Every other year children in Utah schools are given a survey that asks: During the past 12 months, did you ever feel so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that you stopped doing some usual activities? In 2011, 13% of youth responded yes, but when the survey... Read More
Mindfulness is defined in the psychology world as: “a technique in which one focuses one's full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them.” (Dictionary.com) The benefits of mindfulness include greater peace and contentment, lower levels of negative stress, and greater enjoyment of activities.
Studies have shown that children who are exposed to reading books at home have stronger activation in the parts of their brain associated with language processing, comprehension, and imagination. These children also enter school with better language and literacy skills and tend to have stronger parent-child bonds when compared to children who are not read to on a routine basis.
The morning sun streamed diagonal beams through the trees as I sat reading medical literature. Periodically I glanced up from my reading at the beautiful mountains. By some unknown signal, mosquitos filled the rays of the sun and I felt certain I was about to become lunch. I watched for their advance but instead saw... Read More