For Vince’s 27th birthday, his longtime girlfriend Shannon decided to throw a surprise party. Shannon is a gorgeous blonde and a smart cookie too, but her real superpower is worrying. She can worry ordinary people under the table. As you might imagine, planning a surprise party gave her some material. Whom to invite, and how many, and is this everyone? Can they all keep a secret? Might Vince find out some other way? Let’s say it comes off — does he even want a surprise party? Vince can be a crank. As one of his friends recently pointed out, Shannon is “the only person Vince is actually nice to.” Where to have it, what to serve, how much is all this going to cost?
There is little denying that Americans on the whole lead pretty stressed-out lives. Not surprisingly, finances and health issues top the stressor list. It makes sense that as our Western ways dial-up stress levels, the popularity of Eastern practices like yoga, massage and meditation is rising quickly. Non-traditional practices offer several key benefits – people can practice in the comfort of one’s home and you don’t require a pricey professional.
If you’re seeking stress relief you may be interested in the Tension Release Exercise (TRE) method. Taught to over 1 million people worldwide, this simple set of six exercises taps into the mind-body connection that empowers people to reduce stress and find inner balance.
It’s no secret that today’s high school students are under massive amounts of pressure to perform. While everyone agrees that stress levels are awful — and that they contribute to things like cheating and other bad behavior — no one seems to be able to agree on what we should do about it. Faced with an increasingly anxious student body, one Baltimore County principal decided to take matters into her own hands.
If you’ve got to get chemotherapy, you might as well get chemotherapy that’s designed precisely for you. No, this isn’t some weird, trendy cancer fad from the fashion industry; it’s actually an innovative new treatment developed by oncologists at Johns Hopkins, who’ve figured out how to personalize chemo drug selection using cell lines created from patients’ own tumors.
Sometimes — like, say, when you’ve had a fight with your significant other — hermaphrodite life seems like the way to go. Back in the day, nematodes (aka roundworms) reproduced through male-female mating, but it didn’t take them long, evolutionarily speaking, to get over that; nowadays, they self-fertilize. Sounds very neat and uncomplicated — except that self-fertilization creates its own set of problems, according to recent research out of the University of Maryland.
Last week we considered private school admissions, and the anxiety it inspires in parents. For many families, though, all that stress (and money) is worth it, because small, supportive schools nurture students, giving them rigorous, individual preparation for their future college education. But can these students be too supported — too “cocooned,” as one expert puts it?
It turns out that some college counselors are starting to think this might be the case. In today’s “error-averse culture,“students aren’t learning how to make mistakes, so any setback — a rejection from a first-choice school; a botched interview — feels like a complete and utter disaster. Not getting into an Ivy League school may truly be the worst thing that ever happened to these students, so no wonder they sometimes react to rejection as though the very foundations of the earth are being shaken.
In a recent controversial article in the Atlantic, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” Lori Gottlieb argues a similar point — that today’s parents are too good at supporting their kids and shielding them from unhappiness. According to Gottlieb, these children grow up to be young adults who have great relationships with their parents — but an inability to cope with the normal disappointments of life.
So how do we raise kids to feel supported — but to be independent, too?