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How to Use Empathy

This video was based on a TED talk by Dr. Brené Brown. She is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent more than a decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness,...

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Self-Compassion

Dr. Kristin Neff, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Texas at Austin, has spent much of her career researching self-compassion. What is self-compassion? How is self-compassion helpful? How can we get better at...

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The Act of Smiling

You might have heard the phrase that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. The amount of muscles that it takes is up for debate (some places say it takes 13 to smile...

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Rewriting Nightmares

Nightmares are never fun. They can feel like horror movies come to life, often times created specifically for you and the things that terrify and worry you the most. We all experience nightmares, but...

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Asking questions about your health

Being a young person is full of changes, and some of these changes may lead you to having questions about your health. You might wonder whether the things you’re feeling, thinking or experiencing physically...

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Coping With Burnout

School, extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, and work obligations: many young people are juggling a lot at once. Often burnout is discussed when talking about demanding careers, but the burnout teenage students experience is left...

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Grieving an Unfollow

That may sound a tad overdramatic, but if you’ve ever logged onto one of your social media accounts and have seen even just one fewer follower, you likely have had a million questions begin...