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Bullying Is No Joke, 3 Ways To Protect Your Kids

  Continuing in this Back-To-School month with a focus on the health of our children, let’s talk about something uncomfortable.     Let’s talk about something that we *need* to be talking about more. Let’s talk about something positive that we can do to protect the physical and mental well being of our children for the rest of their lives: end bullying. Published in JAMA Psychiatry in Feb, 2016, the largest study ever to look at childhood bullying documents something we already *know* — that victims of bullying in childhood have painful, lasting ramifications well into adulthood.   The Study: …

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Good Moods Are Contagious In Teens (And Prevents Depression)

As I blogged about last week… mood is not just something that colors our day. Our moods actually make a huge difference in our projected lifespan… this is now a medical fact!   On the heels of that study, yet another study was published just last month (August 19, 2015 in the Proc Biol Science) revealing that a positive mood among teens is not only “contagious” and spreads among peers… … but is also associated with enhanced recovery from depression and decreased future risk of depression. And even better, the reverse is not true: depressed mood does not appear to …

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