Kindness – One of the Best Gifts of All

Kindness – One of the Best Gifts of All Kindness in words creates confidence Kindness in thinking creates profoundness Kindness in giving creates love ~ Lao Tzu – Chinese Philosopher In December, our minds are typically focused on the holidays… often referred to as...

Highjacking Freedom of Choice

The literal meaning of highjacking involves stealing by stopping a vehicle or aircraft. To highjack someone’s ideas is to steal them and promote them as your own. In this entry, we will expand the concept of highjacking to include individuals, groups or businesses...

Listening – No Easy Task

According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries, to listen is to give attention to sound or action. When listening, one is hearing what others are saying, and trying to understand what it means. The act of listening involves complex affective, cognitive, and behavioral...

Cancel Culture – What Needs to be Cancelled?

Recently, the word cancel is getting new usage. Standing alone, it simply means to get rid of something. In a Words We are Watching article on the Merriam Webster website, in the latest use of the word, you can cancel people—in particular, celebrities, politicians, or...

Take a Deep Breath America

When it’s hard to breathe, it’s hard to be strategic. America is in a state of hyperventilation and is breathing too fast to think! Hyperventilation is a condition in which you start to breathe rapidly. To restore the balance, you must take in a deep breath to counter...

Creating a Happy Place

This year two overlapping events created monumental stress and anxiety throughout the country and across the nation. At the beginning of the year we learned of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which at that time we had no idea how severe its impact would be. By mid-March,...

Is COVID-19 Turning Dogs into Cats?

Metaphorically speaking, the effects of physical distancing have caused humans, whose interpersonal habits resemble those of canines, to adapt to the isolation habits of felines. Until mid-March of this year, people went to work outside of their home; students...

Silver Linings 

In her response to the United Kingdom on the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, Queen Elizabeth recommended that people, “Slow down, pause, and reflect.” This is a powerful message and is exactly what quarantines and shelter-in-place orders are forcing people to do! One...

Anxiety Reducing Tips for National Emergencies

In our last blog entry, The Shrinking World and the Growing Need for Social Workers, we discussed how as the problems of the world increase, people feel less in control, thus experiencing anxiety. Also in that entry, we mentioned the coronavirus as an example of such...

The Shrinking World and the Growing Need for Social Workers

The bigger the world gets, the smaller it seems. This dichotomy of a shrinking world that is actually enlarging sounds odd, but this is what we mean by that phrase. As people’s environment expands, often by no choice of their own, the more anxiety producing it can...