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The end-of-the-school-year brings varying thoughts to mind for different student populations; some are relieved to have a break from academic rigors and associated expectations while others look forward to family vacations, camps or any number of specialized activities. However, no students look forward to experiencing the difficulties associated with what isn’t available when summer vacation arrives. In-School Assistance for Students The Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) may or may …

What are your thoughts as you witness another school year coming to a close? Has the year been everything you’d hope it could be? What changes would you consider? Ideas to improve school culture To ensure that the school atmosphere is one that encourages not only academic success, but also stresses social-emotional growth, consider the positive results that such an emphasis would create. Having an attitude of perseverance and grit …

You’ve reached the point where you can admit you have a problem — and that you want to get better. There have been too many blackouts, fights, lost money, and really bad decisions. You are finally ready to come clean. But there’s a reason they call this an addiction, not a hobby. Getting past substance abuse can be very difficult. There are physical addictions, psychological addictions, friends as enablers, and …

Some days I’m just tired. I can’t seem to find the energy to exercise, cook, chat, or tackle any of the zillion and one things I could, or should, be accomplishing. But, rather than forcing myself out of my funk, which is sometimes necessary, I might decide to just go with the feeling…and have a personal meditation retreat day. Whether indoors or out, I can meditate for extended periods of …

Shawn Achor, a well-known Harvard lecturer, happiness researcher, and TedX speaker, says we’ve got it all wrong. Typically, the world seems to hold as true the notion that our reality shapes us; what we’ve achieved or have determines our levels of happiness. But, according to Achor, this isn’t true. Rather than our reality shaping us, it’s the lens through which we view our reality that really has an impact on …

I get it. I, too, would love to spare my children adversity, unpleasantness, or failure of any kind. (And, mind you, this statement is coming from a woman whose children are all adults, some with children of their own!) Yet, when I stop and really give these feelings adequate time and contemplation, I must accept the fact that, were I to follow through on these urges, it would be to …

I love to do the New York Times crossword puzzle every morning. And I’m getting better at them…yeah, me! But one of the clues in today’s puzzle let me know that my personal and professional worlds are colliding. Actually, they already had; after all, I take myself with me wherever I go, but when the answer to a crossword puzzle clue is AMYGDALA…well, no further proof is necessary. AMYGDALA is …

How often are your conversations focused around the “good” stuff? Doing good deeds formally, or informally, with an organization? Going out of your way to help the less fortunate? Doing something toward your own self-care? Every so often news programs present a feature, or series, that highlight the positives. And that does bring attention to the activity. But, what if we went one step further and combined the desire to …

Happiness has become such a large part of today’s daily conversation that it actually has its own day. Like, literally. And internationally. The International Day of Happiness is scheduled for March 20 and there’s no time like the present to start planning. Organizations are making arrangements, thinking of a multitude of ways to spotlight the day and, at the same time, hoping that one day of happiness turns into many, …

Everyone might wish to be happy all the time, but that’s just not realistic. After all, life has a way of throwing us a few curveballs. A relationship that didn’t go the way we planned. Yesterday’s best friend simply…isn’t anymore. Not getting that job offer or expected promotion. Getting a poor response to something that we had worked really hard. The passing of a loved one. These are all things …