Random Acts of Kindness: Focus on Others

By Hilary Keno, SPH

Think back to the last random act of kindness you performed. Was it today? Last week? Last month? Can’t Remember? Regardless of when it was, here are a few ways you can ‘pay it forward’ and make someone else’s day! Continue reading


TED Talk by Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

A wonderfully empowering movement started by Sheryl Sandberg called lean in, aims to help women realize their full potential in the work place- without having to sacrifice personal goals in the process.

“Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.”

Broken Hearts: More Than Just a Metaphor

by Katie Muir, School of Public Health

The following post was originally written for Mind the Science Gap (MTSG), a blog written by UM School of Public Health students who are taking a “Communicating Science through Social Media” course. Don’t forget to check them out when you are done reading this post!

If you have read MTSG this week then you certainly won’t forget that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! But for some, the trappings of the holiday are no more than a reminder of a broken heart. It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has felt a broken heart in their life be it from lost love, a run away pet or perhaps the discontinuation of your favorite Starbucks drink. At the very least, we all know that when your feelings are hurt it can be just as bad as a real injury.

It’s easy to assume that heartache is actually all in our head. But is it? For many the pain is actually real and science agrees!

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Love YOU!

by Lindsay, School of Public Health

Whether you are single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated” this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show yourself some love.

Image used under Creative Commons courtesy of Thomas Hawk/flickr.com

Image used under Creative Commons courtesy of Thomas Hawk/flickr.com

But what does it really mean to love yourself? Should we all go out and buy ourselves chocolates and teddy bears and maybe stand outside our windows with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes?” The chocolates aren’t such a bad idea, but the truth is that self-love looks different for everyone. Here’s what self-love means to me…

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Check Out These SWEET Valentine Celebrating Events

By Lauren Baker, PULSE Greeks for Wellness Coordinator 

I want to share two up-coming Valentine’s Day related events that are sweeter than the holiday candy. Remember that a healthy relationship with yourself, family, friends, or romantic partner needs to have elements of love, respect, and a sense of giving back.  Lululemon’s ♥ Your Body Week and Alpha Chi Omega’s Healthy Relationships Week (HRW) are worth checking out and a great way to treat yourself and celebrate this next week and holiday.

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7 ways to kill 2 birds with 1 stone

by Lindsay, School of Public Health

Disclaimer: If you read the blog’s title and were hoping to read about strategies for killing birds, you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for some creative ways to multitask and make more of your time, then I’ve got some ideas for you!

Image adapted from Microsoft Image Galleries

Image adapted from Microsoft Image Galleries

1. Call your mom (or other family member to which you are obligated to call every now and then) while boiling water or heating up your dinner. For me, the average time it takes for water to boil (5-10 minutes) is conveniently the perfect length of time to talk to my mother. But it gets better. You have a great–and honest–excuse to cut the call short: sorry, mom, the water’s boiling, gotta put in the pasta!

2. Learn a second language while you walk, run, bike, or “elipt” at the gym. I always get super bored while doing cardio. I’ll be listening to music, reading a magazine, occasionally watching tv, texting, and it still won’t be enough to distract me from the fact that my legs hurt. But when you are focusing all your brain power on learning a new language, it’s really easy to forget you are working out, not to mention knowing a second language is a very marketable skill. There are plenty of free language Podcasts and other engaging lectures on iTunes, so check them out!

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Sexpertise 2013! January 23-25 at Michigan League

Join us for Sexpertise 2013
January 23-25 in the Michigan League!

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Why talk about sexuality?
How can I communicate what I want?
How does the media influence how we treat each other?
Is Fifty Shades of Grey for real?
Find the answers to these and other questions at Sexpertise 2013!

Sexpertise brings 3 days of events on sexuality and relationships to the Michigan League. All events are free and open to the public. Sexpertise events showcase leading researchers, inspiring community members and talented U-M peer educators from Sexperteam to bring you the latest in sexuality and relationship information.

For more information regarding this event please visit  http://www.uhs.umich.edu/sexpertise