It's the week of Thanksgiving and this holiday is usually associated with thanks and gratitude. Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation or thanks; the state of being grateful. Some people may use gratitude as a way to form new relationships, strengthen current ones, help apologize to others, and make amends; but there are many useful ways to implement this positive emotion into your life.
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International Day for Tolerance
International Day for Tolerance is observed on November 16 as a time to celebrate open-mindedness and listening. Tolerance may be defined as accepting others who are different in their race, culture, habits, and beliefs. Ways to participate in International Day for Tolerance includes reading about different cultures, listening to neighbors with opposing point of views, and participating in events of remembrance or advocacy. There is importance in celebrating this day because it’s educational, brings others together, and reminds us that tolerance is a constant effort.
Tolerance is an important skill to develop, because people will not always agree on things. It's human nature to have differing opinions and thoughts. However, there is a big difference between tolerating different opinions and accepting others' race, culture, habits, and beliefs. It's important to be mindful that acceptance is actually the end goal to creating an inclusive society rather than just tolerance.
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Resources for teaching and developing tolerance:
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Teaching Social Acceptance in School
World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day is observed internationally on November 13 to advocate the importance of being kind to yourself, each other, and to the world around you. The objective of World Kindness Day is to spread kindness with small gestures.
Consider these small acts of kindness to participate in World Kindness Day:
Empathy is best defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of one another. Empathy is considered one of the most important components of emotional intelligence.
Nine benefits of being empathetic --
World Kindness Day
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National Stress Awareness Day
National Stress Awareness Day is observed every first Wednesday of November as a day to focus on reducing stress. International Stress Management Association is a charity that promotes knowledge about stress, resources for stress management, and well-being nationally and internationally.
Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension which is the body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. The body reacts to stress by releasing hormones that makes the brain more alert, causes muscles to tense, and increases pulse rate. There are two main types of stress: acute stress -- short term stress that goes away quickly, and chronic stress -- stress that lasts for weeks or months. There are many common health problems that are associated with chronic stress, such as -- high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and/or anxiety, skin problems (acne or eczema), and menstrual problems.
Stress is known to cause many types of physical and emotional symptoms.
Signs of too much stress:
Frequent aches and pains
Lack of energy or focus
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Use of alcohol or drugs
17 Highly Effective Stress Relievers for everyone!
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Take a Walk
Get a Hug From a Loved One
Eat a Balanced Diet
Make Time for Leisure Activities
Develop a Positive Self-Talk Habit
Reassess Your To-Do Lists
Obtain Social Support
Cut Out Things That Add to Your Stress
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