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Disability Pride: The Strain of Trying to be Proud

July was Disability Pride Month, but there’s a difference between shouting from the rooftops and speaking in hushed tones. For many in the disability community, the idea of disability pride itself is a complicated topic. Whether it’s because of societal expectations, privacy concerns, or a lifelong curiosity about what...
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Body Odor Similarity Improves Social Bonding and Instant Connections

A recent study found that body odor may lead to "click" friendships, where people feel an instant mutual connection. Researchers used a device designed to be an "electronic nose" to find that "click" friends have similar body odor. Friendship brings many mental health benefits, including combatting loneliness and providing encouragement...
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Good Peer Play at Age 3 Means Better Mental Health Down the Road

When grown-ups see kids playing, they see games of hide and seek, freeze tag, or games of make-believe. What they don’t see is that kids are building confidence and self-esteem, nurturing curiosity, and developing coordination and stamina. Research shows that when children play, they are enhancing numerous cognitive, social,...
KIDS

Virtual Reality Exercise May Help Lower Stress Levels

The benefits of physical exercise are long-known and far-reaching. A workout at the gym or a brisk walk can keep you sharp mentally, help you maintain a healthy weight, and build up muscle. But if you can’t physically work out, or mobility is an issue, you may still be able...
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Thor: Love and Thunder’s Gorr Sheds Light on Why We Have Faith & Why We Lose It

Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for the film Thor: Love and Thunder, currently playing in theaters. The title character of Thor: Love and Thunder has never come across like a traditional god. Despite his roots in Norse mythology, neither Thor (Chris Hemsworth) nor any of the members of his family have ever seemed concerned about attracting and retaining worshippers.
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Brain Imaging Helps Predict Mental Distress in Kids

A child's brain is still developing at age 12, and the brain's changing nature may make it more vulnerable to mental health distress. Having another indicator of mental health concerns in youth can be beneficial for parents, therapists, and teachers. One out of seven kids aged 10 to 19 has...
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Why the Model Minority Stereotype is So Harmful to Asian Americans

The model minority myth or stereotype is harmful to Asian Americans, as it sets expectations for them to act a certain way, which can prevent them from seeking support. Stereotypes stem from such historical context as telling Japanese Americans to assimilate into white society in the 1940s after they were released from internment camps.
SOCIETY

Mindfulness Could Be an Important Strategy in Pain Reduction Toolbox

At this point, most of us are familiar with the concept of mindfulness. Through this ancient practice of focusing on sensory stimuli like our breathing or bodily sensations, we can be more present in the moment, and that can effectively reduce distress. The benefits of mindfulness-based therapy, which have been...
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