Monday, October 29, 2012

Are you "happy healthy?"

If you're happy and you know it, Elize Hattin says you're rare. Now, the author and transformational life coach is hoping her new book The Naked Truth About You: Your Path to an Extraordinary Life Revealed will serve as a guide for finding the fulfillment so often sought in daily life.

"We reside in countries with higher living standards and greater opportunities to have every desire within our grasp," says Hattin. "Yet most people, even those successful and wealthy by worldly standards, often feel desperate, depressed, stressed, anxious and lonely." A manual geared toward all demographics, Hattin delves into understanding the brain, the conscious and subconscious mind with chapters including "Make the Most of Time," "Engage in Your Life's Work," and "Face the Big Four: Change, Problems, Goals and Others' Opinions of You."

5 Things A Bully Doesn’t Want You to Know

As the sound of school bells ringing signals that school is back in session for the year, it also means that students and parents will face some common issues. It is estimated, each day in America, that 160,000 students stay home from school in order to avoid being bullied, so it makes a lot of people wonder what goes on in the mind of a bully. Judging by the research regarding who bullies, it would stand to reason that it's quite a bit.

"We tend to look at the situation of bullying, and not so much at the bully him- or herself," explains Peter J. Goodman, author of the book "We're All Different But We're All Kitty Cats." "But if we had a chance to peek into the mind of the bully, we might be surprised at some of the things we would learn."
There are some things that bullies don't want people to know, including:
1.They aren't sure about the best way to communicate their feelings. Usually, there is something that a bully wants, but they tend to go about trying to get it in the wrong way. While people have typically thought that bullies were never the popular kids, for example, research shows that they are often popular kids. They tend to bully because they are trying to look good to their peers, and become even more popular.
2.They may be hurting inside and want you to hurt, too. Some kids who bully don't feel good about themselves and may be bullying others to help offset their own feelings. Bullies usually want to feel stronger. Bullying others makes them feel stronger and more powerful. Bullies, especially those who bully to raise their social status, want desperately to fit in with their peers and be accepted.
3.They are probably bullying people in the home, too. If someone is a bully at school, there is also a good chance they are bullying someone in the home, such as a sibling. Research published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology found that children who bully at school are likely also bullying their siblings in the home.
4.They have probably also been bullied, somewhere along the way. Some children who bully have learned the behavior at home. Research has found that many children who bully have seen such behavior in the home, or are more likely to have been exposed to violence in the home.
5.They probably sought you out because they thought you were weak. According to the American Psychological Association, a typical victim is sensitive, quiet, withdrawn, shy, insecure, has low self-esteem, and appears physically weaker than the bully. Those students who appear not to have at least one good friend are often seen as easy targets by bullies.

"A bully is a kid, just like everyone else," added Goodman. "They may need some help in learning better ways to communicate their feelings and learn how to get along better with their peers. But this is something that each of us needs to work on, in our community, in order to make it a better place for everyone."
According to the National Institutes of Health, bullying takes place when someone repeatedly tries to harm someone that they believe is weaker. It can take multiple forms, including physical (e.g., hitting, kicking, pushing, etc.), verbal (e.g., threatening, teasing, etc.), and social (e.g., rumors, exclusion, etc.). In recent years, cyber-bullying has also become more widespread; this involves bullying through the use of electronic means, including online and through text messaging.

Goodman's first book of the Kitty Cat series, "The First Day of School," is being used by schools, groups, and individuals across the nation to help teach young children about bullying. The book uses a cast of cat characters to demonstrate how we are all different, but that it's important to be accepting of everyone.

The book has been written for children in pre-kindergarten through the third grade. The earlier children learn about the importance of preventing bullying, the better. To learn more about the book series, or to purchase the volume that addresses bullying, visit
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American Psychological Association. School bullying is nothing new, but psychologists identify new ways to prevent it.
National Institutes of Health. Bullying.
Science Daily. Bullying at school linked to bullying at home. December 2009.
WebMD. Bullying may be linked to violence in the home. April 2011.


Red Ribbon Week increases drug awareness

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs.   

"By decorating their homes together with this year's Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities." said the NFP's Volunteer President Peggy Sapp. The nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide. 

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is co-sponsoring this year's Red Ribbon week. "DEA is excited to partner with the National Family Partnership to come together to talk about the drug problem," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.  "Red Ribbon Week is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique'Kiki' Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe."

The NFP was established in 1980, and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy.  Its mission is to lead our nation's families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth.  

Catalogue of Science on Vaccine Safety

Sourcing scientific research and information about the safety of vaccines got a bit easier with the launch of a new Catalogue of Science containing nearly 200 research studies and other scientific documents never before assembled in one place.  Featuring 14 categories with links to abstracts and full text of studies published in peer-reviewed journals, the Catalogue makes it easy for parents and medical professionals alike to connect the dots and navigate the science exploring vaccines. The Catalogue debuted at, and is a cornerstone of the new website for the awarding-winning documentary film THE GREATER GOOD. 
Filmmakers Leslie Manookian, Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaro spent over five years researching and making the film, which follows three families personally impacted by vaccination.  Manookian collected research sourced for the film and many additional scientific works to create the Catalogue, which will be updated on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available.

“When discussing the issue of vaccines, people often say ‘Show me the science’.  But as we learned while researching our documentary, the science can be difficult to find.  We’re committed to providing critical scientific research missing from the popular discourse on vaccines, and have brought together dozens of critical pieces on an array of topics to help people become better informed,” Manookian said.

The new website, launching just in time for Vaccine Awareness Week also includes a suite of tools for hosting community screenings and a discussion guide with tips for facilitating conversations on the often challenging topic of vaccine safety.  The film can be streamed online at the site, and visitors can buy a New Parent Gift Box, which includes a DVD of the film and other great gifts for expectant parents. Also available on the new website are fact sheets including an FAQ and a ‘Fact Check’ which provides links to sources for all the information in the film, for which the filmmakers interviewed experts from all sides of the issue. (A full list of experts is available at )

“We hope the film will inspire more rational discussions about vaccinations, and serve as a resource for parents, physicians, policy makers and others who want to participate intelligently in the heated national dialogue on vaccines and vaccine safety,” said Kendall Nelson, Producer/Writer of THE GREATER GOOD.

More information and a tour of the Catalogue of Science is available at and the film can also be found on Facebook at, and as @greatergoodfilm on Twitter.