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Posts categorized under 'Emotional Support'

The Good in Give and Take

Humans are not meant to go it alone. Science is finding evidence that we may be wired for close companionship, built to connect with and care for one another. Study after study shows not only that too much solitude hurts us, but also that offering and receiving support bring emotional and physical benefits. It is good to receive. Researchers have […]

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Music Therapy, Fine-Tuned for Transformations

I have been told by people, “You have the best job” and “How wonderful it is you do this.” But more often, I am told “I have never heard of Music Therapy.” Music Therapy is the use of music by a board certified Music Therapist to achieve nonmusical goals. For example, children may learn academic skills through singing songs. Individuals […]

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The Opportunity and Challenge of International Forgiveness Day

Sunday, August 3 is International Forgiveness Day. In honor of the occasion, therapist Kristie McDonald offers her thoughts on the hows and whys of taking the path to forgiveness. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the […]

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The Power of a Connected Neighborhood

Nextdoor.com is a private social network allowing neighbors to create private neighborhood websites where they can get to know one another, ask questions, exchange local advice and recommendations, and organize virtual neighborhood watches to reduce crime. The following is a true story, and a great example of how connecting with your neighbors can create a caring, compassionate community – especially […]

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Breast Cancer? Keep Laughing.

In my first post, Laughing at My Cancer, I talked about my use of a humor as a coping mechanism when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s one thing to maintain a sense of humor while the disease is still an abstract concept, but what about when all the gears start moving? The beauty of using humor is that […]

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