There are so many things that can infuriate us online: a clickbait article, pandemic denial, news of an insurrection of a nation’s Capitol, etc. You name it. It’s been a taxing time for many people, myself included. Especially if I don’t have the energy to get involved in a conversation that I know will be emotionally charged, my natural tendency is to steer clear. But sometimes, this can be an excellent opportunity to facilitate dialogue.
Many things in the world require attention. Not to mention social media being the soundboard for your close friends, casual friends, work friends, and old…
When you grow up with parents from another country, certain things are very unique to your childhood.
There are clashes in culture. There are clashes in language. Sometimes there’s little to no translation to adequately express your frustration. But most of the time, you lack the lack of intuitive understanding to figure out why your parents say the things they say.
There’s undeniable solidarity you find with other first-gens about your experience, and perhaps you don’t even need to be South Asian to relate to the things on this list.
Here are some things that I’ve heard over the years…
This statement has been said about vaccines, the gender binary, and about COVID. You might have even thought it yourself. I get it; it’s frustrating. One day, we have research results that say one thing. The next day, something new has come up. A week later, scientists realize it wasn’t this thing but that thing.
Today on a BBC 4 radio show, Huw Merriman, a conservative MP in the UK, mentioned that he’s “sick and tired” of the science behind coronavirus changing. He wondered how science could vary from one day to the next, and that the government needs to…
In the United States, there are many first-generation Americans whose parents come from a country that speaks a different language. These kids, having grown up in the US, can also speak English very fluently. However, I’ve also met other cases such as myself: people who can understand the language of their parents/family but can’t participate in the conversations or the cultural nuances of the language (and sometimes can’t even speak it at all).
You may have noticed a resurgence of people on your Twitter feed citing a person’s “star sign” for one of their dreadful behaviors. While most people enjoy looking up their horoscopes for kicks and giggles, others heavily rely on astrology to explain abstract phenomena that occur in our daily lives.
Is there a psychological explanation for our fascination with astrology?
The answer is the same as other metaphysical subjects, whether that’s as small as superstitions or as large as religions.
It makes us feel like we’re connected to something bigger than ourselves, that there is a bigger orchestration for the…
As unlikely as it seems, the bacteria in your digestive system influences some cognitive functions that are performed by the brain, including stress management and sleep cycles. If you haven’t considered them much before, then here are a few reasons why you should:
Probiotics, as defined by Ryan Andrews of Precision Nutrition, refers to any beneficial bacteria in our bodies. They’re plentiful in certain areas, such as our digestive tract, and help us absorb the nutrients from the food that we eat.
There’s another microbial level, which [is] prebiotics. Prebiotics serve as “food” for the beneficial bacteria in our body…
There’s always more to the story.
Your psychological and emotional well-being is an important part of your health, so why don’t we talk about it more when tragedies don’t occur?
Mental health becomes a topic frequently brought up after mass shootings, yet it seems to rarely come up on its own accord. Even though these tragedies can shed some light into the world of mental illnesses and the behavioral tendencies they can exhibit, it can also facilitate a stigma around individuals who have a mental illness. This can lead to forming inaccurate assumptions about these people.
I don’t have a slew of articles to cite this week, but I still have something for you to consider.
I can’t possibly be the only one who sees this mindset every now and then.
There’s that one social media account that gets retweeted, shared, or reblogged [onto your feed] with something self-deprecating about the author or a generally negative statement.
For me, since [I was] in college and most my social media friends are also in college, I see many posts about the tired, hungry, overworked, depressed and anxious college student.
But … why?
I found myself doing this…
[Around] a month into [the] spring semester, [I see] signs of mental fatigue everywhere on campus. Dazed students bumping into each other, coffee cups in hand, misplacing common items, etc. We’re all guilty of it. There are a multitude of ways that you can minimize the effects of mental decline.
Unless you’re into the whole “romanticizing the miserable college student” aesthetic, here’s a well-rounded list of things you can do to make sure the rest of the semester doesn’t suck the life out of you.
As someone who calls East Tennessee their home, [there are] many things I love about this place. The weather is not one of them.
Arguably, Tennessee weather hasn’t always been the most predictable or made the most sense, but I think we can agree that [the winter of 2017] is one of the warmer winters we’ve endured. Climate change can be a natural occurrence, but our superimposed contribution of [heat-trapping] gases has moved beyond an intuitive weather cycle.
While the ozone layer began to repair itself in the summer of 2016, our environment’s state can [still cause] neurological effects. Mark…
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