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3 ways to make new friends

Kaarin Anderson Ryan 5.21.24 It can be difficult to meet new friends in our busy world. To try to build more friendships, you need to start by creating opportunities and taking some initiative. Here are 3 ideas for meeting new people and forming friendships:

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Who wants a friend?

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 5.1.24 How many friends do you have? Acquaintances? Social media contacts? There are a lot of ways to think about friends and friendship, and the landscape is changing all the time. All forms of friendship and social contact hold some meaning for us, whether it is

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Tip of the Week: Sharing your gifts

While some people may feel compelled to make a difference for people with unique needs in our communities, not everyone has time to give to become involved with various organizations and initiatives. If you are one of these people, consider adding a group who supports people with different needs to

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Tip of the week: Sharing time and talents.

Do you want to do something to help give people with different needs an opportunity to be more socially included in your community? Look into volunteer opportunities at Best Buddies, Autism Society of America, or Down Sydrome Foundation (October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!). Or do a search for local

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Tip of the week: Time for focus

Kaarin Anderson Ryan PhD 9.27.21 Our last two weekly tips gave some ideas for how to intentionally and meaningfully take time for yourself an others. This week, try to shift gears and think about how to make the best use of your time for focus and productivity. Once you set

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Tip of the week: Time for others

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 9.20.21 Having positive interactions with others is so important, but it can be tricky to fit in time with people we enjoy. Spending time with others doesn’t have to be a big event though – try setting up time with a friend for a FaceTime call,

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Tip of the Week: Time for you

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 9.13.21 When we think about time, often one of our thoughts is that there is never enough time in a day to do everything you want to do. One way to give yourself a gift of extra time is to wake up 15-20 minutes earlier than

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Time for …

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD. 8.30.21 It is a time of transition for so many of us. It’s the end of summer and for many people this signals a start to a new school year. For a lot of people, it is a time of lifted restrictions and resuming more normal

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Tip of the Week: Finding Beauty in Yourself

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD It is so easy to find things to criticize about ourselves. Try to focus on one thing every day that will boost your confidence. It can be something you do, something someone else says to you, or something about the way you look. This is a

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Tip of the Week: Finding Beauty in Others

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD New! Look for my tip of the week every Monday for tips and tricks that build on my latest blog. Finding Beauty in Others It can be hard to find beauty in others when you’re having a bad day. Try to focus your attention on someone’s

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Bright and Beautiful

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA, LBA 7.28.21 They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am sure that this is true. After all, there are things that are beautiful to some people but not to others. We all have basic preferences for color, shapes and design.

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