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15 Ways To Be A Slightly Better Version Of Yourself

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Last week, I dropped my boyfriend off at work at 6 a.m. and took a long walk through the city. I watched the sun rise over the river and pondered the meaning of life. I sipped a coffee and brainstormed some story ideas as I smiled at strangers who passed me on the nearly empty streets. When I got home, I felt so simultaneously calm and inspired that I sat down on my bed and meditated for 10 minutes even though I’m not really sure how to meditate (I always think if my spirit doesn’t levitate over my body I’m doing it wrong). “I am so living my best life right now,” I thought between deep breaths. “I’m meditating before work! Dalai Lama status!”

After I finished kinda-meditating, I felt so energized and inspired that I thought, I’m going to write a super inspiring quote on the dry erase board in my office to keep riding this wave of spiritual enlightenment! So I walked out to my car to grab a dry erase marker I’d bought a few days earlier. On my way, I literally stopped to smell a flower. I felt so happy and calm, you guys. And then I went to go back inside to finish off my perfect morning, and the door knob wouldn’t turn. In my calm, spiritually centered haze, I had locked myself out of the house, 10 minutes before work. I was wearing my high school gym shorts, a transparent tank top, and no shoes. “Shit!” I said loud enough to be heard by the impressionable children at the daycare center two houses down. I no longer felt like the Dalai Lama at all. Keep reading »

Guys, You’re Just As Depressed As Women

Depression might be known more as a women’s disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional symptoms are properly identified, men may actually be more likely to suffer from major depression, the “Los Angeles Times” reports, adding it’s news that may help explain why men are four times more likely to commit suicide. Read more at Newser…

The Soapbox: Chelsea Manning Has The Right To Healthcare In Prison, Transgender Or Not

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Now that Chelsea Manning has expressed a desire to medically transition through hormone replacement therapy, there are a lot of questions circling about what Leavenworth looks like for a trans woman, and how exactly someone might transition from male to female in prison. While Manning’s case itself is complicated, the question of what kind of healthcare someone deserves in prison is fairly simple. There are clear legal and moral arguments for Manning receiving hormones once they are prescribed by a doctor. This isn’t about what she did or did not do; it’s about the basic commitment we make as a society when we lock someone up.

When someone commits a crime, no matter how heinous, we still have an obligation as a society to provide their basic needs while they serve their time. As Lesley Kinzel argued when writing about the Michelle Kosilek case last year, “What makes us better than murderers is that we value human life, even the lives of those who don’t value life themselves, their own included.” Whether or not you agree with Manning’s release of classified information, we consider a decent life a collective value, enshrined in the basic rights that are guaranteed by our Constitution. Courts have already held that the 8th Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment confers a right to adequate medical care in prison, and medical experts and courts have consistently found that hormone therapy is a medically necessary treatment for transgender people for whom it’s prescribed. Keep reading »

5 Stages Your Therapist Goes Through After You Quit Her Services (In GIFs!)

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5 Stages Your Therapist Goes Through After You Quit Her Services

Therapy has done me good. Off and on ever since I was 14, I’ve seen a couple therapists for a couple of years at a time each. They’ve helped me through family craziness, adjusting to college, adjusting to life after college, a boss possessed by Satan, and bouts of depression and anxiety.

Therapy isn’t about “solving” problems;  it’s about learning ways to cope with them. It’s a credit to my most recent therapist that the few problems in my life feel manageable.  In extraordinary circumstances I’ll feel anxious or depressed, but I’m proud to say that I’ve been living my life better than ever. So much so, in fact, that I’m not sure that I’m getting much out of therapy anymore.  It feels less like an essential part of mental healthcare and more like a relationship I’ve been maintaining (and let’s be honest, paying for) out of guilt and habit.

So I decided to cut the cord. And my therapist … well, she didn’t take it so well. It felt like a breakup.  Here are the five stages you can expect your therapist to go through when you’ve quit their services: Keep reading »

“The Bachelor” Star Gia Allemand’s Suicide Details Emerge

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  • Gruesome details have come out about reality TV star Gia Allemand’s suicide: she hung hanged herself with a vacuum cleaner cord while on the phone with her mom. Allemand’s boyfriend Ryan Anderson, a player for the New Orleans Pelicans, reportedly told her in a fight hours before that he didn’t love her anymore. The 29-year-0ld model had appeared on Jake Pavelka’s season of “The Bachelor.” What a terrible story. [Page Six]
  • Lance Bass has shot down rumors of a *NSYNC reunion at this Sunday’s MTV VMAs. Dream. Crushed. [Buzzfeed]
  • “Sons Of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam is up for the role of Christian Grey in the big screen adaption of “50 Shades Of Grey,” according to a TwitchFilm source. Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jones are two of the names being batted around for Anastasia. At this point, hasn’t everyone in young Hollywood been tied to this project? [TwitchFilm]
  • Guess who has a small starring role on “Breaking Bad” this Sunday? J.Crew’s big wig Mickey Drexler. (I’m holding out hope for a role for Jenna Lyons in next season’s “Mad Men.”) [Fashionista]
  • Meet Anderson Cooper’s stalker: a Jewish white supremacist former mental patient! [TMZ] Keep reading »

5 Things To Remember When Your Life Goes To Hell

If there’s an upside to spending most of your life in abject poverty and soul-sucking alcoholism, it’s that you become an expert in shit-handling. Many of you out there can testify that it doesn’t make you panic any less when personal disasters do pop up, but it seems like the more frequently you fall into a sewer, the more skilled you become at battling the turtles that reside within.

But no matter how skilled we get at handling a good old-fashioned clusterfuck, there are still some basic reminders that we could all use when we’re right in the thick of it. Read more at Cracked…

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