10 Ways to Build Resilience - Generation Next | A Social Enterprise dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People and their Community Generation Next Blog ← Man Dies After Three-Day Internet Gaming Binge • Are Wellbeing Programmes Making Any Difference? → Many people react to life’s challenging experiences with strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Resilience is not a trait that people are born with. A combination of factors contribute to resilience: · The capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out · A positive view of yourself and confidence in your strengths and abilities · Skills in communication and problem solving · The capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses. 10 Ways to Build Resilience 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. While these tips provide a good useful starting point, it is important to remember that the key is to identify ways that are likely to work well for you as part of your own personal strategy for fostering resilience. Adapted from The Road to Resilience If you're new here, you can find out more about Generation Next events here.
Search for "random acts of kindness" - Who Arted? Random Acts of Kindness Tree Did you know there is a Random Acts of Kindness Day? It’s celebrated every year on February 17th… But why limit yourself to one day a year? I came up with a creative and fun way for our family to spread random acts of kindness year-round: a Random Acts of Kindness Tree! My idea was to spread some happiness and teach my little one about the joys of giving. Want to make your own tree? Materials Needed: Step One: Decorate your tree with a base layer. Step Two: Add some hanging ornaments to fill up your tree. …and some personalized Photo Ornaments (want to make your own? Step Three: Print Random Acts of Kindness cards. Step Four: Fill out your Random Acts of Kindness cards. Step Five: Start enjoying your tree! Need some ideas to get inspired? Did you make your own Random Acts of Kindness Tree? Read More Happy Dolls and The Birthday Project I first heard about “The Birthday Project” from a close friend of mine. This sort of thing is right up my alley. 1. 2. 3.
Henderson Rubin Creative Design Studio: Freebie Friday~Let's Celebrate Kindness Printables Hi all! Happy Friday! Today I am sharing my favorite quotes on KINDNESS. I keep a collection of quotes on KINDNESS and wanted to share them in a different way other then simply just retyping the quote. I love to pin (real life) different inspirational ideas and images near my desk. My campaign for kindness began with my favorite quotes on kindness. There are so many ways in which to spread kindness, I wanted to share it through design. Please feel free to download this FREE PRINTABLE: Have a great weekend! The Top 10 Good News Stories of 2014 I was reading through all the negativity and stupidity this morning while drinking my coffee and something said, ‘how about some good news?’, so I typed in GOOD NEWS and found your site… Ahhh! John Longo Oh my, you’ve made my day! - Dany Thank you for writing your newsletter, Some Good News! - former Sec. of State Colin Powell Your daily stories have allowed me to rekindle a certain appreciate for the good things in life. - Trey Aubrey I think there needs to be a change of consciousness with the news ... to try to seek a higher ground. - Oprah Winfrey When I read the newspaper, I look for the good news because every thought we think changes our biochemistry. - Dr. I think the press, including TV journalism, has an ethical responsibility, a sacred responsibility, a service mission ... to make good news just as entertaining (as we've made sexy the violence). - Marianne Williamson If news is not really news unless it is bad news, it may be difficult to claim we are an informed nation. - St. - Lisa
Malala Yousafzai: the inspiration | Nobel Peace Prize 2014 Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Here we share some of the reasons she's an inspiration everyone. “Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations." The Nobel Peace Prize committee on Malala. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” “I raise my voice not so that i can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” "My goal is not to get a Nobel Peace Prize...my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education of every child." I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai is out now.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2015 Theme: Make It Happen International Women's Day 2015 Theme: MAKE IT HAPPEN All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Various organisations identify their own International Women's Day theme, specific to their local context and interests. Support International Women's Day ONLINE Use your voice via social media: - #MakeItHappen - #womensday - #IWD2015 - #internationalwomensday - #PaintItPurple - And watch out for even more #hashtag activism from loads of great groups all around the world Support International Women's Day OFFLINE Why purple?
Open Letter to Julien Blanc - HandbagMafiaHandbagMafia If you have thus far managed not to hear about this, you might want to read a summary here of what went on so you see why I’m writing this. Dear Julien, By now, I imagine you’re back home after your less than successful Australian Tour and subsequent booting out of the country. The thing is, here is Australia, we are far from perfect when it comes to any number of things but what you will have discovered is that we have a rather powerful feminist community. The wonderful Kirsty Mac, who was instrumental in stopping Blanc’s “seminars” from going ahead, which you can read about on her blog here and here. As a member of that community, I can’t help but feel a little sorry for you. What you’re doing is promoting rape culture and misogyny. You speak about women as if we are animals- “game”- for you to hunt in the “field” and talk about ways to manipulate us and control what we are thinking to get us into bed with you. You’re really quite racist and disrespectful. Credit: Chally and Nirmukta
2015 has three Friday the 13ths. What are the odds? Scared of Friday the 13th? An irrational fear of this date is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga is the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named). Image via Kelli Marshall March 13, 2015 is a Friday, ushering in Act II of this year’s epic Friday the 13th trilogy. We had a Friday the 13th in February, too – exactly four weeks before March’s Friday the 13th! Not that we at EarthSky suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia – an irrational fear of Friday the 13th – but, gosh darn, it’s Friday the 13th three times over in 2015. Scary coincidence or super unlucky? In 2015, blame Thursday The February-March-November Friday the 13th trilogy repeats … The rhyme and reason of the Friday the 13th cycle Friday-the-13th-year repetitions within 28-year cycle Can three Friday the 13ths occur in a leap year? The Friday the 13th slasher-movie franchise helped keep this day maintain its notoriety. Gioachino Rossini, a 19th century Italian composer. Scary coincidence or super unlucky? Enjoying EarthSky so far?
The First Woman Photographer - Anna Atkins - Films not dead. - F.N.D Anna Atkins is said to had been the first woman to create a photograph. Initially she was trained as an English Botanist and discovered photography as a means to document botanical specimens for a scientific reference book, entitled ‘British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions’. This book subsequently became considered to be the first book to demonstrate light-senstive materials in a publication. As well as this, Aktin’s decided to use the Cyanotype process further by printing her hand-written text and illustrations through the means of this photographic process rather than using traditional letter pressing. Anna Atkins was born in Tunbridge, Kent, England in 1799. From 1843 to 1853 she worked constantly to document her large collection of seaweed, which were then released as a 12-part series. Information: The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes – Second edition/ Lee Gallery
Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas - Who Arted? Several of my friends are in the process of starting their families – which means I’ve been going to quite a few baby showers lately! If you’re searching for some creative and thoughtul gift ideas, look no further! Here are seven of my favorite gift ideas for moms-to-be! Gift Idea #1: Monthly Onesies One of my favorite gifts to give! …and my niece! If you’re interested in a monthly onesie tutorial, let me know! Gift Idea #2: Books! My in-laws threw me a baby shower and asked guests to bring a book in lieu of a card. My favorite part of this idea is that each guest wrote a little note inside their book, so everytime we read a book we have a special note from our family and friends. Recordable Books: One of my favorite books we received was from Casey’s Great Grandma Evelyn. Old Books: Another great surprise was that my mother-in-law saved some of my husband’s books from when he was little. Interactive Books: One of our favorites is the “Tickle Monster” Laughing Kit. Gift Idea #3: Baby Binder
Sisters of Charity Australia – The Love Of Christ Impels Us Pope Francis Honours Founder of the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Australia. Given at Rome: 18th March 2015 Mary Aikenhead (1787-1858), who founded the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1815 to provide services to “the suffering poor”, has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis. Being declared Venerable is the second of four steps in the Catholic Church’s Canonisation process. Throughout the world today Religious Sisters of Charity are in Ireland, England, Scotland, Zambia, California, Nigeria, Malawi and Australia. When Mary Aikenhead set up her Congregation two hundred years ago, there were only a hundred women religious in Ireland, all enclosed contemplatives. Sister Clare Nolan, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Australia, concurs with Sister Mary Christian, Congregational Leader of the Religious Sisters of Charity in Ireland that Mary Aikenhead was a woman ahead of her time.
How to Start a Gratitude Practice and Change Your Life “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu Somewhere in the distant past, out here in New Zealand, I recall someone saying to me “Be grateful for small mercies.” Back in the 1950s, when I was a small girl, that meant being grateful for the simple things that made up the better part of my life. As I grew, I forgot that piece of advice that someone, probably my beautiful grandmother, gave me way back then. Like so many people in the world in 2010, troubles were crowding in on me. My American same-sex partner and I had not been able to see each other for over a year, due to both the usual constraints—American immigration law does not recognize our relationship—and the not so usual – the recession, joblessness, bankruptcy, and threatened foreclosure on our American home. In July my father died in New Zealand and it was at that point I threw in the towel. At that moment I fired off an email to the great love of my life in New York. And so we did. 1. 2.
How to Practice Gratitude – Helpful Tips (and focus on what's really important.) In a stuck moment, it’s hard to see positive forces when obstacles are blaring and fears are looming. This is a good time to be grateful. Not grateful for what has us stuck, but appreciating what doesn’t. Gratitude helps us see our situation in a way that can lessen panic, and could open up our thinking to new solutions. Thing is, people aren’t hardwired to be grateful. Gratitude puts situations into perspective. Unstuck helps us achieve what's important to us Unstuck helps you solve life’s problems, big and small, by looking at what has you stuck and how to change that. 9 ways to cultivate gratitude 1 Notice your day-to-day world from a point of gratitude and be amazed at all the goodness we take for granted. The power of paying a compliment When Mark Twain said, "I can live two months on a good compliment," he only told half the story. Here are five do’s and don’ts to make the most of giving and receiving of admiration: DO be genuine.