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Why Mattering Matters

Today I’d like to share with you a very interesting project I recently learned about that is based at Temple University.  I believe it resonates with many people, including me, and is particularly relevant to those who experience social isolation, loneliness, depression and suicidality.  The project comes from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and is entitled “You Matter…but what does mattering really mean?” (Neuman T, et al 2023*) I[…]

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Relationships, New Year’s Resolutions and the New York Times 7-Day Happiness Challenge

January is the time of year when many of us make New Year’s resolutions.  I’m personally not a huge fan of that exercise, as many people start out with good intentions and lose the momentum and motivation to follow through as the month progresses.  Then they feel guilty and disappointed in themselves for failing.  Instead, I encourage others (and myself) to create goals at any time of year, SMART goals that are small and specific,[…]

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The Difficulty in Making Meaningful Connections in Adulthood

I recently heard a wonderful and very enthusiastic presentation by psychologist Dr. Marisa Franco of the University of Maryland who had some very practical thoughts and recommendations on making friends in adulthood.  I’ve personally found that making meaningful connections is something more difficult to do as we age, deal with the isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic, or deal with mental health conditions that can cause a person to be more withdrawn and isolated socially.  There[…]

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