Emotional Awareness

Why do sad movies make us feel good?

Consider the movie “Titanic.” You’ve likely seen it. An epic movie about a real-life tragedy at sea, “Titanic” features a woman in an abusive relationship, scenes of many people dying horribly and – spoiler alert – an ending where the heroine’s lover drowns. It’s also the second-highest grossing film of all time. Very few people …

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That Sucks Day: The mental health benefit of pranks

April 15 is National That Sucks Day. To anyone who pays taxes, this day resonates. Historically, April 15 has not been kind. John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln on this day in 1865. The Titanic went under on April 15, 1912. Even T.S. Eliot described April as the cruelest month, but it’s doubtful the poet …

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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s …

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Handling a custody battle mindfully

Life happens. Sometimes life includes divorce. Although the old adage about 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce is no longer accurate, divorces still happen for a variety of reasons, from the simple to the profound. Apart from the obvious acrimony in any failed relationship, divorces often require lengthy settlements where property and finances are …

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A play on words, exploring the emoji culture

These pictures may not be worth a thousand words, but emoticons or emojis are a popular trend for conveying messages. If anyone has received a reply he or she wasn’t expecting from a text or email, it’s evident intention does not translate well across the illuminated screens like handwritten letters or face-to-face dialogue. The archetype …

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