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Optimism Tip of the Week #4: Take Practical Steps

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 9.20.23 While optimism is largely about outlook and how we think about things, it can also be improved by doing things. Consider engaging in one activity every day that you intentionally do to help improve your positivity. This may mean watching a little comedy, interacting with

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Optimism Tip of the Week #3: Optimistic Thinking

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 9.8.23 Sometimes it can be easy to focus on the more negative aspects of a situation. While this type of perspective can be used constructively to help people with solving potential problems, it can also lead to overall negative outlooks. This can have an unhealthy impact

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Optimism Tip of the Week #2: Mindful Optimism

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD. 9.1.23 Mindfulness has long been a source for reducing stress and finding peace. Mindfulness can also be a wonderful way to increase optimism. Try a mindfulness exercise that includes picturing the best possible outcome to a current situation or event in your life. Use this positivity

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Optimism Tip of the Week #1: Surround Yourself

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD August 22, 2023 To help improve optimism, start by taking a look at what surrounds you. Do you watch or read a lot of negative news? Do you spend time with people who are negative? You don’t have to stop looking at the news or spending

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Optimism 101. Yes, it really does make a difference.

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 7.25.23 ‘Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement…no pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit’. ~ Helen Keller Looking at things through a more positive lens can be beneficial

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Screen Time Tip of the Week #8: Role Modeling

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD One last tip for parents when it comes to managing screen time: Be a good role model. If your kids see you on your devices all the time, you are teaching them that this is acceptable and valued behavior. As you encourage and set up structure

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Screen Time Tip of the Week #7 – Family Time

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 6.1.23 One of the side effects of the predominance of screens in our lives is that the time spent on screens intrudes on quality time with family. Phones are always present in many homes – across activities and situations. To make sure your family is not

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Screen Time Tip of the Week #6 – Internet Safety

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 5.17.23 The internet is an incredibly useful but also potentially dangerous place to spend time. To help protect yourself, only go to reputable sites and sources, and never give away your personal information without making sure the site is legitimate. For kids and teens, monitor the

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Screen Time: Tip of the Week # 5- Gaming

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 5.5.23 Both adults and children are known to spend too much time gaming. Adults, if you are not into console-based games, consider other device games that can be addicting. If you start playing any game on your phone, look at the time you start and the

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