers, neighbors, and friends. In 2020, the mental health community added COVID-19...

COVID-19 and Its Effects on Mental Health 

“To be or not to be, that is the question?” is a question far too many Americans are asking themselves as we face a worldwide pandemic. As state, county, city, and local governments formulate long and short range plans – applicable to the needs of their specific communities, many within those communities are experiencing mental...