Stephanie Dionne

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Set Reminders After You're Supposed to Start to Beat Procrastination

We all procrastinate in some form or another. Sometimes, even a detailed daily schedule isn't enough to keep that from happening. The Atlantic …

Generation X: Once Xtreme, Now Exhausted (Part 5 of 7)

<i>This is part five of a seven-part series examining the rising (or falling) living standards of successive U.S. generations. Read part one</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Generation X (born 1961-81) today comprises roughly 87 million adults in their 30s and 40s. The very name “X” has an identity-cloaking quality, reflecting …

Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

Veronica had a lot of reasons to be angry at the world. Born into a family with a history of domestic violence and incest, she never had anything even remotely resembling a "normal" upbringing. One of her earliest memories is of her father taking nude pictures of her when she was barely 6 years …

Empathy

UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

ROTHERHAM, England (AP) — Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness — a collection of charmless discount stores, …

Hate-Crime Convictions In Amish Beard-Cutting Case Thrown Out

An appeals court in Cincinnati has overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish who cut the beards and hair of their fellow Amish.<p>"When all is said and done, considerable evidence supported the defendants' theory that interpersonal and intra-family disagreements, not the victims' religious …

America's most indebted generation? Gen X

Millennials may owe more in student loans than any American generation, but their Generation X elders are actually the most in debt.<p>That’s according …

Hate crime convictions overturned in Amish hair-cutting attacks

An Ohio appeals court Wednesday overturned hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish men and women in connection with a spate of beard- and hair-cutting attacks on members of their faith, according to court documents.<p>The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found that the jury in the original …

6 Ways to Improve Your Focus (And Beat Procrastination)

If you’re like me, you may find it difficult to get things done due to a combination of procrastination and distractions.<p>Here are six ways to improve …

Procrastination

Could This Gene Make You More Likely To Be An Alcoholic?

Today scientists at the Scripps Research Institute announced they’ve identified a key gene that appears to strongly influence the development of alcoholism and alcohol dependence. The research could prove key to zeroing in on how increased risk for alcoholism runs in families.<p>According to studies …

Another reason to spend money on experiences rather than things—the positive benefits of anticipation

It’s been over a decade since American psychologists Leaf Van Boven and Thomas Gilovich concluded that <i>doing</i> things makes people happier than <i>having</i> things. “To Do or to Have? That Is the Question” was the title of the study they published in 2003 (PDF), and it’s been cited hundreds of times since. …

Happiness

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Anxiety Disorder Keeps Me From Getting "A Real Job"

Like many teenagers, I started working when I was 16.<p>I got a job at a local grocery store as a cashier. The life of a retail worker is rife with the stress of providing the best service despite rude, entitled customers. My co-workers had this amazing ability to let the bad experiences roll off …

Mental Health

'Eating Disorder' Doesn't Just Mean Anorexia or Bulimia: I Have EDNOS

<i>By Grace Kemeny</i><p>I'm Grace, and I have EDNOS. Maybe you haven't heard of it. EDNOS stands for "Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified," and according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), it's the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder of all.<p><b>I don't meet</b> …

A Message to Our Boys About How (Not) to Become Men

I'm writing this from the empty playground at my boys' grade school. Right now, in the final dog days of summer, it is still and quiet. But in a week, when school starts, it will be teeming with the energy and activity of my boys and their peers. And it will be teeming with <i>messages</i>.<p>What messages …

Parenting

So You Think I'm a Bad Mom for Not Playing With My Kids at the Pool

I heard you as you headed back to your blanket with your young daughter. Of course I did. You made sure to say it loud enough for me to hear. Because you were talking about me.<p>"It's a shame that some parents just sit on their blankets and miss out on playing with their kids at the pool. It's sad."<p>I …

Quilt project shares rape survivors' stories

Rocio Moreno says it took more than five years to leave her abusive husband.<p>Throughout their marriage, she says, she endured unwanted sexual advances. If she challenged his orders over where and with whom she spent her free time, she says he responded with verbal and physical abuse.<p>She finally …

How Mindfulness Turned Negativity Around

I was lucky enough to lead a life without physical, substance, or mental abuse. I earned graduate degrees and was well employed. There should be no big problem to discuss, right? Wrong!<p>An educator in a lovely marriage with, combined, five children who have produced seven grandchildren thus far, I'm …

The Scary Link Between 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Your Health

The study authors concluded that while <i>Fifty Shades</i> doesn’t actually cause women to be in abusive relationships, binge drink, diet, or partake in risky sexual behaviors, there is some sort of interesting correlation here.<p>But while the study’s findings are interesting, there are a few glaring issues …

7 Habits Of Considerate People

<i>"Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree." - Marian Wright Edelman</i><p>Edelman, a renowned American activist, not only dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of disadvantaged children, but also served as a strong advocate …

Most Americans Think 9-Year-Olds Shouldn't Play At Parks Alone. But, Why?

This summer, there have been multiple reports of parents being charged as criminals for leaving kids at parks, in cars or around in the neighborhood. Since most states do not have clear laws about when you are allowed to leave a child unsupervised, Reason.com conducted a survey to find out what …

Stop Ignoring Your Dreams

A friend recently shared with me his lifelong dream. With emotion in his voice, he told me how he wanted to change the world by pursuing his passion. When I asked what kept him from it, he responded with a single word: "Time."<p>I asked what he meant and he listed all of his commitments -- work, …

Children's Drawings Linked to Higher Intelligence Later in Life

If you've ever walked into a room in your home only to discover a crayon-created "masterpiece" on the wall, perhaps that portrait your preschooler left behind is really a blessing in disguise.<p>The way 4-year-olds draw pictures can be an indicator of their intelligence at 14, according to a recent …

How to Build a New Habit: This Is Your Strategy Guide

According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. [1]<p>Understanding how to build new habits (and how your current ones work) is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general.<p>But there can be a …

The Two Biggest Secrets of Parenthood

The second biggest secret parents keep from their children is this: training wheels in no way truly prepare you for riding a bike alone. They just don't.<p>This is what makes learning to ride a bike so unforgettable. The entire process is unnatural. There is no way to ease into it, because it takes …

Episode 563: "I Was Wrong"

The world is full of people talking about how right they are. Today on the show, we try something different: we talk to smart, thoughtful people about times they got things really, really wrong.<p><i>Music: The Decemberists' "Don't Carry It All." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/Spotify/ Tumblr. Download the</i> …

Police try to distract youngsters from crime with face painting

A scheme targeting antisocial behaviour also offers zumba classes, hot meals and the opportunity to train with Spurs<p>Police in London are holding face painting sessions and zumba classes in an effort to cut antisocial behaviour during the summer holidays, it has been announced. The events are part …

'Culture of denial' leaving UK children at risk of serious abuse

Deputy children's commissioner Sue Berelowitz says, despite Rotherham and gang violence cases elsewhere, police and authorities are practising 'wilful blindness'<p>Children are at risk of serious abuse across England because of a culture of "wilful blindness" about the scale and prevalence of sexual …

You’ve been diagnosed with a serious disease – treating the emotional symptoms is important too

<i>Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.</i><p>Receiving the diagnosis of any serious illness is a disturbing event that will eventually occur in the lives of almost all of us. …

Hate-crime convictions in hair-cutting attacks on Amish overturned

An appeals court on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio.<p>The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with arguments brought by lawyers for the Amish, who were convicted two years ago in …

Changing Memories to Treat PTSD

A controversial area of brain research suggests it may be possible—but is it ethical?<p>Before he lost the ability to sleep through the night; before the panic attacks started; before he drove his truck over an improvised explosive device, leaving him with traumatic brain injury; before a second …