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4 Ways to Bond With Your Co-Workers – Teach For America, TeacherPop
Whether you’re teaching at a new school, or just surrounded by new employees, it is critical to establish positive workplace relationships in order to start building a team dynamic that allows your organization to move towards a common goal. Unfortunately, trying to bond with coworkers and make friends can feel as daunting as starting a new romantic relationship…

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Empathy

Challenge Video #63: Kind Words – WellRight
The Kind Words Challenge invites you to say only kind words about other people for 30 days. We always feel uplifted with we say something nice to another person. Why is it, then, that so much of the time we tend instead to dwell on the weaknesses of those around us instead of their strengths? During the next month, limit yourself to saying only kind things about everyone. If you catch yourself criticizing someone, immediately say something positive about that person to redeem yourself (and them!).

5 Ways to Spread Empathy Through Education – informED
Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, globalized, and complex. Wars are being waged, conflicts displacing refugees across borders, economies booming and failing, all while innovative solutions are discovered and shared. Amid the challenges and opportunities, the need to really listen and understand one another is becoming not only a desirable skill, but an economic, social, and environmental imperative. A global spread of empathy is being demanded.

Friends Helping Friends – American Psychology Association
Know someone showing symptoms of anxiety or depression? Need help reducing stress? If a friend or family member is having trouble coping with life’s toughest situations, a psychologist can help. Watch this video for more info…

How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students – informED
More than two decades ago, scientists made a discovery that fundamentally altered the way we think about empathy. While observing monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells responded both when a monkey performed an action and when that monkey watched another monkey perform the same action. The same cells can be found in the human brain. These cells, called mirror neurons, fire when we see something happening to someone else that we could imagine happening to ourselves, from stubbing a toe to winning the lottery.

Maintaining Friendships

Fostering Friendships – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
People seem to have a natural need for friends, and with good reason. Friends increase your enjoyment of life, relieve feelings of loneliness, and even help reduce stress and improve your health…

How to Maintain Friendships Post-College – Teach For America, TeacherPop
You’ve shared a room, studied all night, and eaten a lot of bad takeout together. It’s no wonder the bonds formed in college are among the closest. But who says it has to end? Here are some ways you can maintain close friendships post-graduation.

Maintaining Friendships After Marriage – ComPsych  (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Did you know that your friendships may change after you get married and have kids? It is true, and it is the result of a combination of factors that include a decrease in free time and a shift in priorities. It does not have to mean your friendships will end…

5 Ways to Maintain Lifelong Friendships – Psychology Today
When it comes to our physical and mental health, friendship may truly be the best medicine. An Australian study showed that strong social networks may lengthen survival in elderly men and women, with good friends being even more likely to increase longevity than close family members.

Friendship Boundaries

Setting Boundaries in Relationships – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Boundaries are important in any relationship, whether it is a romance or just a friendship. To maintain a healthy relationship, both individuals should communicate what they are comfortable with and what makes them uncomfortable …

8 Signs of a Toxic Friendship – Psychology Today
A best friend can bring great joy, comfort, solace and fun to your life. People are pack animals. They love to roam together. They need friends to thrive, friends that share the good times and offer support in the bad.

Great friendships extend life. A 10-year-long Australian study showed that participants with solid friend groups were 22% more likely to live longer.

Unfortunately, a bad friend can have the opposite effect, yielding increased vulnerability to all the stress-related body signs—higher blood pressure, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), lowered immunity, higher blood sugar, depression, anxiety; the list goes on.

Creating Boundaries on Social Media After Loss – Psychology Today
Grief can be a lonely and scary journey. There may be times it may seem natural to want to share your experience online via social media; however, this method can also backfire. And in turn, this stress from social media might impact your healing. For example, your intent might be to keep the memory of your loved one alive in a positive light, but in doing so you discover others do not share your same sentiment. Sound harsh?

Your Children’s Friendships

Children’s Growing Friendships – Psychology Today
Just as children usually crawl before they walk and walk before they run, they also show a developmental sequence in their friendships. Children of different ages think very differently about friendship. As they mature, they become better able to understand another person’s perspective, which adds depth and meaning to their friendships.

How Can I help My Tween Form Good Friendships? – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Friendships can affect many areas of young adolescents’ lives, including grades, how they spend their time, what clubs they join and how they behave in public places, such as a shopping mall…

When Your Child Hangs with the Wrong Crowd – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Parents do not always agree with their child’s choice of friends. Knowing how and when to step in and discourage a friendship can be difficult…

Make New Friends But Keep the Old… Or Not – Psychology Today
This children’s song expresses a nice ideal: the ever-expanding circle of friends. Sometimes things actually work out that way. I’ve met adults who’ve said, “We’ve been friends since kindergarten!” A friend who has known you forever is a treasure. But friendships don’t always last—especially for children.