Thoughts: on Emotions (and a little Phillip Seymour Hoffman)

People handle death and grief in so many different ways. When an influential person or a celebrity passes away, as Phillip Seymour Hoffman recently did, our generation of twenty-somethings seems to flock to social networking, whether it be to pay respect or to share our thoughts and emotions. Most of the time, posts like these are caring and respectful.

Sometimes, they’re not.

As I was perusing my social networks (something I find myself doing far too frequently these days), I saw a Facebook status posted by a girl I went to school with a long time ago that looked like this: Continue reading

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ReBlog: How to Improve Your Relationships and Make a Kinder World

Sometimes, we forget how much love you receive when you just put a little out into the world.  My boyfriend sent this post to me this weekend, and I found it was a much-needed reminder that kindness is gold.  The post speaks for itself, so that’s all the blabbing you’ll get from me today!  Read it here.

Ry and I spreading love and cheer at the NYS Food Festival!

Ry and I spreading love and cheer at the NYS Food Festival!

Four Reasons to Stop Saying the Word ‘Should’

Four Reasons to Stop Saying the Word ‘Should’

As a psych major, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people who are specialists, well versed in the ways of emotions, behaviors, and the consequences of human action and interaction.  One psychologist whom I admire once gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me.  I was venting to her about a choice that I had made and regretted, and was telling her what I thought I should have done instead.  Her advice was this—that using the word ‘should’ tends to be more destructive than Continue reading