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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...

You, as a natural support, provide emotional and instrumental/practical support to people and help them cope with the bereavement and healing process. Many people feel unsure of how to respond, or worry about saying or doing the wrong thing. If you feel that way, it's OK. It is normal, and good, to care so much...

As natural support, it is not your job to heal the person you are helping. Instead, your role is to make it possible for them to heal by listening, showing that you care, and taking on tasks that are not helpful to their healing. Your primary role - the most important thing that you can do...

Technology and social media have changed how people communicate with one another. Texting and social posts have replaced most phone calls, and statistics show that some people might not be going out as much as they used to (both in pre- pandemic years and now). When people go out, research shows that most are using...

When someone is hurting, you may struggle to find the right words to say. Instead of searching for the perfect quote in a book or online, look inside your heart and listen to the words used by the person you are supporting. Try using the same words as the person uses to describe someone they've...

Self-care, or care of oneself, is a protective factor against compassion fatigue. Self-care is most effective when engaged proactively and intentionally. It is an individualized process with numerous factors, such as personal preferences, belief systems, cultural backgrounds, and personal life circumstances. Self-care empowers holistic health and well- being. To restore or improve one’s own health, it...

It is often hard, and might even feel impossible, to share how we are feeling. Sometimes we think we are wrong for feeling a certain way, or perhaps we think we might be judged for how we feel. Sometimes we worry about whether or not people can help us, or if speaking openly might add...