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MAKING GOOD FRIENDS

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Friendships are extremely important for our well-being, on all levels. No matter one’s age or circumstances, it’s never too late to make new friends or reconnect with old ones. According to a HelpGuide article by Lawrence Robinson, Greg Boose, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., having strong friendships: 

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SEVEN KEYS TO A HEALTHY AND HAPPY RELATIONSHIP

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According to an article in Psychology Today by Stephani A. Sarkis, PhD, there are seven keys to a healthy and happy intimate relationship. In our culture today, where texting and instant gratification are the norm, it's important to remind ourselves of the important foundational work it takes to be in relationship. 

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ANIMALS AND YOU

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These days people are turning more and more to animals for emotional support. An example I came across recently highlighted a sixty-five-year-old man whose registered emotional support animal, named Wally, likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a five-foot-long alligator. He received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression. 

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GREEN BOOK

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Each year, the third Monday of January is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. Prior to that day this year, I attended the movie Green Book, based on a a true story that occurred in the 1960s. I was incredibly moved by the film, which depicted incidences of racial prejudice and discrimination.

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THE DIVINE FEMALE

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Moustafa Gadalla is an Egyptian-American, independent Egyptologist and the author of many acclaimed books about the aspects of ancient Egyptian history and civilization, and its influences worldwide. In his book Isis: The Divine Female, focus is placed on the goddess Isis—a deity associated with maternal devotion, fidelity, and tenderness. Isis represents the divine female principle, which includes the creative power that conceived (both physically and metaphysically) and brought forth all living creatures. Gadalla says:

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