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Some of these are not so obvious…

#1- They Behave With the Feelings of Others in Mind

This does not mean catering to the thoughts and feelings of everyone else. It does not mean always doing things to please others. It doesn’t mean routinely tossing aside your own needs and feelings for those of other people. It also does not mean you are responsible for the feelings of others- not at all.

It does mean considering the feelings and thoughts of those around you, much of the time, with regards to your own behavior. It means behaving with a sense of care and consideration for other human beings.

This can look like: not blasting aloud music or…

Watch out for these little things that actually aren’t so little

Many of us have embodied behaviors and traits on this list at one time or another. I certainly have. These behaviors and traits do not, in and of themselves, make someone a “bad person.” More, the type we might prefer to avoid, since having a happy or healthy relationship with them will be quite challenging.

Thus, none of this is a judgment but more so, an offering of observations and ideas on keeping a close watch about the type of people with whom we surround ourselves (because this does matter- it influences our mental health and the type of people…

Because staying silent is the opposite of loving

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” — H. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled

I read this book several years ago and it changed my life and thinking in numerous ways. …

In all stories, we need villains and unlikeables. Here's why.

I’ll start off this article with an excellent thought by author, Roxane Gay, who I quote throughout much of the rest of this piece.

That the question of likability even exists in literary conversations is odd.

It implies we are engaging in a courtship. When characters are unlikable, they don’t meet our mutable, varying standards.

Certainly, we can find kinship in fiction, but literary merit shouldn’t be dictated by whether or not we want to be friends or lovers with those about whom we read.

So, to spring forward from her valid and thought-provoking point, I offer the following reasons…

Here’s how this is hurting us

Science has finally confirmed what I’ve suspected for months: that wearing masks outdoors is pointless.

You cannot get COVID outside in open air, unless you’re standing in a tightly packed, monstrous crowd, or you are talking with someone mere inches from their face for, like, an hour (and even in the second example, the chances are still not super high). Otherwise, it isn’t going to happen. No cases have been documented of this.

The CDC even admitted, once they confirmed this a few weeks ago, that they’d known it for months (that you do not catch COVID outdoors in open…

Keeping your blood sugar up? Not so good

Snacking didn’t exist in our grandparent's time. They had 3 square meals a day and that’s about it.

Then, in the 1970s, food companies saw an opportunity and introduced snack foods for kids. This trend exploded in the ’80s and now snacking is a massive industry and an act that’s become totally normal, even encouraged.

We’ve been taught that snacking is good because it “keeps your blood sugar up,” but this is exactly why it’s bad for you.

Whenever you eat something, be it an apple, a bowl of oatmeal, an entire dinner, or even just a single caramel candy…

And no, “nice” isn’t the same as kindness

You might be thinking, “But I know lots of nice people. I don’t need to know the signs. It’s obvious.”

Not so fast.

“Nice” is not the same as kind and kindness.

Nice is easy. Anyone can do it. Nice requires little effort. It can be falsely put on. Most people, aside from the nastiest of the nasty, can act nice in front of others for a couple of hours (even if they aren’t actually nice at all).

Nice is tepid milk, as opposed to kindness, which is a whipped cream topped, vivid, flavorful, showstopper of a frappuccino.

“Nice” is…

10 rules to live by for your healthiest, happiest life

Health has been a fascination, passion, and priority of mine since college. It’s what I was originally going for a degree in (before I switch majors halfway through for Communications). My interest in health has never waned, though. I read books and articles about it, love to discuss it, write about, and embody a healthy lifestyle.

When I broke my leg in two places and ripped the ligament about 16 months ago, this caused a shift in my priority placed on health, raising it even higher. Hearing my orthopedic surgeon say, many times over, “Because you’re so healthy, Brooke, and…

You’re on the fast track to lots of health problems if you sit a lot

The human body is not meant to sit for hours every day. We are not built to stay in the same position for long stretches of time. This is terrible for our muscles and blood flow. A likely fast track to weak muscles, a flabby butt and thighs, and potential blood clot issues are to spend a lot of your day sitting or moving minimally.

The human body and skeleton aren’t designed to be sitting, immobile, inactive, and hunched over all day. …

You’re underestimating how much your phone is stealing

The next time you’re out and about in the world, take a careful, observant look around. The majority of people will be on their phones. Walking with it clutched in hand, staring down at it instead of watching where they’re going. Pushing the stroller with their toddler inside while walking and scrolling. Strolling with their dog with gaze fixed on their device.

Most of the people you’ll see on buses and trains nowadays are tapping, scrolling, and focused on their phones. In restaurants, glance around. …

Brooke Meredith

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