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When ‘Good Vibes Only’ Goes Bad: Toxic Positivity Explained

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"It's OK not to be positive all the time, and it's unrealistic to believe that you can be happy every moment." ~ Psychology Professor Julie Norem
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While Just the Positive is a resource for positive stories, its reason for existence is in no way tied to promoting “toxic positivity” — which is the unrealistic belief that focusing on positivity and ignoring all other emotions will cure what ails you.

A few years ago, I was t-boned by a car running a red light at an intersection. I was later told by police that the man who ran the light was named Darwin — which I only mention because he walked away from the accident he caused without a single scratch (survival of the fittest much?). 

Every Father Can Be a Great Dad

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:02

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“Otto taught me I can be a man of integrity, what that entails and how to practically live that. And my family is worth that.” *Tim McGivney
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We’ve all heard that parenting is the most important job we can have, but it rarely comes with training to help us be better at it. The Dad-E Academy is stepping in to help Northern Nevada fathers improve their dad skills.

Parenting can be difficult under the best of circumstances. But it becomes infinitely harder when you didn’t have a parent around to model those skills for you, you have a challenging relationship with the other parent, you become a parent earlier than you were planning or you experience any of the various complications that go along with being part of a family.

New Resource for Seniors Struggling with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:59

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“Happiness and quality of life should never have to be sacrificed. This program is designed to help older adults to transition through life’s journey with dignity.” * Novia Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
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In response to the epidemic of suicide in older adults, Transitions offers an inpatient program exclusively for older adults in Reno that treats both mental health and addiction.

Tragically, Nevada has the highest elderly suicide rate in the nation according to America’s Health Rankings. In Nevada, there were 50 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people in the 75-84 age bracket, compared to the U.S. rate of 18.1 per 100,000. Nevada sees significantly more deaths by suicide per 100,000 for all age groups 55 and over.

How One Gym is Strengthening an Entire Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:23

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“It’s not my gym, it’s our gym.” * Grieg Jameson, Founder, Upstate Nevada
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A Reno gym is removing barriers to fitness for those who are not catered to by most fitness facilities, and the entire community is befitting.

On a Thursday in June, Cisco Rodriguez leads a group through a series of boxing jabs at the Upstate Nevada CrossFit gym. The group includes an elderly white-haired man in blue jeans and suspenders who looks like he wandered in off a ranch and a fit middle-aged woman in a tank top and workout tights who could have been plucked from a local yoga studio. This is Rock Steady, a boxing fitness program for those with Parkinson’s.

One Step at a Time

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Submitted by mcraddock_398 on Thu, 07/18/2019 - 01:50

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Stacy York Lends a Hand to Storey County Seniors
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Why she chooses to work with seniors? “Knowing I am helping someone who cannot always help themselves.” * Stacy York
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Born and raised in the heart of Northern Nevada, Stacy York is filling gaps within our community to better serve those who may need extra resources.

Just under a year ago, my family and I migrated to Virginia City, Nevada. The social aspect of this community is very understanding and welcoming to those who wander through. Through newfound connections in the community, I had the opportunity to meet and interview a very warm-hearted individual. This individual is the director of the local Virginia City senior center. Stacy York is a very talented professional who has successfully begun to fill gaps within the community to better serve our elders.   

Walking — It Does A Body Good

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:56

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“Walking in the forest surrounded by trees and singing birds refreshes and gladdens the mind, body and spirit.”” * Joseph G.
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Walking is so simple, yet so powerful when it comes to maintaining our mental and physical health.
When you’re looking to improve your health, there are endless exercise options — from CrossFit and mountain biking to hot yoga and trail running. But to the surprise of many, walking can be just as effective (and in some cases, more so) at getting us fit — both inside and out — as other forms of exercise.

Five-Star Physical Benefits

When it comes to losing weight, improving cardiac health, endurance, circulation and posture, walking gets five stars. The science supports it, and our Just the Positive (JTP) Facebook community agrees.

Birthday Parties with Extra Meaning

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:54

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“Every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday." * Linda Grace
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The community helps create fun celebrations every month for the families living at the Family Shelter.

Birthday parties are an integral part of growing up. They’re a chance to be special for a day, spend time with friends, eat fun food and of course, get presents. But for some children whose parents are struggling with homelessness, a birthday celebration can be pushed to the bottom of the priority list.

It Takes a Village to Create a Village

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:09

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​​​​​​​“The impact of Village on Sage Street ... created and strengthened vital community relationships, bringing together many groups with a shared vision of a better Northern Nevada and the potential we have to do more good things together.” * Chris Askin
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A unique collaboration of private individuals and businesses, public agencies and social nonprofits have come together to help address Reno’s housing need with the Village on Sage Street. 

A person working full-time for minimum wage in Nevada grosses $1,320 a month. With rents in Reno averaging $1,239, residents in our area are facing untenable housing costs. This is particularly a challenge for members of our community who are elderly, low-income or who have disabilities.

More Than A Feeling

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 07/04/2019 - 18:01

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"Watching my little girl dance to Baby Shark can change the world.” * Steven H.
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While music does have power to soothe the savage beast, it can also help lift us up when we’re feeling down. Read on to learn more about the science (and emotions) of music.

Most of us know the power of music from experience. We hear a song that brings us straight back to high school or a Christmas carol that reminds us of a long-ago family tradition. We also have that one (or maybe more) song that can bring us out of a funk and get us back on track to slay all the items on our to-do list.

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