Have you ever “tweeted” someone a compliment?

AUR_78196191[1]These days, it may seem like bullying through social media has taken over schools across the country. Everything from aggressive taunting to death threats quickly spread through Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs.

Students often fall victim to these harsh words and find themselves in uncomfortable situations as their self-esteem plummets and uneasiness takes hold.

To combat this problem, Jeremiah, an Iowa-based High School student decided to use social media for good and compliment his classmates.

So, I was especially inspired to see  how this teen used Twitter to combat cyberbullying.  Isn’t it great to see someone do something so positive?

What do you think about using social media to build people up?  Sometimes, a simple positive message can make someone feel better emotionally and spiritually. Try it today and let us know how it felt!

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

Fighting for women’s wellness worldwide

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

Last week I watched this amazing film called Half the Sky, a documentary about turning oppression into opportunity for women around the world. This 4-hour special chronicled the lives of these women as they faced abuse and poverty head on and tackled complicated issues such as sex trafficking, gender-based violence, maternal mortality and lack of access to education.

I am in awe of the strength of those who face such brutal attacks, lifelong trauma and hardships at every turn. It was encouraging to see how leaders from the countries highlighted in the film (Kenya, Cambodia, Somaliland and beyond) fought for women’s rights and in many cases, continue to risk their own safety on a daily basis for those in need.

If you have the chance to see this film, I highly recommend it! There is also a great website for learning more about those involved and the important issues: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

Changes for a better life

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

I’ve found the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” to be quite beneficial in my life and it usually helps me avoid making a big deal out of nothing. There are a few things in life though that if changed, can help you feel a lot happier. This article by Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP highlights some key ways to de-stress, live healthier and become more productive:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof/201210/life-is-too-short-10-things-not-worth-tolerating

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

Five tips for fighting stress at work

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

1. Chew gum. This motion will loosen your jaw, where much of your stress is stored during the day.

2. Take a walk. Instead of staring at your computer screen while you eat lunch, get some fresh air and go for a stroll around the block. This can relieve some of your anxiety and refresh you for the 2nd half of the work day.

3. Make a small sachet of lavender and keep it by your desk. This plant is often used as a remedy for anxiety and depression and research shows that when inhaled, lavender can soothe and calm the senses.

4. Write a to-do list. When you walk into work each morning, make a list of all the tasks/activities you need to accomplish. The act of crossing things off a list is always very satisfying and allows you to see how much you achieve throughout the day!

5. Eat an apple. Fruits are loaded with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. They’re easy to carry and give you a quick energy boost if you feel sluggish.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

Five ways to reconnect with your spiritual self

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

1. Look for opportunities to add goodness to the world. This will enhance your own self love and appreciation for others.

2. Take time each day to reflect by meditating, praying or reading a spiritual poem or book. This will strengthen your emotional well-being.

3. Offer forgiveness to those who may have hurt you.
You may not ever forget, but by forgiving others, you relieve burden from your mind and make room for happy thoughts.

4. Become aware of your positive and negative behavior. This will help you understand your strengths and also recognize room for growth.

5. Be the best YOU, each and every day. In the words of Jay-Z, “The worst thing to be, is successful as someone else.” Monotony is boring, individuality is fascinating.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

Lift your spirit with 21 random acts of kindness

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

It’s nice to be reminded from time to time about the random acts of kindness that take place every day around the world.

Need your spirits lifted today?  Check out this Huffington Post slideshow.  You’ll be glad you did.

Truly, it’s hard for me to pick my favorite! This really made my day, and I have a feeling it might brighten yours as well.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

How can finding your purpose change the world?

Last week, I read an article in the Huffington Post about one man’s take on the true meaning of life. I think we’ve all pondered this question from time to time. “What is my purpose?”

Is this job, activity, lifestyle really for me? The article talked about Toan Lam and how he found his purpose in life through the 14th Dalai Lama’s reflection:

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.”

This idea of service led him to create Go Inspire Go, a non-profit that showcases people’s personal stories of helping others. This site allows Toan to use his talents of building connections with people and telling their stories. One story in particular caught my eye.  Check it out below:

What talent do you possess? Maybe you’re an artist, a healer, a great listener or a wiz at finance. Whatever it may be, ask yourself this question: How can I use my gift to help others? Imagine what this world would be like if we all shared our talent with just one person.

There are over 7 billion people on this planet – I think we’d make quite a difference.

How can you improve your spiritual wellness every day?

It’s been awhile since we focused specifically on spiritual wellness, so I’d like to take a bit of time to touch on the topic.

Everything covered in this blog reflects something spiritual in nature, but it’s always beneficial for me to become familiar every now and again about my purpose here.

Here are some simple ways to incorporate spiritual wellness in your life.

1. Before you go to bed every night, think of one thing that happened during the day that made you feel grateful. Thank someone who acted kind towards you, someone who made a difference, yourself, or whoever/whatever you go to for spiritual wholeness.

2. Try to treat others with kindness, especially those who come off as jealous, demeaning, or unfriendly. This is often challenging, but by meeting their negativity with something positive, you can protect your own emotions and maybe make someone else’s day better!

3. Celebrate your inner child! With the temperatures rising, there are endless opportunities for kid-friendly activities—ditch your afternoon coffee for a chocolate ice cream with a friend, play in the dirt (garden, hike, throw around a Frisbee at the park), or take on the water slide challenge at your nearest waterpark. I’ve done a couple of these things lately and felt rejuvenated!

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

4. When life hands you lemons, take one day at a time — and then make some lemonade! Relax and realize that you’re just one person, doing the best you can, and that’s all you can do! Give yourself credit for small achievements like finishing a complicated task at work or on tough days, just getting through the afternoon!

5. Carve out a bit of time for yourself each day. Read, walk, or just breathe. You deserve it and the rest of your life will thank you for taking these moments of self-care.

What tips would you like to share with our readers?

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

Have you mastered the “art of being nice?”

The simple comfort of coffee can make someone’s day.

Some days, this may seem like a dying art, but yesterday I experienced a simple act of kindness at Starbucks that made my day.

When the woman in front of me placed her order, she gently asked the employee behind the counter about the man sitting outside on the patio. She said she’d noticed him sitting there most days and wanted to know if he ever came in to order something. The barista replied that he usually just sits outside by himself for an hour or so, watching the cars pass and then leaves.

Taking one last glance in the man’s direction, the girl promptly ordered another coffee and on her way out, offered it to him. He gladly accepted as a big smile spread across his face, which quickly spread to mine (and just about everyone else’s around me!).

This cup of coffee was a simple gesture, but really changed my spirit for the rest of the day. This coffee held compassion, empathy, and an acknowledgment that the man was not alone. He was someone that she noticed, someone (like all the rest of us) that really matters and exists as an integral part of the community we live in.

One of my favorite quotes comes from a Xhosa proverb that defines South African culture: “Ubuntu ungamntu ngabanye abantu” or “People are people through other people.” As individuals, we are not islands (no matter how hard Simon and Garfunkel tried!), we are all interconnected in the beautiful chaos that is, life.

This is why it is so important to reach out, help someone in need, extend love and gratitude and…as mom always taught…

Moral of the story? Just. Be. Nice.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

Meet Caine Monroy, lifting spirits, one game at a time

Last night I came home from work and flipped open my laptop, only to be (pleasantly) bombarded by Facebook posts, Tweets and articles all about sweet little Caine Monroy, a 9-year old from East L.A. with a bright smile and a knack for…cardboard engineering.

Last summer Caine accompanied his father to work in his used auto parts store and to keep busy, decided to build a game arcade out of cardboard. Now, although most kid projects are cute, this arcade wasn’t your run-of-the-mill, fruity markers scented, cardboard cut-out creation. This arcade featured mini basketball, soccer with plastic battle guy defendants, tickets that come out of each game as you earn points, a toy grabber machine and much more!

As neat as this arcade was, Caine didn’t receive much business from his father’s clients and the students in his class refused to believe him when he talked about his latest project at school. He persevered though, held his head high and continued to construct his masterpiece.

Finally, his hard work paid off when filmmaker, Nirvan Mullick came into the shop. He immediately took notice of Caine’s arcade and when he asked about how much it cost to play, Nirvan opted for the $2 “Fun Pass” which gave him 500 turns instead of the 2 turns he’d get by paying $1. Thoroughly impressed by the arcade, Nirvan decided to make a video about Caine and it didn’t take long for his story to go viral. The filmmaker also organized a Flashmob to show up at the used auto parts store one day which created a huge amount of publicity and energy around Caine and his arcade. According to an interview with the Huffington Post, Caine was ecstatic about his boom in business and told his father, “Dad, this is the best day of my whole life.”

I hope you can take a little time out of your day to watch this video. It brought me to tears! Life is crazy and we all have a million things to do, but this story just goes to show how taking a couple minutes to pay attention, maybe shooting a few hoops at the nearest kid-approved cardboard arcade, could change the course of someone’s life.

Learn more about Caine and his arcade at: http://www.cainesarcade.com

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.