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What is wellbeing? When we think of well-being, we usually focus on mental and physical health. However, health and wellness include the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Holistic wellness also takes into account the many external and environmental factors which could be supporting or impacting overall wellness. For example, you provide support and comfort to...

In early 2022, ADVAS reached out to the community for help understanding what assistance was needed, when it was needed, and how natural supports could be strengthened to be more effective for people who have experienced crime, tragedy, or loss. This is a snapshot of some of what was learned. Zero People (those who had experienced crime,...

LISTENYou may be tempted to "fix" the problem, but the person you are with needs you to hear what they are saying. PARAPHRASETry to paraphrase what you heard to make sure you understood and to show that you are paying attention. DON'T JUDGEYour goal is to understand and to support, not to provide your opinions or perspectives. SHOW...

When someone you care about is hurting, you might feel the instinct to help them. Some might even feel compelled to “fix” the challenges being faced. At the same time, stressful situations can catch us all by surprise and create new questions to be answered. You might wonder what happened, what happens next, or what you can do...

PREPPING TIME: 10 MIN COOKING TIME: 10 MIN Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups white sugar 2 eggsteaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour⅔ cup cocoa powder¾ teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon salt2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and...

We at ADVAS believe that books can be magical. They can help us to travel to faraway and imaginary places, they can teach us, give us perspective, and help us heal. Books can make us, and everyone we encounter, better. We hope that you find this book useful. Read the words, bake the cookies, steep the...

It is human nature to seek connection, to want to be loved, to enjoy the attention that someone we love pays to our wants and needs. It's a good sign if you are in a relationship and you feel connected, loved, and like you and your partner both intentionally care for one another. Healthy relationships with...

In November 2021, researchers published a study about hugs in Acta Psychologica. The goal of their inquiry was to identify the perfect hug. How long should it be? Where do my hands go? In their published findings, the researchers noted that a crisscross hug that lasted 5 to 10 seconds was most desirable among men and...

Some people may be familiar with the concept of stages of grief based on the model of Kubler-Ross (1969). It has been widely adopted and accepted. It is important to note that a person who is grieving does not simply go from one stage to the next – it is a much more fluctuating process...

Every individual will experience crime, tragedy and loss in a unique and personal way. You may know more than one person who has shared in the same event, and each person will understand, process, and recover from the event differently. As an employer, there is a lot that you can do to support workers who have...