What should I do if I think my grandchild is suicidal?

QUESTION How should we handle concerns we have that our teenage grandson may be suicidal? Many teens are moody — we understand that — but he seems to have more “downs” than “ups,” and we think he could be seriously depressed. While spending the weekend at our house, he actually told us that his lifeContinue reading “What should I do if I think my grandchild is suicidal?”

Don’t Give Away Your Power

Karen and Steve stood in the hallway, complaining about their manager’s latest top-down decision. “He’s unfair.” “Micromanaging.” “Never listens to us.” Gina met me for lunch, complaining about her relationship—the same things she’s been complaining about for years: “He never does anything around the house.” “Never listens.” “Doesn’t care about me.” Then it hit me.Continue reading “Don’t Give Away Your Power”

Why Words Can Hurt at Least as Much as Sticks and Stones

Just as the digital age has ushered in new ways of enhancing human connection, it’s also opened up the scope and range of social rejection. Unfriend—as in, un-Facebook friend—was the word of the year in 2009, joining its older cohort “cyberbully,” amid the advent of the text breakup or the Facebook status change as waysContinue reading “Why Words Can Hurt at Least as Much as Sticks and Stones”

Which Gets More TLC: Your Car or Your Body?

When it comes to your daily to-do list, don’t let your ride take priority over your health. The mass production of the Ford Model T sparked a new love affair – one between people and their cars. We carve out time to wash them, cringe at the sight of a dent or scratch, and evenContinue reading “Which Gets More TLC: Your Car or Your Body?”

4 Things You Can Do This Week to Be a Happier Person

There’s more to leading a healthy lifestyle than following an eating and exercise plan. Finding happiness in your everyday life can also make a positive impact on your overall health. According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, happiness has a positive effect in lowering cortisol levels, the stress hormoneContinue reading “4 Things You Can Do This Week to Be a Happier Person”