Gratitude is the New Black: Hacking into Positive Psychology to Live a Happy, Positive Life
Feb10

Gratitude is the New Black: Hacking into Positive Psychology to Live a Happy, Positive Life

By: Sohana Farhin/SHEC An experiment conducted at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that the single biggest contribution to leading a happy life is showing gratitude to yourself and others in life. Being present in your experiences, taking in all the moments and pausing to show thanks is a significant factor in what makes life worth living. Keeping a gratitude journal to write down what you are thankful for each day is one of...

Losing hair, losing confidence

Stress manifests itself in many ways. During my transition to first year, I worried so much about my grades that my acne breakouts became worse than ever before. I lost ten pounds from eating irregularly and never had a proper sleep schedule. But none of these things particularly worried me: I had concealer for my pimples, breaks in between classes for naps, and losing weight, despite the probable long-term health consequences, was...

Veggie-mania How to make the transition to a green diet
Jan21

Veggie-mania How to make the transition to a green diet

By: Allison Mizzi/SHEC Does one of your New Year’s resolutions include an attempt at becoming vegetarian or vegan? This lifestyle has many potential benefits, but the change requires reflection and careful consideration of your nutrition-related needs. There are many types of vegetarians or vegans. These include lacto-vegetarians, ovo-vegetarians, lacto-ovo-vegetarians, pescetarians, vegans, strict vegans, or anything in between. You...

She gave me healing A McMaster student’s experience with mental health
Jan21

She gave me healing A McMaster student’s experience with mental health

By: Gwenyth Sage I walked out of her room glowing. For the first time in a long time, I smiled a smile borne out of genuine joy. It was my last time seeing Kristy. I had written spontaneous poetry for friends before and wanted to do the same for her. I asked her for a word as inspiration for the poem. She gave me healing. Kristy was my counselor, the guardian angel who selflessly held my hand and led me inch by inch out of the eye of...

Five ways to bounce back from a bad semester
Jan14

Five ways to bounce back from a bad semester

Re-examine setbacks It’s easy to say that you didn’t do well because the instructor was an asshole, but there’s usually something on your end as well. Be critical about your study habits! Sometimes the reason is not as obvious as “I just didn’t go to class and crammed everything in the last week.” Maybe it’s because you’re studying to music with lyrics and you need to listen to ambient sounds instead. One of the best apps around is...

The positive psychology of Christmas
Nov26

The positive psychology of Christmas

After a particularly rough day of classes, few things in life are better than relaxing to the festive croon of Michael Bublé’s voice as he sings all the holiday classics. It’s around this time of year that I begin counting down the exact number of days until Christmas Day, blasting Christmas music around the house on my laptop speakers, and nagging my housemate endlessly about the next time she plans on visiting her home in Toronto to...