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Posts by Shira Miller

How to stay connected during a socially distant holiday season

So, the holiday season is different this year. Fancy office holiday parties have been shelved. Bouncing around to spend Christmas with large groups of extended family members could trigger a super-spreader event. I just saw a funny Hanukkah meme with a dancing potato pancake that read “pass the latkes, not the Covid.” With case counts…

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5 Ways to Reach for More in Life

I am not a football fan. But when the story broke in November 2020 that Vanderbilt University student Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 regular-season college football game, I cheered that milestone along with millions of others. Because until recently, society taught us that girls didn’t play football. However,…

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What your favorite holiday present says about you

During the holiday season, it is normal for gift-giving to occupy a chunk of mental space. News sites and social media influencers galore are constantly posting annual gift recommendations that are hard to ignore. On Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop site, you can find a retrofitted electric WV Bug automobile or an Hermès skateboard while Walmart is…

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How to gain more hope during hard times

Sure it was hard to find toilet paper, hand sanitizer or baker’s yeast throughout the pandemic. Looking for a new bicycle or major appliance? Bet you were out of luck. But for many individuals, the item in shortest supply over the past year has been what they needed the most — hope. While the Bureau…

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5 Ways to Shut Down Negative Self-Talk

From Mike Tyson to Shaq, some professional athletes have gained a reputation for excelling at using trash talk to psyche out an opponent as much as the sports they dominate. But you don’t have to possess super star status to be the target of supreme put-downs. If you had a classmate in elementary school make…

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Finding Greater Well-Being and Meaning During COVID-19

According to Trust for America’s Health, in 2020 the U.S. adult obesity ratestands at 42.4 percent. This represents an all-time high, with the national adult obesity rate increasing by 26 percent since 2008. It’s hard to beat those odds once obese and claim a healthier life. But Misty Boachie did. Her lifelong struggle with overeating…

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4 Ways to Have More Meaningful Conversations

Want to lift your spirits during these stressful times? Developing a mid-afternoon wine habit between Zoom meetings at work or consuming roughly the equivalent of your body weight in chocolate probably is not the best answer. Instead, engage in more meaningful conversations with others whenever possible. After all, science has shown that quality conversations increase…

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How to Stop Being a “Debbie Downer”

Remember Debbie Downer, the Saturday Night Live character who always found a way to kill the mood at family celebrations by inappropriately mentioning feline AIDS, blood diamonds and whatever else is wrong in the world? She would have plenty of material to work with these days. However, there are some serious consequences to constantly diverting…

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3 Signs You are on the Wrong Path in Life

As a directionally challenged person who has gotten lost on rural highways, city streets and even certain cavernous parking decks, I consider GPS to be one of the best inventions of all time. Whatever mapping app you use though, there is one route it can’t navigate — your path in life. We all face certain…

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