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May 2023

'Heaven's receptionist' is on TikTok and she's helping people cope with loss in a beautiful way (

@taryntino21/ TikTok What started off as pure comedy became something else altogether. To read more of Heather Wake's article, please click here. Taryn Delanie Smith might have won the title of Miss New York in 2022, but these days she is repping her hometown in a whole new way. Over on TikTok , Smith plays Denise, a gum-chewing, white bathrobe-wearing receptionist ushering folks to the pearly gates—all with a quintessential New York accent and nonchalance. As you can probably imagine, most...

Psychologist Enrique Echeburúa: ‘People who die by suicide want to stop suffering, not to stop living’ (

Enrique Echeburúa at his office, in San Sebastián, Spain. © Javier Hernandez Juantegui (EL PAÍS) To read more of Daniel Mediavilla's article, please click here. Enrique Echeburúa (San Sebastian, Spain, 72 years old), Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), says that when a suicide occurs, there are other victims beyond the deceased, and they do not receive adequate support. “The first thing [we need to do] is make it easier for the family...

Want to create a stronger bond with your kids? First relinquish control (

Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStop To read more of Andee Tagle's article, please click here. It may sound counterintuitive, but if you want to take charge as a parent, stop trying to control your child, says psychologist and author Shefali Tsabary . Her book, The Parenting Map , outlines how to create conscious parent-child relationships by focusing on the reactions you have to your child's behavior rather than the behavior itself. "We keep expecting the child to change and keep trying to...

4 Ways Outdoor Play Helps Develop Resilience In Children

Outdoor play is key to the health and well-being of children. Getting muddy and staying out till sunset is great for children’s development and can help them refine their motor coordination skills. Kids who play outdoors have improved cognitive skills, too. A recent systematic review found that children who have regular access to green spaces show improved “mental well-being, overall health, and cognitive development.” Children who play outside also had better self-discipline and showed...

Life-saving or stigmatizing? Parents wrestle with obesity treatment options for kids (

Image: Janice Chang for NPR To read more of Yuki Noguchi's article, please click here. Two mothers — Jen McLellan in Albuquerque, N.M., and Grace, of Bethesda, Md. — haven't met, but they share a common childhood trauma: Both came of age in the 1980s and '90s feeling burdened by shame and stigma over their body size. Both tried every known diet plan and pill available at the time, only to have doctor after doctor admonish them to restrict calories and exercise still more. Since then,...

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