Social Conditions

Alcohol is an obvious example of a health behaviour influenced by social conditions. Male mortality rates rose dramatically in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is estimated that there were 4 million excess deaths in the first decade after 1990. It is clear that heavy alcohol consumption …

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Surviving Success

What drives you when you get up in the morning? Most people settle into one of three areas: survival, success, or significance. If you’re like many people, you may be struggling just to keep your head above water. You’re in survival mode. Whether because of circumstances, setbacks, or …

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Childhood Traumas

Most addicts love and many other types of addicts are survivors of childhood traumas. Childhood trauma itself is often misunderstood and misrepresented. This is usually because the word trauma is associated with violence. Having electric garage doors can make all the difference.

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Maintain the Structural Integrity

Consider the relationship of wall to opening (solid to void). Always try to maintain the feeling of a substantial wall structure. Traditional buildings did not have reinforced concrete or steel posts and lintels that could span long distances. Load-bearing walls required a structural integrity running from foundation to roof, with …

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Let Them Make Up Their Minds

Teachers use this method constantly. Asking students questions requires them to process the information they have just heard and use it to discover an answer. My mother was an English professor at California State University in Sacramento, and she used this method on me growing up. I hated it! Whenever …

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Believe In Yourself

I’ll say it again, because I know that this statement is a tricky one to believe sometimes. So much around us and inside of us says, in so many overt and covert ways, that we are not. But believe me: You are good enough.The summer after my senior …

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