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Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone,

I feel like I haven’t seen you in forever, I’m glad we are going back to normal tomorrow, starting school and a new quarter, I hope you are all prepared for the new challenges ahead and I hope I can support you as much as I can.

Still, I’m grateful about this short break because I had a bunch of things to do and I was able to do them all. I saw a lot of you outside of school this weekend, and I’m so grateful that all of you are so friendly and nice all the time. It makes me proud of you,  because when I see you outside of school I notice that you are yourself all the time when you are here in school, and we should know not everyone is comfortable in their school, not everyone is able to be themselves in school. I’m grateful you are and you should be grateful you are too.

Lately I’ve noticed I need a little extra help with a couple of things in my life, I’m grateful I have someone to ask for help, not only my family and friends, but also my psychologist, that is always available to me and it’s willing to do his best to help me. Knowing how much he helps me is something I’m grateful about because it also shows me how I can improve while doing my job, because I want to make sure you all know that there is someone here to help you, even if it isn’t me.

In other news, I’m reading a new book that I love, I haven’t read a new book since July and I was sad I wasn’t making the time and effort to have a positive habit, but I’m back on track. I’m grateful this shows me how habits require effort, they are not magic.

Last but not least, I’m very grateful my mom is going on vacation, she needs it but overall she deserves it (I’m of course grateful about the things she’s going to bring me from vacation)

I can’t wait to see you,

Ms. Gaby Di Muro

Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone,

First I want to talk about the weekend, it was awesome to get so much support from so many of my friends, I’m thankful I have the time and place to see and be with my friends, and I’m thankful about the friends that I have. Also, one of my friends said I make the best coffee, I’ll take that as a win.

Last week I think I was able to manage my time a little bit more efficiently. I’m thankful I have a supportive system here at work, and I can always ask for help.

I’m looking forward to the weekend, I have plans with my mom. I’m thankful we can hang out and forget about everything.

For this week, I want to be organized and I want to not stress out so much when things don’t go my way. Wish me luck! And I want you all to have a great week.

Finally, I’m very grateful my neighbors cat likes to hang out at my house.

See you around,

Ms. Gaby Di Muro

 

 

How Social Media Can Affect Your Mood 

A close friend engages in a yearly media detox, where for a period of time he limits his time and activity spent on the Internet. He only answers e-mails requiring an immediate response, spends few minutes reading current news and avoids engaging in social media, shopping online or perusing gossip and entertainment sites. Another friend goes on annual eight-day meditation retreats and turns off her phone for her entire stay. Both report that these periodic breaks significantly improve their moods.

Past research supports their personal experience and shows that while many of use social media to feel connected to others, it can also leave us feeling frustrated, lonely and depressed.

A study recently published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior offers context to these earlier findings and suggests that when we are feeling blue we use social media sites, such as Facebook, to find friends that are also having a bad day, suffered a setback or going through a tough time in their lives.

During the experiment, researchers gave participants a facial emotion recognition test and randomly told them their performance was “terrible” or “excellent” to put them in positive or negative moods. The individuals were than asked to review profiles on a new social networking site. The profiles used dollar sign or heart icons to make users appear successful and attractive or unattractive and unsuccessful. All profile photos were blurred and the status updates were relatively mundane and similar in tone. PsychCentral reports:

Overall, the researchers found that people tended to spend more time on the profiles of people who were rated as successful and attractive.

But participants who had been put in a negative mood spent significantly more time than others browsing the profiles of people who had been rated as unsuccessful and unattractive.

“If you need a self-esteem boost, you’re going to look at people worse off than you,” [Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, PhD, co-author of the study] said.

“You’re probably not going to be looking at the people who just got a great new job or just got married.

“One of the great appeals of social network sites is that they allow people to manage their moods by choosing who they want to compare themselves to.”

Lia Steakly

Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone,

On this weeks gratitude journal I bring you the top things that I’m grateful for: first, let’s start with the most important things, my family. Last week was my grandma’s birthday and this weekend we got to celebrate it, so obviously, I’m grateful because my mom made cheesecake, and spending time with my family (including the cats) of course, while eating the cheesecake.

I had a good week, it had some ups and downs, but the ups were a lot more important than the downs, and it helped me stay positive. I recieved a lot of support from coworkers and friends, but the thing I’m most grateful about is that I recieved a lot of support from my students, which also helped me realize I have to keep working on my stress management and work load management, which I’m also grateful for.

I’m very grateful because a new Jerry Seinfeld special came out, and he’s one of my favorite comedians, so that’s one thing I’ll be doing on Sunday, I hope I don’t scare my cats with my laugh (it has happened before)

I have a lot of things I want to accomplish this next week, I hope I have the energy and attitude to achieve them and I hope you have goals for yourself this week, and whatever you need, I’m here for you.

See you around,

Ms. Gaby Di Muro

 

Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone,

This past week was crazy and amazing. We did so many things. I’m grateful because it was helpful because I realized that I need to improve how I manage my time in order to do everything I need to do, and not stress out about it. You see? There isn’t a perfect formula for time management, organization and doing things right, we always need to adjust and improve how we do it when faced with different challenges.

I’m grateful about the time I spent with my family over the weekend, it was my grandmother’s birthday and next week we are going to have a family lunch, so yay! (because this means I get to spend more time with my cats)

I’m grateful because whenever I feel like I don’t see my friends enough, I get to spend time with them. Even if we don’t see each other all time, when I need it they are there for me and that’s something that will never stop surprising me.

Of course I’m going to talk about the picnic on Friday, my STUCO team was AMAZING, also, the tequenos. I had so much fun I can’t wait for the next one. Also, I’m excited about Spirit Week!

Finally, this week I have to do a lot of adult things, I’m scared, but also grateful I get to do it and learn from it and grow a little bit more. So wish me luck!

See you around,

Ms. Gaby Di Muro