We don’t need to look too far to see that as a society, we are suffering – mass shootings, homelessness, addiction, suicides – all causes of trauma. Trauma is often the root cause of physical and mental suffering. Unless the root of the problem is dealt with, dealing with the symptoms is time wasted. And yet, it is often hard to differentiate a symptom from the causal problem. We all know that untreated trauma, whether it occurs in childhood or later in life, leads to mental health issues – anxiety, depression, mood, personality, and psychotic disorders. It also leads to physical issues.
Summer is amongst us and in full bloom. It usually signifies a happy season for most of us. As children Summer meant no school, longer daylight hours and more time to just enjoy youth. As an adult, it usually means vacations, barbeques, and delicious seasonal foods. I remember as a child looking forward to the last day of school because it meant that boating with my family on the Long Island Sound was coming-up.
The last Thursday of each June is recognized as National Handshake Day, this year falling on Thursday the 27th. The purpose of this day is to celebrate the importance of this gesture in forming first impressions and relationships between two individuals.
Everyone knows the importance of drinking enough water, yet almost everyone doesn’t reach their daily ideal amount; especially crucial during warm weather, and for people who regularly exert themselves physically.
Not to be confused with National Smile Day ( June 25), or World Smile Day (October 4), National Smile Power Day, June 15, is about the actual tangible power that your smile can deliver.