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This Social Habit Is as Bad for Your Health as Smoking, Research Shows

And it will kill you quicker than obesity or lack of exercise.<p>You probably know loneliness is bad for you. But did you know it can kill you? In fact, it might be just as unhealthy as a pack-a-day cigarette habit.<p>That's the result of research by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology at …

Loneliness

How to Become More Self-Aware, According to Research

You probably know more than a few people who are just clueless about themselves.<p>They make the same errors over and over but never seem to notice. …

An Episcopal priest with spastic cerebral palsy considers what it means to be a Christian with a disability.

The Rev. Claire Wimbush articulates a theology of the body from the perspective of someone who cannot walk, stand, wash her own hair or tie her own …

Stupid Phrases for People in Crisis

God will never give you more than you can handle. While some may believe it is theologically correct, depending on …Continue reading →

Day Care

7 Things You Should Never Say to Patients and Caregivers

In the best-selling book, “There is No Good Card for This: What to Do and Say When Life is Scary, Awful and Unfair to People you Love,” authors Emily …

Carol Howard Merritt: I needed community to be able to heal my spiritual wounds

Carol Howard Merritt grew up in a conservative Christian family. It was also an abusive family, and she has struggled much of her life to heal from …

Catholicism

Non-profit helps kids manage trauma and learn coping skills for life

With a mix of movement, soothing activities and cooking, The Brain Kitchen helps struggling kids learn skills to calm themselves and even rewire …

Puppies

These photographs found joy at the end of life. And the world responded

As it turns out, this would be the largest and most meaningful club I had ever joined.<p>In the years that I watched my parents decline, I felt …

I didn't want to bear witness to my mother's anguish. But how could I not?

Sometimes she went to the hospital for a shot of Demerol when the pain became unbearable. But that wasn’t always possible. Mostly, mom, who also …

Facts About Teens, Suicide And '13 Reasons Why'

It was in a school in the South Bronx a few weeks ago that I first heard about the Netflix series <i>13 Reasons Why.</i> The TV show, released at the end of March and based on a best-selling young adult novel, depicts a teenager who kills herself. She experiences sexual assault, cyberbullying and …

The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

After high school, Staff Sgt. Kimi wanted to go to art school, but she didn't have the money. So she joined the military.<p>Intelligence analysts like Kimi work with drone pilots and others in the Air Force to guide decisions about where to deploy weapons in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaida. (The …

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If You Want to Be Truly Happy, Stop Worrying About These 24 Things in Your Life

We are each responsible for our own happiness.<p>If you want to be happy you have to find the things that make you unhappy.<p>If you want to move forward, there are always things you need to let go of first. It's a process that shouldn't happen just once a year. Taking stock should be an ongoing …

Sheryl Sandberg: Option B and Life After Grief

<i>Life After Death</i><p>When she lost her husband, Sheryl Sandberg also lost her bearings. Now she wants to help others find a way through grief<p>By Belinda …

Three C's of Pastoral Counseling - Dr. Cynthia Eriksson

Healing Through Pastoral Care

My Pool of Tears

Today’s ReflectionIT WAS THE late 1970s, and I was sitting with Gordon Cosby, cofounder and pastor of the Church of the Saviour, a small, vibrant, …

Gretchen E. Ziegenhals: This Lent, adopt the role of comforter as a spiritual discipline

Being “called to the side of another” is a difficult venture, but one that is a mandate from God, writes a managing director of Leadership Education …

Hygge

Roger Hutchison: How finger painting became a communal Christian practice

His grandmother’s old table -- splattered and splotched with paint -- was the inspiration for Roger Hutchison to create a process of praying with …

Saying 2 words most of us overlook can save your tired relationship

<i>Oh, thank you so much for bringing the bread — we really appreciate it! Water? I love water! Thank you for being so kind!</i><p>Though no one in my family has ever said it explicitly, I imagine part of the reason they find it so hilarious is that I hardly ever show <i>them</i> so much gratitude.<p>Not even for oh, …

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How YouTube Videos Help People Cope With Mental Illness

Rachel Star Withers runs a YouTube channel where she performs goofy stunts on camera and talks about her schizophrenia.<p>Since 2008, when the then 22-year-old revealed her diagnosis online, tens of thousands of people have seen her videos. Some of them have a psychotic disorder or mood disorders …

What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue when he saw something odd and unfamiliar in the wormlike squiggles and folds. It looked like brown dust; a distinctive pattern of tiny scars. Perl was intrigued. At 69, he had examined 20,000 brains over …

'All parents make mistakes': Moms call for empathy in gorilla-shooting incident

While #justiceforharambe may be trending on social media, many moms are protesting the mom-judging of the mother of the toddler who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo this weekend, causing a 17-year-old gorilla to be shot and killed by zoo officials.<p>“I’m straight up exhausted by …

No Mother Should Bury Her Child: Welcome to the Grief Club

Mothers are not supposed to bury their children. It goes against nature. When a mother loses her young, the world slips off its axis and spins out of control. The universe mourns knowing it has gone against the circle of life, children should bury their mothers, not the other way around.<p>Yet every …

10 Things You May Not Know About Anxiety Disorder

"Mental health is important for all and is a basic human right."<p>Anxiety disorders like social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder and general anxiety are the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S. An estimated 18 percent of all American adults have …

Mental Health

Stress-diabetes link detailed in new study: Connection established between anxiety control, inflammation, Type 2 diabetes

Connection established between anxiety control, inflammation, Type 2 diabetes<p>A positive link between emotional stress and diabetes has been found by …

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

IT’S one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it all the same: We marry the wrong person.<p>Partly, it’s because we have a bewildering array of problems that emerge when we try to get close to others. We seem normal only to those who …

Consciousness

Study: Acetaminophen dulls your pain -- but also your empathy

<b>(CNN) —</b> The side effects of popping a pain reliever containing acetaminophen are well-known: You may get stomach pains. You might feel nauseated.<p>Well, add another possible one to the list: You'll feel less inclined to empathize with your fellow man.<p>A new study by researchers at Ohio State …