Remembering MLK via some of his iconic quotes

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“We must build dikes of courage to…


Six skills to guide people to a state of sustainable happiness

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After having survived the tragic year of 2020, the world moves forward with hope and optimism for what lies ahead in 2021. Each of us with our own to-do lists and aspirations in the hopes that this year can be safer, brighter, and better. On a global scale, we have various priorities that we must continue to work towards, two of these being our fight against climate change and prioritizing our well-being.

The term ‘sustainable happiness’ addresses these two concepts eloquently as it fuses together studies on sustainability, positive…


Tis the season to be sustainable!

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Photo by Samuel Holt on Unsplash

The holiday season is filled with joy and cheer — from gift giving to home decorating to baking yummy treats! However, many consumers do not stop and think about how much they are consuming, what they do with this consumption, and how all of these activities impact the environment.

For instance, 2.3 million pounds of gift wrapping paper goes to waste every year because consumers either toss it in the trash or the materials were never recyclable to begin with (Earth911). In the U.S. alone, over 15 million Christmas trees are cut every year…


A Helpful and Simple Guide to Taking Care of Yourself During Election Week

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With tensions in the air and higher than usual levels of stress, I wanted to share with you some effective and simple self-care practices you can implement into your lives for this election week (and beyond).

  • Journal and acknowledge your feelings: One of the most fundamental steps in practicing wellness and self-care is to acknowledge what emotions you are experiencing. Emotions can be intense and overwhelming, so it is important to recognize how you are feeling and then reflect on exactly what triggered those emotions. One of…


Understanding the Difference Between These Two Similar Concepts

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Mood and emotion are common words to reference our internal feelings and state of being. Because of some similarities between the two, one may not know the exact difference in meaning that these terms hold.

Emotion

Let’s start off with emotions. According to Psychology Today, emotions can be scientifically explained in two ways. According to the cognitive appraisal theory, emotions are judgments about the extent to which the current situation meets your goals. Alternatively, William James and others have argued that emotions are perceptions of changes in your body such as heart rate, breathing rate, perspiration, and hormone levels. Understanding…


Description of the 6 Schools of Thought in Psychology

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Like any other academic field, psychology, the study of the mind, has hundreds of schools of thought (or theories). These schools of thought offer different perspectives at which to study the subject and, in turn, can influence the way you perceive a given topic.

Since the early Egyptians to the ancient Greek philosophers, people have always been fascinated to understand human thought and behavior (WIP). Stemming from biology and philosophy, psychology officially grew into its own science when Wilhelm Wundt opened the first psychological laboratory in Leipzig, Germany in 1879. …


Such a great piece my brother! I loved the visuals you provided in order to give us a strong sense of the environment, people, and your story's message. Although you did not use the word, you did an excellent job at touching upon the roots of capitalism and how it is heavily connected to marketing. Thank you for sharing this experience and for reminding us about how we perceive the things we claim to value!


Breaking down the five tier pyramid and offering guidance amidst the pandemic

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a psychological theory on human motivation suggesting that “people are driven to engage in behaviors by a hierarchy of increasingly complex needs” (Explore Psychology). The theory was proposed by humanist psychologist, Abraham Maslow, in 1943 in a paper called, “A Theory of Human Motivation”. From there, Maslow continued to refine and expand on his theory by observing exemplary figures, such as, Frederick Douglass and Eleanor Roosevelt; the updated theory was published in his 1954 book, “Motivation and Personality” (Explore Psychology).

Maslow identified the…


This message is for YOU

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I just wanted to write a small post to remind you how special you are. Although, we may or may not know each other in person. I don’t need to meet you to know that each and every one of us has something special and precious to offer.

In a world filled with competition, hierarchies, and comparison, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate you. You are a living being filled with internal and external beauty, flaws, memories, emotions, sanity and insanity, logic, passion, and intuition. …


Everyday things we can do to help positively impact the environment

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Positively impacting the environment and reducing climate change requires daily effort and conscientious lifestyle changes. Here are 12 lifestyle tips that you can incorporate into your daily lives to be more eco-friendly:

  1. Reusable straws: This is an easy but highly effective way to start living a plastic-free life. Whether you are making drinks at home or ordering things to-go, try to always carry a reusable straw with you. Reusable straws are easy to clean and carry, and can be purchased at an economical price. …

Valentina Solci

Multilingual traveler, yogi, freelance journalist, life lover. Psych & econ student. Let’s keep in touch: https://www.valentinasolci.com/ | IG: valentinasolci

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