How To Manage Social Anxiety

How To Manage Social Anxiety

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Student Series: The Power of Writing

Student Series: The Power of Writing

A senior at The University of Maryland explores how her dad’s early advice to “write a letter” to her grandfather after his passing set her on a path of self-discovery and growth.

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The Impact of Overturning Roe V Wade on Our Mental Health

The Impact of Overturning Roe V Wade on Our Mental Health

What is happening, what we can expect, and how we can prepare and protect our mental health in the process.

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Friends Who Drift

Friends Who Drift

Friends grow apart, but boy does it suck. Here’s how to cope with letting go of those friends who dodge, drift, and disappear.

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The Dangers of Toxic Positivity

The Dangers of Toxic Positivity

Why the phrase “everything happens for a reason” should be put to rest for good.

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How To Fight Climate Anxiety

How To Fight Climate Anxiety

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The Essay: Lexi Hidalgo on Writing Self-Love Letters

The Essay: Lexi Hidalgo on Writing Self-Love Letters

In our new series The Essay, we hear from content creator and podcast host Lexi Hidalgo about how the endless comparison game of social media led her to start writing love letters to herself.

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The Sleep Crisis: Why We Can’t Get Any Sleep + What To Do About It

The Sleep Crisis: Why We Can’t Get Any Sleep + What To Do About It

America is facing a sleep crisis, and it's impacting our mental health. Why is it happening and how can we cope?

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The Oral History of Madhappy

The Oral History of Madhappy

In 5 years, Madhappy has sold hundreds of thousands of sweatshirts, held 14 pop-ups in some of the hardest markets in the world, and made mental health central to its mission long before it was cool to do so. This is how it happened.

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How to Recognize and Deal with Burnout

How to Recognize and Deal with Burnout

Burnout tends to result from unrelenting work or school stress and can manifest in exhaustion and ambivalence towards our work. If you're looking for ways to identify and tackle burnout, we've outlined some tips to help you get started.

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The Check-In Episode 5: Raven B.

The Check-In Episode 5: Raven B.

In our fifth episode, we speak to photographer Raven B. Varona about how she’s built self-confidence and has learned to deal with disappointment.

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Are You in a Codependent Relationship?

Are You in a Codependent Relationship?

Expert tips for identifying and overcoming codependency.

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I Had An Eating Disorder That Often Goes Unnoticed

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Student Series: Why I Left People Pleasing Behind

Student Series: Why I Left People Pleasing Behind

One college sophomore reflects on her experience as a people pleaser, how it was damaging to her life, and why letting go of perfection enabled her to embrace her authentic self.

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How To Feel In Control of Your Life

How To Feel In Control of Your Life

Feeling out of control of your life can be overwhelming and frustrating. But by prioritizing your personal evolution and making conscious decisions that work best for you, you can land in a more grounded place.

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The Evolution of Mental Health in the NBA

The Evolution of Mental Health in the NBA

Playing pro and being human — the steps the league has taken in recognizing the importance of mental health.

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Hermones: The Story Behind Madhappy’s IWD Collection

Hermones: The Story Behind Madhappy’s IWD Collection

80% of women suffer from hormonal imbalance, beginning around age 10 and lasting through menopause, an experience that directly impacts our mental health.

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The Check-In Episode 4: Luke Davis

The Check-In Episode 4: Luke Davis

In our fourth episode, we speak to surfer Luke Davis about his experience battling depression, how he’s built self-confidence, and how surfing helps him de-stress.

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Practicing Self Love Using Your Love Language

Practicing Self Love Using Your Love Language

Learning your own love language can be more than just a tool to help you master romantic relationships; it can also help you unlock your most optimal form of self-love.

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Word of the Month: Empowered

Word of the Month: Empowered

In March, we’ll be talking about all things empowerment. To kick things off, our team got together to chat about their experiences with self-empowerment and the areas of their life where they’d like to work on feeling more empowered.

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How to Avoid Dating Fatigue

How to Avoid Dating Fatigue

Dating can be overwhelming, especially in a post-pandemic world, but there are steps you can take to keep it exciting rather than daunting. Madhappy team member Stephanie White shares her go-to tips.

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How to Get Help for an Eating Disorder

How to Get Help for an Eating Disorder

With early intervention and access to care, recovery from eating disorders is possible.

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How To Cope With a Breakup

How To Cope With a Breakup

It’s easy to fall into negative habits after a breakup. By shifting the focus to what we can control, we can begin to move on in a healthy way.

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Black Mental Health Matters… Right?

Black Mental Health Matters… Right?

The pandemic and racial tensions of the past few years have left the Black community in a mental health crisis that is being ignored, writes Ariel Baise.

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Finding Hope in Antidepressants

Finding Hope in Antidepressants

One college sophomore reflects on her journey with persistent depressive disorder and how going on antidepressants provided her with a much-needed sense of hope about the future.

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A Month About Love

A Month About Love

In February, we’ll be talking about all things love. To kick things off, our team got together to chat about what love means to them, how they cultivate self-love, and how they approach the often-dreaded Valentine’s Day.

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Learning About Love from My Parents' Separation

Learning About Love from My Parents' Separation

One college sophomore reflects on navigating her parents’ separation and the lessons she learned about love from watching their relationship come apart.

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7 Journal Prompts for Personal Growth

7 Journal Prompts for Personal Growth

Personal growth is a never-ending and sometimes challenging process. Getting your thoughts out on paper is a great way to help you understand where you have room to grow.

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The Check-In Episode 3: Alyssa Coscarelli

The Check-In Episode 3: Alyssa Coscarelli

In our third episode, we speak to fashion entrepreneur and influencer Alyssa Coscarelli about her experience with anxiety and dermatillomania, how she’s built self-confidence, and what keeps her motivated.

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Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions

Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions

When you go into a change thinking that it alone will make you feel better about yourself, you set yourself up for failure.

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Word of the Month: Growth

Word of the Month: Growth

We’re kicking off 2022 not by focusing on surface-level accomplishments but on growth.

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How to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Exercise

How to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Exercise

It’s important to find ways to relate to exercise that are focused on joy and self-care rather than calorie deficits or appearance-focused goals.

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Find Your Flow And Boost Your Creativity

Find Your Flow And Boost Your Creativity

Five tips from a therapist to help you get into a flow state and boost your creativity.

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What to Do When You Don’t Have Holiday Plans

What to Do When You Don’t Have Holiday Plans

Tools for enjoying a plan-less holiday to help you see an empty calendar as something to celebrate rather than mourn.

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The Check-In Episode 2: Chelsea Cutler

The Check-In Episode 2: Chelsea Cutler

In our second episode, we speak to singer Chelsea Cutler about navigating depression and how she’s developed a healthy sense of self-worth.

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Word of The Month: Rest

Word of The Month: Rest

Rest is one of the most important tools we have for taking care of our mental health, but it’s not always easy to prioritize.

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Student Series: Learning to Love Thanksgiving

Student Series: Learning to Love Thanksgiving

How recovering from an eating disorder helped one high school senior see Thanksgiving in a new light.

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Surviving Suicide Loss

Surviving Suicide Loss

One writer’s journey through the complicated grief that’s come from losing both of her parents to suicide.

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Ask a Therapist: Dr. Emily Anhalt

Ask a Therapist: Dr. Emily Anhalt

The clinical psychologist joined us on The Local Optimist Hotline to answer all your questions about therapy.

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5 Fresh Ways to Practice Gratitude

5 Fresh Ways to Practice Gratitude

We’ve put together a list of different ways you can practice gratitude to help you find a routine that works for you.

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How Cold Weather Impacts Our Mood

How Cold Weather Impacts Our Mood

Hibernating during the winter sounds cozy, but being indoors all the time can be detrimental to our mental health.

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The Healthy Amount of Stress (+ How to Get There)

The Healthy Amount of Stress (+ How to Get There)

Although we would rather avoid feeling stressed, there are certain types of stress that we can use to our advantage.

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The Check-In Episode 1: Tai Verdes

The Check-In Episode 1: Tai Verdes

For our first episode, we spoke to singer-songwriter Tai Verdes about how he deals with insecurity, what he’s had to give up in order to grow, and what lights up his day.

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Word of the Month: Balance

Word of the Month: Balance

In November, we’ll be talking about balance: what it looks like for different people and how to achieve it in your own life.

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Eating Disorder Recovery in a Disordered World

Eating Disorder Recovery in a Disordered World

The rise of social media and a convoluted version of wellness pose new challenges for people in recovery from an eating disorder.

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The Evolution of Therapy

The Evolution of Therapy

Therapy as we know it is changing: no longer relegated to Sopranos-style sessions, we can now text, video chat, and even use virtual reality to consult with our therapists.

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Student Series: The Pressure of Sunshine

Student Series: The Pressure of Sunshine

A senior at Florida State University reflects on the pressure to live up to other people’s perception of her.

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An Inside Look at The Madhappy Journal

An Inside Look at The Madhappy Journal

Our journal is meant to be a space for you to get to know yourself and your emotions better.

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A Look at Mental Health Around the World

A Look at Mental Health Around the World

Mental health looks different across the globe in how it’s recognized, supported, and prioritized.

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Is Ketamine the Future of Mental Health Treatment?

Is Ketamine the Future of Mental Health Treatment?

Why a new company called Wonder Sciences is working to get ketamine into the hands of people struggling with anxiety and depression.

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Word of the Month: Curiosity

Word of the Month: Curiosity

In October, we’ll be exploring the positive impact that curiosity can have on our well-being and turning our curiosity towards the future of mental healthcare.

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8 Journal Prompts to Help Strengthen Your Friendships

8 Journal Prompts to Help Strengthen Your Friendships

The more we understand how we feel in our friendships, the better we will be at strengthening them.

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Body Talk: The Harm of Eating Disorder Recovery Content

Body Talk: The Harm of Eating Disorder Recovery Content

Is eating disorder recovery content a helpful display of vulnerability or a misguided exercise that does more harm than good?

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Getting Sober in College

Getting Sober in College

A post-grad student reflects on the loneliness, shame, and culture of binge drinking that led to her alcohol abuse and eventual decision to get sober in college.

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Suicide Prevention Week Stories

Suicide Prevention Week Stories

Every day this week, we shared a story of someone touched by suicide in some capacity. We hope their stories serve to remind you that you’re never alone.

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Word of the Month: Friendship

Word of the Month: Friendship

In September, we’ll be focusing on one of the greatest joys in life: friendship.

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Student Series Round-Up: Finding Community in College

Student Series Round-Up: Finding Community in College

4 current and former college students reflect on the connection, community, and purpose that comes from being in school.

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Student Series: It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

Student Series: It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

How one senior in college learned that changing your mind and perspective in life can boost your personal growth.

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6 Journal Prompts to Help you Adapt to Change

6 Journal Prompts to Help you Adapt to Change

The more we understand our feelings surrounding change, the better we’ll be at embracing it rather than resisting it.

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Learning to Deal with Expectations vs. Reality

Learning to Deal with Expectations vs. Reality

The pressure to achieve certain goals by a certain age can set us up for disappointment when our lives don’t follow a cookie-cutter plan. In this essay, one writer explores how she learned to make peace with her present.

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Navigating Changes in Your Mental Healthcare

Navigating Changes in Your Mental Healthcare

To help you get through periods of flux with a little more ease, we outlined tips for navigating changes in your coping strategies, support, medication, and therapy.

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Word of the Month: Change

Word of the Month: Change

In August, we’ll be focusing on one of life’s most common experiences: change.

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Taking Up Space For Myself After an Eating Disorder

Taking Up Space For Myself After an Eating Disorder

College junior reflects on what she’s learned after recovering from an eating disorder brought on by the dangerous standards of the ballet world.

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Who Gets to Be an Olympian?

Who Gets to Be an Olympian?

For Black athletes, the spirit of unity the Games were founded on has never really existed.

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What Gets Lost in the Monetization of Self-Care

What Gets Lost in the Monetization of Self-Care

Commercialized self-care practices have brought greater awareness to mental health but can they also be a scapegoat for not doing the hard work necessary for our wellbeing?

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The Power of Choosing Joy

The Power of Choosing Joy

Podcaster and creative activist Dom Roberts on how learning to choose joy has changed her outlook in tough moments.

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TLO Recommends: Moments That Feel Like Summer

TLO Recommends: Moments That Feel Like Summer

Our team on the summer moments that bring us the most joy each year.

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Forget Achieving Happiness: Cultivate Moments of Joy

Forget Achieving Happiness: Cultivate Moments of Joy

In place of the flashier life events that happiness is often tied to, joy stems from the small wins, the brief moments, and the minor details.

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Katie Sturino On Making Exercise More Inclusive

Katie Sturino On Making Exercise More Inclusive

The fashion blogger and founder on the mission behind Babe Body, her inclusive workout series, and how she’s developed a healthier relationship to exercise.

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Word of the Month: Joy

Word of the Month: Joy

In July, we’ll be sharing stories exploring the feeling of joy and tips on how to cultivate it.

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Student Series: Letting Go of Labels

Student Series: Letting Go of Labels

A student from New Zealand reflects on coming to terms with her bisexual identity in college.

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Navigating Identity with Chella Man

Navigating Identity with Chella Man

How embracing the nuances of identity can foster a stronger sense of self.

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How to Foster Self-Awareness

How to Foster Self-Awareness

Taking the time for intentional reflection on how you’re feeling or behaving can have a huge impact on your overall well-being.

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Learning to Set Boundaries

Learning to Set Boundaries

Madhappy team member Stephanie White on the importance of setting her own boundaries after years of putting other people first.

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3 Tips From a Therapist on Building Self-Confidence

3 Tips From a Therapist on Building Self-Confidence

Because learning to love and accept yourself, flaws and all, is key to living a full life.

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The Singer Exploring His Emotional States Through Song

The Singer Exploring His Emotional States Through Song

Clide, a singer/songwriter from Berlin, is exploring six of his different emotional states on a new EP called “feelings.”

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An Inside Look at Madhappy’s First Shoe

An Inside Look at Madhappy’s First Shoe

Introducing “Madhappy for Vault by Vans.”

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How Contact is Giving Power Back to Models

How Contact is Giving Power Back to Models

To counteract the industry’s exploitative practices, one company is putting the power in the hands of a diverse group of models by allowing them to vet the brands they work with and ensure fair pay.

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Identification of Self as a Queer Boy

Identification of Self as a Queer Boy

Madhappy team member Sam Culp opens up about how growing up queer in rural Ohio and enmeshed in the Baptist Church shaped the way he self-identified throughout his adolescence.

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TLO Recommends: Our Go-to Self-Help Books

TLO Recommends: Our Go-to Self-Help Books

The books our team turns to when we’re looking for motivation and guidance.

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Making Mental Health a Priority During Pride Month

Making Mental Health a Priority During Pride Month

Although many LGBTQ+ individuals struggle with mental illness each year, accessible and culturally affirming care is still lacking.

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Self

Self

In June, we’ll be sharing stories, interviews, and strategies geared toward fostering a better sense of self.

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7 Ways We Celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month

7 Ways We Celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month

A roundup of what we launched, dropped, and hosted this year for Mental Health Awareness month.

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Looking in the Mirror

Looking in the Mirror

How a case of body dysmorphia after surgery led podcaster Weslie Christensen to reflect on and prioritize her mental health.

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An Expert’s Advice on Tackling the Mental Health Crisis

An Expert’s Advice on Tackling the Mental Health Crisis

The founder and CEO of Project Healthy Minds on the importance of utilizing technology and pop culture to tackle the mental health crisis.

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How to Combat Intrusive Thoughts

How to Combat Intrusive Thoughts

Tips from a psychotherapist on navigating uncomfortable and unwanted thought patterns.

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Channeling Creativity to Stay Grounded

Channeling Creativity to Stay Grounded

How diving headfirst and unknowingly into the creative world led Jess Girillo to take their mental health more seriously.

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MHAM Toolkit: What to Say & What Not to Say

MHAM Toolkit: What to Say & What Not to Say

As we continue to open up the conversation surrounding mental health more and more, we learn the power our words hold. Here are some tips on how to speak about mental health with a friend.

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Student Series: That Girl, She Is Going To Move Mountains

Student Series: That Girl, She Is Going To Move Mountains

College sophomore and student-athlete reflects on moments spent in her vacation cabin in Idaho, the lessons she has learned there, and how they shaped who she is today.

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Still Falling

Still Falling

Mason Spector, co-founder of Madhappy, shares his mental health story and what he has learned along the way.

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Helping All Humans Affected By All Eating Disorders

Helping All Humans Affected By All Eating Disorders

We spoke with the founder of The Alliance, a nonprofit organization specializing in eating disorders, about her personal experience with an eating disorder and more about her organization.

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"A Conversation on Mental Health" Panel Recap

"A Conversation on Mental Health" Panel Recap

Check out the recording of Madhappy’s “A Conversation on Mental Health” panel and some highlights from the discussion.

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My Great Awakening

My Great Awakening

After a life-threatening health scare, TLO team member Hallie Sheinbaum came to realize how important prioritizing her physical and mental health are.

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Meet The Panelists

Meet The Panelists

Check out the details for Madhappy’s “A Conversation on Mental Health” panel, and meet the panelists.

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The Madhappy Journal

The Madhappy Journal

Introducing The Madhappy Journal, its purpose, and what's inside.

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May: Mental Health Awareness Month

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

In May, we will be sharing stories, interviews, and strategies that explore mental health from many different perspectives.

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Madhappy Outdoors Field Guide

Madhappy Outdoors Field Guide

Welcome to The Madhappy Field Guide. Your introduction to getting outside, mindfully.

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10 Journal Prompts To Explore Your Mind

10 Journal Prompts To Explore Your Mind

Here are 10 journal prompts to help you gain a better understanding of yourself.

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Hotline Roundup: Alyssa Petersel (LMSW) Edition

Hotline Roundup: Alyssa Petersel (LMSW) Edition

See what Alyssa Petersel, therapist and founder of the therapy matching service MyWellbeing, had to say during her takeover of The Local Optimist Hotline.

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Student Series: Studying Abroad During a Pandemic

Student Series: Studying Abroad During a Pandemic

A college junior shares her experience so far while studying abroad in Florence, Italy during a pandemic.

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Walking In The Woods With Dr. Qing Li

Walking In The Woods With Dr. Qing Li

The author of “Forest Bathing” shares why we should all be spending more time among the trees.

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How Exploring Keeps Callie Stark Grounded

How Exploring Keeps Callie Stark Grounded

For her latest Inner Piece interview, Sadie Newman connects with LA native Callie Stark about how exploring and traveling impact her life.

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The April Edition Of The Local Optimist Movie Club

The April Edition Of The Local Optimist Movie Club

This month’s movie is "Free Solo." Watch it on your own and then join our staff and community for a discussion.

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Finding Your Therapy Match With Alyssa Petersel

Finding Your Therapy Match With Alyssa Petersel

We spoke with the founder and CEO of the therapy matching service MyWellbeing before her takeover of The Local Optimist Hotline on April 14.

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TLO Recommends: Travel Destinations

TLO Recommends: Travel Destinations

These are some of the TLO team's picks for favorite travel destinations to go back to or visit for the first time.

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Word of the Month: Explore

Word of the Month: Explore

In April, we will be sharing stories, interviews, and strategies geared towards helping you explore all areas of your life.

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What The Dodgers Mean To Me

What The Dodgers Mean To Me

To celebrate Madhappy for the Los Angeles Dodgers, we asked some of the team’s most passionate fans to share their memories and messages.

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Why Multitasking Is a Myth

Why Multitasking Is a Myth

The key to being more productive is not about how many things you can juggle at once.

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Hotline Roundup: Jesse Israel Edition

Hotline Roundup: Jesse Israel Edition

See what The Big Quiet founder had to say during his takeover of The Local Optimist Hotline.

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Student Series: Finding Focus In Zoom School

Student Series: Finding Focus In Zoom School

A college senior recalls her steep learning curve adjusting to remote classes and shares her tips for success.

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MadhappyⓇ / Los Angeles LakersⓇ Ring: By The Numbers

MadhappyⓇ / Los Angeles LakersⓇ Ring: By The Numbers

To celebrate its partnership with the NBA champions, Madhappy designed a one-of-a-kind replica of the Lakers’ title ring.

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For Alisha Ramos, Doing Nothing Is Doing A Lot

For Alisha Ramos, Doing Nothing Is Doing A Lot

The founder and CEO of Girls Night In and Whiled is helping people slow down and reclaim their downtime.

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Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

Our monthly series features answers to frequently asked questions from our mental health Hotline so that others can benefit.

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Looking Inward With The Big Quiet’s Jesse Israel

Looking Inward With The Big Quiet’s Jesse Israel

We spoke with the meditation leader before his takeover of The Local Optimist Hotline on March 24.

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How To Sleep Better—Tonight!

How To Sleep Better—Tonight!

Sleep expert and MyWellbeing psychotherapist Ric Mathews breaks down the science of sleep.

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How Photographer Lauren Loncar Finds Focus

How Photographer Lauren Loncar Finds Focus

For her latest Inner Piece interview, Sadie Newman connects with the fashion and beauty photographer about focus in her work and personal life.

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4 Tech Hacks That Can Improve Your Focus

4 Tech Hacks That Can Improve Your Focus

For all the great things that technology and devices do, they can also be a great source of distraction. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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The March Edition Of The Local Optimist Movie Club

The March Edition Of The Local Optimist Movie Club

This month’s movie is Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. Watch it on your own and then join our staff and community for a discussion.

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Student Series: The Winding Road To Choosing A Major

Student Series: The Winding Road To Choosing A Major

The pressure to pick a major led one student to a major change, which resulted in an unconventional solution.

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Introspection and Inspiration In Clay With Carrie Lau

Introspection and Inspiration In Clay With Carrie Lau

After starting ceramics as a lark, the founder of Object-Matter found that working with clay helps her focus evolve.

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TLO Recommends: Songs To Focus To

TLO Recommends: Songs To Focus To

These are the tracks the TLO team turns to when they want to block out distractions.

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Word Of The Month: Focus

Word Of The Month: Focus

In March, we’ll be sharing stories, interviews, and strategies geared toward helping you block out distractions and concentrate on the task at hand.

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Rapper KeithCharles Has Found His Own Lane

Rapper KeithCharles Has Found His Own Lane

The rapper and producer has learned to be more accepting of himself, and now he’s making the best music of his life.

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Harnessing The Power Of Art

Harnessing The Power Of Art

Urban Beats is an organization that uses music and other forms of creative expression to destigmatize conversations around mental health.

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Find Your Flow And Boost Your Creativity

Find Your Flow And Boost Your Creativity

Professor and MyWellbeing flow coach Dr. Julia Colangelo shares five tips to help you get into a flow state.

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Behind The Design: Madhappy “Vintage Goods”

Behind The Design: Madhappy “Vintage Goods”

Get an inside look at how the Madhappy creative team developed the unique pieces.

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TikTok Star Stacy Thiru Is Making Boss Moves

TikTok Star Stacy Thiru Is Making Boss Moves

As part of the first Black TikTok creator house, Thiru is bringing joy through her comedy and empowering future generations.

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7 Easy Ways To Get Creative…Now!

7 Easy Ways To Get Creative…Now!

When you experience creative blocks, these tips can help you get through, over, and around them.

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Student Series: Why An HBCU Was Right For Me

Student Series: Why An HBCU Was Right For Me

Spaces that prioritize the welfare of Black women are rare. Aren Barnes found one at Spelman.

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Uncomfortable Conversations With Dom Roberts

Uncomfortable Conversations With Dom Roberts

The podcast host and visual artist talks about how her mental health impacts her creative work.

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The February Edition Of The Local Optimist Movie Club

The February Edition Of The Local Optimist Movie Club

This month’s movie is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Watch it on your own and then join our staff and community for a discussion.

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How Model Nathalie Darcas Finds her Creative Energy

How Model Nathalie Darcas Finds her Creative Energy

Learning to be present through the highs and lows helps Darcas get to a better place.

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Behind The Lens With Skate Photographer Atiba Jefferson

Behind The Lens With Skate Photographer Atiba Jefferson

Photographer Atiba Jefferson has shot the world’s top skateboarders, basketball players, and musicians with a unique eye and vision.

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TLO Recommends: Creativity Inspo

TLO Recommends: Creativity Inspo

Books, TV shows, and movies that get The Local Optimist team feeling creative.

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Word of the Month: Creativity

Word of the Month: Creativity

Being creative opens up your mind to more possibilities and more ways to express yourself.

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Finding Success On Her Own Schedule

Finding Success On Her Own Schedule

Despite not getting serious about real estate until her late 30s, Jade Mills has more than $6 billion in sales.

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Letting Go With Climbers Emily Harrington And Adrian Ballinger

Letting Go With Climbers Emily Harrington And Adrian Ballinger

Free-climbing El Capitan and summiting Mt. Everest are great ways to cultivate patience and calm.

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How To Build Better Habits, According To A Hypnotherapist

How To Build Better Habits, According To A Hypnotherapist

Matt Walczak, a MyWellbeing Integrative Hypnotherapist, shares three tips to help you form habits that actually stick.

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Zen And The Art of Bonsai Maintenance

Zen And The Art of Bonsai Maintenance

After studying in Japan, Matt Puntigam of Dandy Farmer brought his own interpretation of the ancient art of bonsai to New York City.

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What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Patience

What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Patience

World-renowned Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman shares his insights on the practice of patience.

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How To Be More Patient In Your Relationships

How To Be More Patient In Your Relationships

4 tips from a licensed therapist that can help you cultivate greater patience with those closest to you.

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Hotline Roundup: Our Question. Your Answers.

This month, we asked the question and wanted to share your answers about how you practice patience.

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How “Industry” Actor Branden Cook Learned Patience

How “Industry” Actor Branden Cook Learned Patience

For her latest Inner Piece story, Sadie Newman connects with actor Branden Cook about trusting the process.

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Introducing The Local Optimist Movie Club

Introducing The Local Optimist Movie Club

Our first movie is Pixar’s Soul. Watch it on your own and then join Local Optimist staff and others for a discussion.

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Student Series: Lessons Of A Transfer Student

Student Series: Lessons Of A Transfer Student

How patience helped one student navigate a long and winding path to the college of her dreams.

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5 Ways To Manage Your Time Better

5 Ways To Manage Your Time Better

Learn helpful strategies to help you make the most of the time you have so you can achieve your goals.

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Word of the Month: Patience

Word of the Month: Patience

January can be a month full of resolutions. The more patient we can be, the more likely we are to achieve those goals.

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What’s Your Family of Origin, and What Can You Do About It

What’s Your Family of Origin, and What Can You Do About It

The family that kids are raised in can have an enormous influence, both good and bad, on the types of adults they grow into.

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How to Survive Your Family During The Holidays

How to Survive Your Family During The Holidays

Disagreements with family members during the holidays can cause a lot of stress. These 5 strategies can help.

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8 Mental Health Books We Love (And Think You Will, Too)

8 Mental Health Books We Love (And Think You Will, Too)

A good book can help you develop greater empathy, find solace, and validate personal experiences.

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Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

Our monthly series answers frequently asked questions from our mental health Hotline so that everyone can benefit.

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Family Matters, With Greyboy Author Cole Brown

Family Matters, With Greyboy Author Cole Brown

Reconciling a privileged upbringing with his race helped shape the writer’s worldview.

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How Model Bree McCann Found Body Confidence

How Model Bree McCann Found Body Confidence

After years of struggling to figure out where she fit in, McCann now approaches her career and mental health from a more positive place.

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Finding Beauty In The Pain

Finding Beauty In The Pain

How one person learned to cope with her father’s suicide by learning to accept the value of acceptance.

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How To Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

How To Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Try these 5 tips to help keep the “winter blues” at bay

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Word Of The Month: Family

Word Of The Month: Family

While it means different things to different people, the concept of family plays a constant role in our lives.

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Stoked On Gratitude

Stoked On Gratitude

Using skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding, Stoked is a mentoring organization that builds bridges with boardsports.

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How To Stay Optimistic In Pessimistic Times

How To Stay Optimistic In Pessimistic Times

These 4 strategies can help you cultivate a positive response, even in challenging situations.

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The Art Of Grateful Cooking

The Art Of Grateful Cooking

Learn about the connection between cooking and mental health. Plus, discover how to make green shakshuka.

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A Fridge Grows in Brooklyn

A Fridge Grows in Brooklyn

A community fridge in New York's Greenpoint shows the power of neighbors stepping up to help each other.

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Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

Our monthly series answers frequently asked questions from our mental health Hotline so that everyone can benefit.

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Chef Chris Scott’s Nourishing Journey of Discovery

Chef Chris Scott’s Nourishing Journey of Discovery

For the renowned former Top Chef contestant, the ripple effects of sobriety stretched inside and outside the kitchen.

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3 Ways To Be Present To Foster Gratitude

3 Ways To Be Present To Foster Gratitude

Feeling gratitude isn’t always easy, but these three mindfulness practices can help.

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WORD OF THE MONTH: GRATITUDE

WORD OF THE MONTH: GRATITUDE

This month’s theme at The Local Optimist is Gratitude. So get to know what it means, how it’s good for us, and how you can practice it, even now.

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On The Same Team With The Other Side

On The Same Team With The Other Side

How a mixed Israeli and Palestinian basketball team is changing the world one person at a time.

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Student Series 05: Coping In Times of Danger

Student Series 05: Coping In Times of Danger

Our fifth installment of the Student Series: Perspectives on COVID-19.

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Understanding with AIM Youth Mental Health

Understanding with AIM Youth Mental Health

Understanding mental health comes through research and how research can lead to mental wellness. Which is exactly why we’re partnering with our friends at AIM Youth Mental Health to help fund urgently needed mental health research. 

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Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

Hotline Roundup: Your Questions. Answered.

We created this series to answer our most asked Hotline questions for our entire community. To see that other people are going through some of the same challenges you are, and to get real answers from a real person.

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Student Series 04: To Being

Student Series 04: To Being

Our fourth installment of the Student Series: Perspectives on COVID-19.

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World Mental Health Day with UNINTERRUPTED®

World Mental Health Day with UNINTERRUPTED®

NFL legend Marshawn Lynch sat down with psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais as part of the Madhappy® / UNINTERRUPTED® “More Than My Feelings” campaign to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

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Meditation Toolkit with Headspace®

Meditation Toolkit with Headspace®

We teamed up with the meditation and mindfulness app Headspace to guide you through the most popular mediation techniques. The only part that really matters is, which one works best for you?

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The Local Optimist Hotline

The Local Optimist Hotline

The Local Optimist Hotline is back and here to stay! Text “Hotline” to 310.299.9414 to tell us whatever’s on your mind. We can’t wait to talk to you!

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Understanding Anxiety

Understanding Anxiety

What's the difference between stress and anxiety? How about feeling anxious vs having an anxiety disorder? We're breaking down the basics to help us understand anxiety, so we can then tackle coping with it.

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Coping With Anxiety

Coping With Anxiety

Part 2 of our Anxiety Booklet covers four different research-backed coping strategies for helping alleviate our anxiety.

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My Story of Suicide Loss

My Story of Suicide Loss

Suicide is not your only option. There are always more ways to get help, take away the pain, and feel better - even when you can’t see them right now.

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September: A Month About Anxiety

September: A Month About Anxiety

At Madhappy, we like to call Anxiety the result of resisting our feelings... The more we learn about ourselves, and what type of anxiety we struggle with, the better we can be at both identifying it and overcoming it. 

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Taking Back My Time

Taking Back My Time

Our fourth installment of the Student Series: Perspectives on COVID-19.

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Student Series 03: Zoom In to Zoom Out

Student Series 03: Zoom In to Zoom Out

Our third installment of the Student Series: Perspectives on COVID-19.

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How Can Playing Help Us Heal?

How Can Playing Help Us Heal?

While play seems like the antithesis of work, fostering a sense of playfulness and bringing that to our work can be extremely helpful.

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Student Series 02: Staying In

Student Series 02: Staying In

Our second installment of the Student Series: Perspectives on COVID-19.

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So, What Can Play Look Like? How Do I Find My Play?

So, What Can Play Look Like? How Do I Find My Play?

There is no one-size-fits-all formula for play; it is highly individualized depending on what brings the most joy and happiness to one’s life.

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Discoveries Through PTSD

Discoveries Through PTSD

One son's story of learning about his father's personality, beyond his PTSD, through the legacy he left behind and the stories of people he touched along the way.

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Student Series 01: Preparing for Uncertainty

Student Series 01: Preparing for Uncertainty

Our first installment of the Student Series: Perspectives on COVID-19.

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So, What Is Play?

So, What Is Play?

Play can take us back to our childhood days: running around in your backyard with the neighborhood kids or playing pretend with Polly Pockets. But, what is it now?

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Find Pause In Play

Find Pause In Play

We can still find small and beautiful moments of stillness despite the chaos. We can pick up our puzzles and our paints and find what gives our inner child light.

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August: A Month Of Play

August: A Month Of Play

Play can look, feel, and manifest itself to different people in a myriad of ways, but it always follows one common theme: enjoyment for the sake of enjoyment.

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U IS FOR UNDERSTAND

U IS FOR UNDERSTAND

What must primarily be acknowledged is that sometimes we don’t understand. Every individual has a unique experience with mental health that manifests in several different ways.

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L IS FOR LISTEN

L IS FOR LISTEN

While expressing our feelings and emotions is important, making others feel seen, heard, and understood is the ultimate goal when talking about mental health.

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T IS FOR TALK

T IS FOR TALK

It can be difficult to express how depression or anxiety feels. It can be even more difficult to share those feelings with someone else.

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Log Off and Look In

Log Off and Look In

The dissonance between how we present ourselves on social media and how we really are can be quite damaging to mental health. How can we restore a healthier relationship with our online selves?

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C IS FOR COMMUNICATE

C IS FOR COMMUNICATE

Part 1 of our Communication Toolkit! The more we talk, the more we know. The more we know, the more we grow. The more we grow, the better we feel.

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July: A Month of Communication

July: A Month of Communication

This July, we are turning our attention to talking, listening, and understanding- the patchwork mosaic of good communication.

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Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

"The first step towards resolving that uncomfortable feeling of cognitive dissonance. Who was I beyond addiction?"

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An Open Letter To Young Queer Artists

An Open Letter To Young Queer Artists

Jacob is 24 years old from New York City, NY.

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Speak Your Truth

Speak Your Truth

Sara is 25 years old from San Diego, CA.

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A Real Answer To "How Are You Doing"

A Real Answer To "How Are You Doing"

Corey is 25 years old from Los Angeles, CA.

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HOW ARE YOU FEELING: ANGER

HOW ARE YOU FEELING: ANGER

Just know that if you are angry right now, we are too.

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June: A Month of Truth

June: A Month of Truth

We’re celebrating what it feels like to be true to yourself and exploring the relationship between truth, acceptance, and pride. Through each conversation, we hope to take another step toward a more open and optimistic world.

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HOW ARE YOU FEELING: SURPRISE

HOW ARE YOU FEELING: SURPRISE

Startled. Amazed. Excited. Awe. Eager. Energetic.

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HOW ARE YOU FEELING: DISGUST

HOW ARE YOU FEELING: DISGUST

Avoidance. Revulsion. Judgemental. Hesitant. Disapproval

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HOW ARE YOU FEELING: FEAR

HOW ARE YOU FEELING: FEAR

Where Fear gets complicated, is when we start to anticipate threats or have thoughts about potential dangers. 

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HOW ARE YOU FEELING: SADNESS

HOW ARE YOU FEELING: SADNESS

If Happiness is something that we are always chasing, Sadness must be something that we always want to avoid, right? Not quite.

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HOW ARE YOU FEELING: HAPPINESS

HOW ARE YOU FEELING: HAPPINESS

Happiness can look 100 different ways to 100 different people, and that is part of what makes it so special. 

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Thoughts From The Frontline

Thoughts From The Frontline

Aaron, a homeless outreach worker, shares his perspective of being an essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May: A Month of Awareness

May: A Month of Awareness

May is our favorite month - Mental Health Awareness Month! For 2020, our theme is 'How Are You Feeling?'. Get a glimpse into this jam packed month with Mason & Meadow.

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How To Accept The Tough Shit

How To Accept The Tough Shit

When you surrender into your reality, you accept that this is, put simply, what it is. And when you recognize that this is what it is, you can work towards making that reality a stronger, better, more positive experience. 

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It’s Not a Binary Decision: Acceptance or Healing

It’s Not a Binary Decision: Acceptance or Healing

"How can it be problematic to just like yourself right now while you're in the process of healing? It's not a binary decision: acceptance or healing."

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Hi Me, It’s Me

Hi Me, It’s Me

I really pinpoint the precise moment in which I outwardly decided to accept others’ portrayal of what my life was supposed to be, but I do know that it happened.

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April: A Month of Acceptance

April: A Month of Acceptance

Acceptance is a theme that is more pertinent now more than ever. Whether it's accepting where you are, the state of the world, or yourself - there is a lot of lessons wrapped up in Acceptance.

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Your Internal Roommate Part 2

Your Internal Roommate Part 2

You can take the self work even further by adding more mindfulness and awareness in, rather than attempting to push your thoughts out.

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Your Internal Roommate Part 1

Your Internal Roommate Part 1

As another week in social isolation comes around, Meadow notices that my inner roommate is quite chatty.

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Coping With Coronavirus In Your 20's

Coping With Coronavirus In Your 20's

Elizabeth Segran, author of The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch The Rest of Your Life, helping us navigate this new reality.

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Make Today A Good Day

Make Today A Good Day

Sometimes, waking up and choosing to have a good day feels impossible. But, we have more control over how our days go than we like to believe.

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March: A Month of Happiness

March: A Month of Happiness

With World Happiness Day coming up this month, we chose to dedicate the entire theme of the month to just that: Happiness. The seemingly never fully attainable concept we all strive for.

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More Isn't Better

More Isn't Better

"What was wrong is that we are conditioned to believe that 'more' is always 'better.'” A story on burn out by therapist and friend of the blog, Alyssa Petersel.

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February: A Month of Love

February: A Month of Love

Meadow & Mason here to introduce February's theme: LOVE. Each month of 2020 we'll be announcing our word of the month that will be the central theme for our digital content and monthly events!

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Setting Boundaries

Setting Boundaries

“When I first started therapy, boundaries are not what I went in for, but they are what I came away with."

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The Healthy Amount of Stress

The Healthy Amount of Stress

Stress is one of those fun Darwinisms that I really would rather do without.

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Saying is Believing

Saying is Believing

The “elevator pitch” version of my life includes a family that has coped with bipolar disorder, addiction, suicide, cancer, homelessness, and that’s just to name a few.

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Back On The Horse

Back On The Horse

“When I first started therapy, boundaries are not what I went in for, but they are what I came away with."

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Little Things

Little Things

What does it mean to express gratitude? What if we thanked the little things each day? How would this improve our lives?

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Falling Up :(:

Falling Up :(:

I know we always ask each other and ourselves if we’re happy, truly happy, but what does happiness really look like? Editorial piece written by Madhappy Co-Founder, Mason Spector.

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