Posts by Sophie Dixon

This is Your Brain (Walking) on Sunlight

Sunlight is good for us. Maybe we don’t photosynthesize, but like plants, we need some amount of sunlight in order to grow healthy. When we’re exposed to the sun, we experience better physical and mental health. Sunlight exposure gives our brains serotonin—the hormone responsible for balancing mood and leaving us feeling calm, rested, and focused.…

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This is Your Brain on Meditation

When you look at a list of benefits of meditative practice, it almost sounds too good to be true. If you hear the word “meditation” and think “that’s not for me,” “I can never get my thoughts to quiet down,” or “I don’t have time for that,” you are far from alone. You might picture…

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Laziness is a MYTH

“Stop being lazy!”  This is a sentiment used all too often, whether it comes from a parent, peer, or ourselves. While it often comes from a place of trying to inspire motivation, it actually does more damage than we think. If you think about it, nobody who gets called “lazy” ever says: “You know what,…

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Positive Psychology

Why You Shouldn’t Totally Write Off 2020 Each one of us has at some point acknowledged that 2020 was really a dumpster fire of a year. There is no getting around the fact that the pandemic affected us all, among other global and national challenges that need no repeating for the millionth time here. But…

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Limit or Permit?: A Parents’ Guide for Monitoring Social Media

The existence of the Internet has only complicated things. As Internet usage continues to prevail in our everyday lives, every parent struggles to determine what is appropriate for their kids. Many question when to give their kids privacy and when to intervene. It’s impossible to predict when social media use is going to be helpful…

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Be Informed in a Healthy Way

Would You Like to Hear the Bad News or Bad News First? Everyone likes to be informed. It keeps us aware of what’s happening in the world and lets us discuss current issues with others. However, just as the old proverb assures us, sometimes having no news is good for us. But we have to…

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How to Set Boundaries in 3 Steps

Personal boundaries are the limits placed between ourselves and others. When we talk about healthy boundaries, we don’t mean rigid ways of shutting people out. We are focused on not stretching ourselves too thin so we can take care of ourselves mentally, emotionally, and physically. Oftentimes, we suffer due to lack of knowledge on how…

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The Worst Advice Given By Parents

Most parents strive to be great at parenting. We want “the best” for our kids so they grow up to be successful. However, research has shown that successful kids don’t come from what has classically been doled out as parenting advice. Healthy eating habits, self-control, social skills, and compassion for others are trademarks of a…

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The Gloom of Zoom

One Zoom, Two Zoom, Work Zoom, School Zoom                 -Dr. Seuss in 2020, probably Let’s face it: we’re over six months into a pandemic and Zoom parties aren’t the novelty they once were. What we once used to reconnect with distant friends and family has become an unwelcome…

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