When hope dims, affirmations rekindle the flame. Here are my six favorite affirmations.

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Exerting effort at anything and not seeing positive results can be discouraging, I learned this after job rejections, friendship losses, breakups, poor grades, and failure to meet personal goals. Perhaps you’ve had some of these experiences, too.

Discouragement can lead to feelings of hopelessness, especially when our shortcomings are repetitive. But the nice thing about hope is that it can return. This article contains six affirmations I have found to be very helpful in reducing discouragement and rekindling hope.

Writing to reframe my thoughts helped me find…


Although mental health stigma has declined over the last year, it is still a major issue. Here are some ideas on how to recognize and reduce it.

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Mental health stigma affects how we perceive psychiatric disorders. It also affects self-esteem and progress in mental health treatment. This post contains more information about mental health stigma and how to reduce it.

Definition of Stigma

I’m sure most of you have heard about mental health stigma and know what it is. For those of you who do not know much about it, here is the definition of stigma by Mayo Clinic.

Stigma is when someone…


Finding the right LinkedIn connections will help you land a job in your field. Here are some tips.

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When I first heard of LinkedIn, I had already been using Indeed. While Indeed was great for finding jobs, I needed a little help finding jobs in my field. So I used LinkedIn to find people who had the type of jobs I was seeking. Here are some tips for using LinkedIn’s network feature to find the right connections for your professional needs.

1. Create an Enticing Headline

Think about your best friend. You probably have many things in common, which means you have a lot of…


Do you know someone with an invisible disability? If so, here are some important things to know when supporting or accommodating them.

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Talking about invisible disabilities is a sensitive topic, as there are many misconceptions that have led to stigma. Having struggled with invisible disabilities myself, I have heard disrespectful comments and false assumptions. I firmly believe that people of all abilities have great potential. In this article, I will share my experience with disability stigma, the truth about invisible disabilities, and conversation etiquette.

I hope that by the end of this article, you will learn a little bit about…


“This is Us” is a wonderful drama for its relevancy and deep messages. Viewers can learn something new from every episode. Here are four lessons about family.

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Three years ago, I jumped on the “This Is Us” bandwagon, and I’m glad I did! This drama is about a family with three children who all share a birthday with their father. Two of the children are biologically related, and one is adopted. The show follows the lives of the family members, flipping from past to present. All the characters struggle with common problems, which makes the show very relatable for viewers…


Thank you for this article! I've heard so many writers say that if you're not writing all the time, you're not "really" a writer. I'm glad you pointed out that's not true! Experiencing life is how we get ideas, and you can't do that if you're ALWAYS "in front of the keyboard." You inspired me to read more and not be ashamed of writing "crap". I will use your advice to become more confident in my writing skills.


There are many benefits of reading every day. What are these benefits? And how do you make time to enjoy a book? Find out through this guide.

Reading every day benefits you in many ways.
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Do you love to read, but can’t seem to find the time for it? Reading has many benefits, some of which include relaxation and improved brain function. No matter how busy you are, it is possible to reap these benefits by reading every day. Here are some of the benefits of reading and how to make time for it every day.

Part 1: The Benefits of Reading

1. You will notice less stress and fatigue.


No matter how well you do something, someone might give you negative criticism. While this criticism can hurt, here are five things you can do to relieve the pain.

Criticism hurts, but there are ways to cope with it.
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Many of your actions will elicit a response. Sometimes your work will receive praise; other times, it will receive negative criticism. When someone looks down upon your work, you do not have to let it bring you down. When you feel yourself losing spirit from negative criticism, try doing these five things.

1. Remind Yourself That Criticism Is Not a Reflection of Your Worth


If your child has special needs, helping them learn during the pandemic can be a challenge. Here are some ways to help your child excel during this time.

You can help your child with learning disabilities excel academically.
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Having struggled with learning disabilities in school during my childhood, I remember how my parents advocated for my education. With the pandemic, I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for parents who are teaching their children now. Through my own experiences and research, I can give you some tips about how to ensure that your child gets the best education possible.

Communicate with Your Child’s Teacher


Do you want to improve your relationship with Jesus? If so, check out the YouVersion Bible app. It has many features to help you grow in faith.

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In 2015, I realized that I had not been making Jesus a priority in my life. Yes, I went to church every Sunday. But I needed something that would remind me to spend time with Him during the week. That was the only way I would be able to work on my relationship with Him. When I heard about the app called YouVersion and all its wonderful features, I downloaded it on my…

Martha Lueck

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