Good Vibes Only: Feel-Good News Stories to Brighten Your Day (Pt. 3)

As the holiday season approaches, and the days get shorter, we all could use a bit of good news to make our days feel a little more optimistic and stress-free.

So, we’ve compiled yet another list of somewhat recent news stories that might just help brighten your day!

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DIY Spooky Season Decorations

It’s Spooky Season! What a fun time of year to get together with family and friends and get crafty with some fun, easy, inexpensive, and clever DIY Halloween decorations you can make yourselves and reuse year after year. Not only will you have yearly Halloween decorations ready to go, but you’ll also have cherished memories to look back on!

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Accumulating Positive Emotions in the Short-Term

We (and many others) have said it before and we’ll say it again: prioritizing your mental health is important. But sometimes, it can be hard to move this virtue into action. With work and school, appointments and practices, it just seems like there’s not enough time in the day to really tune into our mental state, and examine how we’re feeling.

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Back to School: Activities for a GREAT Year! (Activity #3)

Our final back-to-school activity is one that you and your family can practice every day. Positive affirmations.

Positive affirmations are short, declarative sentences with a decidedly optimistic tone. Affirmations are stated in the present tense. That’s the case even if you don’t believe what you are saying or if you think it sounds silly. Studies have found that regularly using positive affirmations rewires the brain to fundamentally change the structure of the pathways in your mind, and change the way you think for the better. And it all happens within a matter of weeks.

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Back to School: Activities for a GREAT Year! (Activity #2)

In our last blog post, we challenged you and your family to create a vision board for the new school year. A vision board can serve as a way for you to identify your long-term goals, and inspire you to achieve them. Now that you’ve taken the time to acknowledge those big dreams, we want to challenge you to take some time to set daily, weekly, or monthly goals!

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Back to School: Activities for a GREAT Year! (Activity #1)

Getting back into the swing of things for a new school year can be a jarring transition after a sun-soaked summer. Each school year comes with more challenges AND more opportunities, so the beginning of a new school year is the perfect time for students to check in with themselves to see what they are excited about for the upcoming year! 

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DIY: Create Your Own Superhero Alter Ego

You may know by now that there’s real power behind striking a superhero pose. So while you and your family are showing off your power poses left and right this summer, why not create a superhero alter ego to match? We’ll help you get started.
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5 Disability-Focused Podcasts You Should Listen To

Listening to podcasts can be a great way to explore new hobbies, content areas, and expand your knowledge on a plethora of topics. With so many podcasts out there, it can feel overwhelming trying to find the right one for YOU. To help you along your podcast journey, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great disability-focused podcasts that you can add to your playlists.

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Good Vibes Only: Feel-Good News Stories to Brighten Your Day Pt. 2

Do you sometimes feel like you’re being bombarded with bad news? With 24/7 access to social media and the strifes and struggles of not only our local communities, but the world at large, it can feel like the bad in the world is overwhelming, sometimes unbearable.

Well the GOOD news is that there is still good news out there! We’ve taken the time to collect some recent feel-good news stories to share with you – and hopefully brighten your day!

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Self-Care + Our Staff

It’s important to remind ourselves in stressful situations that our mental and physical health is important, and that stress can be harmful to us. Taking care of oneself and de-stressing not only feels good, but it’s vitally important to our long-term health. To get some good ideas on how to practice self-care in the face of difficult situations, we reached out to some JMF staff members to get their favorite self-care methods!

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