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FROM THE DESK OF Ty Wilson Well, we are now over a month into 2020. If you made New Year’s Resolutions, the experts say you will have given up on them by now. Hopefully that is not the case. I myself do not make New Year’s Resolutions because I do not think you should wait to start attempting to improve or do the things you need to do, it is a yearlong, and in my case a lifelong, challenge. I know, easier said than done. That said, we are rolling into the shortest month of the year. This is year a leap year that only comes once every 4 years. February is also known for Valentine’s day. A day where we provide little gifts for the ones we love. February also gives us the Super Bowl for football fans. It features the two best professional football teams and fun, interesting commercials, which are often better than the game itself. It is a great time to spend time with your friends and celebrate the end of the football season. We will be winding down winter soon and spring is next up.
DO YOUR KIDS KNOW ABOUT GRIT?
HOWMINDSET SHAPES YOUNG FUTURES
Growth mindset, the idea that achievement is due to hard work and effort and not just natural ability, is a hot concept these days. With an abundance of research from Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth, science has a lot to tell us about how children learn and why teaching the value of effort is the most essential tool parents can give their children to succeed. Follow these three tips to raise your children to adopt growth mindsets.
Be a role model.
The No. 1 predictor of whether a child will have a growth mindset is whether or not their parents have growth mindsets. So much of what we do is learned by example, and that includes how we perceive our own ability to learn. Duckworth helped popularize growth mindset by assigning it a catchy sobriquet in her book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” She also developed a “Grit Scale” that measures how well you embody the trait. If you want to test your own growth mindset, take the free self-assessment at AngelaDuckworth.com/grit-scale. Knowing whether you tend to value hard work and learn from failure or rely more on natural ability to achieve results, also called a fixed mindset, can guide how you model a growth mindset for your children.
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Praise effort over success.
learning the material necessary to do the problems. Conversely, children with fixed mindsets were more likely to cheat if given a test on the hard material in the future because they only valued the right answer, not the learning process.
This information alone was enough to improve their grades, but students in the control group, who had no knowledge about neuron growth, experienced plummeting grades. Dweck even cites a kindergarten class in Harlem, where students entered the school year not knowing how to hold a pencil correctly but, after a full academic year in a growth mindset-centered classroom, tested in the 95th percentile on their national standardized test. What differentiates people who go on to achieve at high levels in all fields? It’s their willingness to work hard and exercise what Duckworth calls “grit” in sticking to their goals and dreams. Researchers like Dweck have the proof. To turn your home into a growth mindset hotbed, make sure you are modeling the characteristics of a growth mindset yourself. Praise your child for their efforts, strategy deployment, and perseverance. And if you see your child giving up too easily, remember this: Grittiness is a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned. Get “gritty” yourself, and don’t give up!
Children, like adults, need feedback and praise, but our instinct is often to focus on celebrating their successful completion of a task rather than their effort. That’s a dangerous trap. In her studies, Dweck found that when a computerized math game was tweaked to reward effort, strategy use, and perseverance more than simply giving the right answer, children played longer and went further in the game. In a different study, when first graders who demonstrated growth mindsets were given problems that were slightly too hard to complete, they expressed excitement about
Teach a growth mindset.
The good news is that a growth mindset can be taught. While modeling and providing consistent reinforcement are essential, you should also teach your kids that obtaining skills through hard work and effort is crucial. In one study, students learned about new, stronger neural connections that formed every time they pushed beyond their comfort zone.
The human brain is an incredibly powerful organ. It solves complex problems, recalls forgottenmemories, and triggers a dizzying array of emotions. But its most incredible power is the effect it can have on the rest of the body. When it comes to love, well, our brains certainly love it, and our bodies reflect that. Less Stress Human beings thrive on a sense of connection and belonging, and studies have shown that love actually has positive effects on a person’s physical health as well as mental. The security and commitment felt in a loving relationship are shown to reduce stress by stunting the production of cortisol, the body’s stress-inducing hormone. Less stress means lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, and a lower risk of stroke, especially inmen. Healthier Immune Systems Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that calm, happy people can fight common colds and the flumore easily than those who are anxious or depressed. The physical benefits of love even go as far as healing wounds quicker. Small injuries inflicted on a wide test group at Ohio State University CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE? The Secret to Living a Longer, Healthier Life
Medical Center healed nearly twice as fast on people who experienced consistent warmth and care than those who experienced hostility. In fact, the latter group needed almost a full additional day to achieve the same amount of healing as the first group. Longer, Happier Lives Being surrounded by love may even save your life. A statistic from the National Health Interview Survey states that single people face a 58% higher risk of mortality. Further bolstering that claim is the Harvard Health Blog, which claims happily married participants experience better health as they age when compared to peers in unhappy partnerships. In fact, the blog asserts,“People in stressful, unhappy marriages may be worse off than a single person who is surrounded by supportive and caring friends, family, and loved ones.” So, it seems the results are in: Loving someone is a healthy lifestyle choice. Even having a strong network of friends and family boosts your odds of living a long life by 50%. So, get out there andmake the healthy choice for yourself and those around you by leading a life full of love.
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Studies show that 1 in 10 Americans lives with chronic pain for more than one year. When you’re in pain, you seek a way to cope. Some might attend regular physical therapy appointments to find the source of the pain and resolve it. Others might ignore the pain and adapt their lifestyle to avoid making it worse. Either way, the body continues to sustain real damage with these adaptations, which compounds pain and can make things worse. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean healing is a lost cause. Somatic exercises can offer a solution to long-term pain sufferers. Dr. Thomas Hanna taught the first class on somatics in 1990. He had discovered a disconnect between the industrialized world and healthy, pain-free living. Many people in industrialized countries have accepted pain as a natural part of aging and don’t understand that the body can heal from everyday pain and ailments. Somatics involve short, hands-on movements to correct the body’s posture and mobility, which can then stimulate proper healing through further movement and therapy. The technique retrains the brain on proper movement, function, and positioning to align your body and your mind so you can heal instead of just living with pain. Connecting Mind and Body HOW SOMATICS CAN OFFER HEALING FOR LONGTIME PAIN SUFFERERS
Take a Break! You don’t have to live with pain. Healing is possible, and somatics may help you get on the road to recovery. To learn more about this therapeutic technique, visit Somatics.org or talk to your physical therapist. Somatic exercises come in two forms. The first method is done with the help of a physical therapist — or in some instances, a massage therapist — who pinpoints the areas of tension and guides you through hands-on exercises that relieve the pain and align the body. The second method involves exercises patients can do at home according to their physical therapist’s guidance.
Easy Shrimp Scampi
INGREDIENTS • 4 tbsp butter • 4 tbsp olive oil •
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1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup lemon juice 8 oz cooked linguine
1 tbsp minced garlic 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup parsley
DIRECTIONS: 1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp of butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. 2. Add shrimp and oregano, stirring frequently until shrimp is pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. 3. Add wine and lemon juice to skillet and bring the mixture to a boil.
4. Stir in remaining butter and olive oil and cook until butter is melted. 5. Add cooked shrimp to skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. 6. In a serving bowl, top cooked linguine with shrimp mixture. Garnish with parsley and serve.
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Inside This Issue From the Desk of Ty PAGE 1 How Mindset Shapes Your Child’s Future PAGE 1 The Effects of Love on Your Physical Health PAGE 2 Don’t Live in Pain Any Longer With Somatics PAGE 3 Easy Shrimp Scampi PAGE 3 Take a Break! PAGE 3 Learn All About Leap Year PAGE 4
LEAP INTO 2020 Facts About the Leap Year
Like the Olympics and presidential elections, leap years only occur once every four years, which is why many people look forward to Feb. 29. But there’s a lot that youmight not know about this quirk on the calendar. Why To keep the calendar in sync with Earth’s orbit around the sun, an extra day is added to it every four years. Earth takes exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to orbit the sun. Those extra hours add up over time, so another calendar day becomes necessary. But a leap year doesn’t occur every four years. Adding that extra day still doesn’t quite keep Earth on track, so the calendar skips leap years that occur during century years not divisible by 400. For example, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 won’t be. Who The odds of being born on Feb. 29 are 1 in 1,461. That means that of the roughly seven billion people in the world, only about five million of them are“leaplings.”The number of leaplings currently living in the U.S. is roughly 187,000. Some famous leaplings include motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule, and singer Mark Foster of Foster the People. However, the most famous leapling is probably Superman. When you invent a super-being, youmight as well give him a super-birthday.
Where Anthony, Texas/NewMexico (a single town that straddles the two states’ borders), claims the title“LeapYear Capital of theWorld.”The city throws one massive birthday party for all leaplings but invites everyone to join the celebration. Two leapling neighbors fromAnthony began the tradition in 1988, and it’s blossomed into a festival with thousands of participants every four years. It includes banquets, hot air balloons, a carnival, concerts, parades, andmore. When you have four years to plan in between each shindig, there’s time to go big. Celebrate this leap year by doing something unusual or new. It’s a special day that doesn’t occur often, somake the most of it by doing something you’ll talk about for another four years.
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