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How Writing Heals Wounds — Of Both the Mind and Body

The study is the latest delving into the mind-body connection to suggest that expressing emotions about a traumatic experience in a coherent way may be important to not just mental but physical health as well. It showed that the calming effect of writing can cut physical wound healing time nearly in half.

Researchers led by Elizabeth Broadbent, a senior lecturer in health psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, studied 49 healthy senior citizens, aged 64 to 97.  For three days, half were assigned to write for 20 minutes a day about the most traumatic event they had experienced, and were encouraged to be as open and candid as they could about exactly what they felt and thought at the time. If possible, they were also asked to share thoughts or emotions that they had never expressed to others about what they had undergone.

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The End of the Middle Manager

The technology revolution has brought us a lot—dramatic improvement in what we know about customers and how we interact with them, markedly better information for making decisions, the ability to work through virtual teams scattered around the globe. But its unseen legacy might be something much more fundamental: It has changed the very nature of how people work. One consequence seems clear: The classic job of the middle manager will soon disappear.

Expert says the workplace bullying blame game is bleeding millions out of the economy

Strange as it may seem, the Australian economy is losing millions of dollars through industries punishing rather than preventing workplace bullying, according to a leading Australian industrial psychologist.

Dr Rod Gutierrez, the head of psychological-based safety programs offered by DuPont Sustainable Solutions, says most Australian companies adopt a zero tolerance approach to bullying – and plough expensive resources into prosecuting or counseling offenders.

A parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying is currently underway but Dr Gutierrez said research was showing that the usual systems of dealing with the problem might actually be ineffective.

8 Fun Ways to Manage Stress

Being “stressed” seems to be as trendy as being “on a diet.”  Everyone’s doing  it, throwing the terms around as if it’s an excuse for a  bad mood or short  fuse. Problem is: stress has some serious  side-effects that can be  detrimental to your health and happiness if it  isn’t addressed. Of course there  are lots of pills to help you ease off  angst, but we prefer to do it green – naturally. No drugs, no chemicals,  just good natural cures. Our favorite and  the most fun by far: Kissing!

Do Self-Help Books Really Help?

Even though I am myself a writer of self-help books, I often ponder this  question.

Leafing through those inspiring words of wisdom, including my own, I ask  myself, “Actually, isn’t this stating the obvious? After all, everyone knows the  importance of being positive, eating right etcetera.”

Somehow, each time these doubts pop up into my head, they are answered by a  book or article that I stumble upon. Sarah Ban Breathnach shows  me the way to Simple Abundance.And Comfort Queen Jennifer  Louden is always at hand to offer healing advice.

Sext Up Kids (VIDEO)

At Care2, we’ve written numerous times about the increased sexualization of  children and teenagers. From Toddlers  and Tiaras to crotchless  thongs for girls to teens  texting pornographic images, our children are being sexualized and exposed  to sexual imagery and situations  an earlier ages and in a more intensified  fashion than every before. This is being facilitated and exacerbated by  technology and the media.

The Meaning of Earth Day

22 April 2012  Today is Earth Day, and as I read about all of the celebratory events occurring in my area,  I find myself pondering the real meaning of the day.  The first Earth Day  was recognized in 1970 and came to fruition largely as the result of the efforts  of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin who was disturbed by the 1969 Union  Oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara and inspired by Vietnam War protests.   Nelson imagined Earth Day to be a large-scale teach-in and day of national  protest.

Curiosity and Care: the Core Necessity for Learning

Spring is brief where I live in Maine. It comes late and fast. For years I  didn’t truly appreciate it because it was a far cry from the springs I was used  to in Pennsylvania, where April birdsong was almost deafening and the abundance  of colorful flowers kaleidoscopic. Here in Maine, there are certainly songbirds  and flowers, but many fewer and much less spectacular than in Pennsylvania. But  those days of missing the springs of the mid-Atlantic states have diminished as  I’ve come to marvel at the abundance of amazing spring happenings here in Maine.  In the past week I’ve seen the seals return to bask on the rocks at low tide and  dozens of pairs of mergansers float by close to shore. The Spring Peepers – tiny  frogs whose choruses are the Maine equivalent of mid-Atlantic cicadas in summer – are back, and the Bullfrogs, Green Frogs, newts and dragonflies have emerged  at our pond.

Food Labels Show Contempt for Consumers

If I want fiction, I’ll pick up a novel, not a food label. But according to data unearthed by Postmedia News, I might as well cruise the grocery story  aisles for a dose of creative writing.

For years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has released  generalized information on the food industry’s compliance, or non-compliance,  with labeling regulations. Since CFIA allows manufacturers a 20 percent fudge  factor in what they put on their labels, a reasonable consumer might expect  compliance to be high. Differences in testing equipment and batches of  ingredients can make it difficult to provide exact percentages, but 20 percent  is more than adequate wiggle room for telling consumers what they are  eating.

Dispatches From The War On Women: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the  latest news from the     frontlines    of     the     War    on       Women.  Have a story from     your state or   an   idea    on  how  to    push    back?      Share     them here and  fight   back   against   the  War on Women.

The big story in Washington D.C. right now is whether or not Republicans are  actually going to kill the very popular and very successful Violence Against Women Act. And if ever there was a story  that encapsulated the Republican war on women opposition to VAWA is it.  Republicans like to point out that they don’t oppose VAWA, they just oppose  making sure VAWA protections extend to undocumented women and members of the  LGBT community. This is despite uncontested evidence that threat of deportation  is often used as a means of keeping women in an abusive and sometimes deadly  domestic relationship. And it’s also despite the fact that what we’re talking  about here is recognition and protection of basic human rights for all women.

Remembering who you are

At the centre of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are  and you know what you want.” ~Lao Tzu

As a society, we have been taught from an early age that we know nothing  – we must go to the experts to find answers, and go to school to study  to gain  knowledge in order to be successful.

If you’re reading this, I expect you’re part of a new wave of thinking  that  recognizes the innate wisdom that lies within you. This wisdom is  not bounded  by reason or limitation, nor is it reserved for the chosen  few who through  rites or rituals have earned the right to spiritual  transcendence. This is an  inner knowing everyone can grasp; an inner  resonance which at its core is bound  to our connection to Source

Dr Phil

Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the most well-known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the new leader in daytime talk, Dr. Phil. Launched in 2002, Dr. Phil provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television.

Mental Health Academy

Mental Health Academy is the largest provider of professional development (PD) education specifically for the mental health industry. Mental Health Academy offers the widest range of courses and videos, with convenient online delivery, and the most professional recognition.

Welcome to Our Consumer Place

Our Consumer Place is a resource centre run entirely by people diagnosed with “mental illness” (we choose to call ourselves “consumers”). We provide information, training, support and advice to consumer-developed groups and projects. We also support what we call “consumer perspective” recognising that the lived experience of “mental illness” provides a crucial source of insight that is of value and must be respected. We believe that we are part of an important cultural shift, towards valuing and respecting the lived experience of “mental illness.”

Eat Right 4 Your Type

Welcome to official website of Dr. Peter D’Adamo and the first science that understands you as a biochemical individual. Following decades of ongoing research and clinical work, Dr. D’Adamo created The Blood Type Diets™, a way of eating and living that has transformed the health of millions.

Food intolerance Network

The Food Intolerance Network consists of more than 8,000 families, mostly in Australia and New Zealand but with members in USA, UK, EU, Canada and several other countries.

The Network provides

  • independent information about the effects of food on behaviour, health and learning ability in both children and adults, and
  • support for families using a low-chemical elimination diet free of additives, low in salicylates, amines and flavour enhancers (FAILSAFE) for health, behaviour and learning problems.

Arizona Removes “Retardation,” “Crippled” From Statutes

Arizona held a ceremonial signing to celebrate the passage of House Bill 2213, which officially removes the words “mental retardation” and “crippled” from the Arizona Revised Statutes. Governor Jan Brewer had signed the bill back in April and the legislation will go into effect on September 30. The word “mental retardation” will be replaced with “intellectual disability” and the word “crippled” with “physically disabled” in state statutes.

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