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Why integrity matters

By Marilyn C. Arayata Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb […]

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Keep kids safe from preventable injuries

Unaccompanied children who were hit by vehicles and children who ingested a harmful liquid stored in a softdrink bottle. Sounds familiar? Many injuries in children are preventable. Still, preventable injuries is the top cause of death among children in the US, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 2,000 children die every day as a result of unintentional or accidental injuries. From the WHO website: “Every year tens of millions more worldwide are taken to hospitals with injuries that often leave them with lifelong disabilities, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.”

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When situations become stressful, strengthen the protective factors

Are you hurting? Do you worry about anything? If you are hurting and worrying, you are not alone. Countless people are now struggling due to separation, break-up, illnesses in the family, mounting debts and bills, bullying, abuses, conflict at work, pressures in the business, a family mess, a disrespectful child, a school requirement, immigration concerns, and uncertainty at work.

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Forgive us when we whine

I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet.” It’s not easy to trace the origin of this quote, but one thing is certain: people feel miserable when they don’t appreciate what they have and complain about what they lack instead.

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Storms don’t last

What kind of challenge are you going through right now? It may be an emotional storm, financial storm, relational storm, or physical storm. Perhaps, just like many people, you are going through not just one, but two difficulties at the same time. Hang on. Storms don’t last. Meanwhile, do what you can to protect yourself and survive. “We live in a world that is beyond our control, and life is in a constant flux of change. So we have a decision to make: keep trying to control a storm that is not going to go away or start learning how to live within the rain” Glenn Pemberton).

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Reach out to lonely people

Many Americans are reportedly lonely, according to a study. The loneliest group belongs to – guess what – Generation Z, those between the ages 18 and 22. The said study says that young people who have very limited face-to-face interactions are prone to loneliness. It also found that in contrast, young people who spend time hanging out with friends, exercising, doing homework, reading print media, and attending religious services are able to cope.

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