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Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy? Part 2

I began part one of “Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy?” with data showing the apparently unprecedentedly high rate of unhappiness among young people in America (and elsewhere, but I am focusing on America). The rates of suicide, self-injury, depression, mass shootings and loneliness (at all ages) are higher than ever recorded. It seems that Americans may have been happier, and certainly less lonely, during the Great Depression and World War II than today, even with today’s unprecedentedly high levels of health, longevity, education and material well-being. There is, of course, no single explanation, and I listed a number [...]

2020-02-07T08:03:37+00:00February 7th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Youth crisis: Land of the free and home of the miserable?

Here are some unhappy statistics: — In America between 1946 and 2006, the suicide rate quadrupled for males ages 15 to 24 and doubled for females the same age. — In 1950, the suicide rate per 100,000 Americans was 11.4. In 2017, it was 14. — According to Grant Duwe, director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, in the 1980s, there were 32 mass public shootings (which he defines as incidents in which four or more people are killed publicly with guns within 24 hours). In the 1990s, there were 42. In the first decade of [...]

2020-02-02T23:44:12+00:00February 1st, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Can You Get Herpes from Kissing? And 14 Other Things to Know

Is it possible? Yes, you can contract oral herpes, aka cold sores, from kissing, but developing genital herpes this way is less likely. Oral herpes (HSV-1) is usually transmitted by kissing, and genital herpes (HSV-2) is most often spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause genital herpes, but genital herpes is most commonly caused by HSV-2. There’s no need to swear off kissing forever on account of herpes, though. Read on for everything you need to know about herpes from kissing and other contact. How does kissing transmit HSV? Oral herpes is mainly transmitted by skin-to-skin contact with [...]

2020-01-27T20:27:42+00:00January 24th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood Movie Review

Why would anyone want to watch a movie about Mr. Rogers? We all like movies that make us feel like a bigger person when it's over. Maybe for that reason, I liked the movie, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  From the movie's quote, "He's a little more complex than I thought," it's going to take some time for me to unpack the lessons in this movie, or in the life of Fred Rogers. I'll be watching it again. Besides, it has some fairly nice drama. The main character of the movie was a writer named Lloyd Vogel rather [...]

2020-01-15T11:04:07+00:00January 15th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Alcohol, Fun? But for Increasing Numbers, Lethal

Ads and movies promote it as the essential key to a fun social life, but for some reason leave out its darker aspects. Here are a few facts about alcohol they might not want you to know about.  Alcohol abuse affects more than 20 million Americans; about 90,000 people die of alcohol related causes each year in the US.  Alcohol-related Deaths Doubled in a Decade Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism analyzed the death certificates of Americans ages 16 and up between 1999 and 2017. And while 35,914 deaths were alcohol-related in 1999, that number doubled to [...]

2020-01-15T15:25:42+00:00January 15th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Why Willpower is Overrated

Research on will power and success shows that those who are successful don’t necessarily have more will power. They tend to avoid distractions and focus on positive goals, identifying doable behaviors to achieve those and learning to enjoy doing those behaviors. To some this all comes naturally, but can this be learned by the rest of us?  What we can learn from people who are good at self-control So who are these people who are rarely tested by temptations? They’re doing something right. Recent research suggests a few lessons we can draw from them. • People who are better at [...]

2020-01-07T11:15:10+00:00January 7th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

6 Reasons for Optimism in 2020

We have much to be grateful for and many reasons to be ecstatic about continued human progress. By Tyler Brant Courtesy of Foundation for Economic Education “The 2010s have been the best decade ever. The evidence is overwhelming.” Those are the words of Cato Institute senior fellow Johan Norberg, penned in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. Norberg’s words seem hyperbolic at first glance, but he may be right. In many ways, the world is getting better every day, and at an explosive rate. This is contrary to mainstream sentiment, where pundits clamor about democracy falling apart, climate catastrophe [...]

2019-12-30T01:44:09+00:00December 30th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Frequent Pot Smokers Face Twice the Odds for Stroke

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter Courtesy of WebMD MONDAY, Nov. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot doesn't do your heart or your brain any favors, a pair of new studies shows. Frequent pot smokers are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who don't partake, the first study found.They're also more likely to be hospitalized for a dangerously erratic heart rhythm, according to the second study. Both studies are to be presented at an upcoming meeting of the American HeartAssociation (AHA), in Philadelphia, Nov. 16 to 18. Research presented at meetings is typically considered [...]

2019-12-19T05:13:24+00:00December 19th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

How One Drink Killed Hip-Hop

By Evelyn Atieno Courtesy of HUFFPOST Originally posted June 14, 2016 “I don’t care if it was heroin in my cup, it’s in MY cup” said Lil Wayne in a 2009 interview for Behind the Music. Lil Wayne was being confronted about his abusive use of “lean” also known as codeine; to a Lil Wayne fan, it’s apparent that Wayne abuses lean, to others they think it’s what makes him, him. Lean has defined his career from his humble beginnings, in a perplexing way, Wayne doesn’t see lean as poisonous nor dangerous. He has been dependent on it for years, [...]

2019-12-13T17:40:52+00:00December 6th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments