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A Mom Study

A story on this morning’s news caught my attention, especially since it’s the day after Mother’s Day. Welch’s (yes, the jelly company) did a study of 2000 women who are full-time mothers of kids aged 5 to 12. After they crunched the numbers, they determined that those moms actually work what amounts to 2.5 full-time jobs, averaging fourteen hours a day and working from 6:23 in the morning to 8:31 at night. All without a paycheck.

Something to think about when we hear someone accuse stay-at-home moms of being too lazy to get a “real” job or too self-indulgent or just plain lucky that her husband works so she doesn’t have to.

It’s OK if You Forget

As we get older, we worry when we forget things. “Is my mind going?” we ask ourselves. “If I was younger, I’d remember where I put my keys.”

Not necessarily. There’s a reason we forget things. And it has nothing to do with age.

I don’t often recommend a Ted Talk, but this one, by Lisa Genova, really explains what’s going on in our brains, why it is we remember to start dinner early and forget where we put the keys. Listen to How Your Memory Works–and why forgetting is totally okay.

Two Rules for a Happy Life

Today’s Thursday Thought quote/picture boils down achieving a happy life to just two principles:

How Mentally Healthy is Your State?

This is Mental Health Awareness Month. It got me thinking about how our country is doing along these lines, especially after more than a year with Covid-19. I ran across this map — Prevalence Of Mental Illness 2021 — and thought I’d share it with you. The map itself is color-coded to show the mental health status of each state. In addition, it gives the ranking of each state, in general, for adults, and for youths. I also found the Rankings in Care interesting. You might want to take a look.

Are You Sick of Highly-Paid Teachers?


(For teachers everywhere: Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day!)

What We Change

I don’t know who said this (it was sent to me), but today’s Thursday Thought makes a whole lot of sense.

De-Stress Your Monday (and Tues. and Wed….)

Feeling depressed and stressed-out?  The cure, according to BBC Earth and UC Berkeley research, is watching nature documentaries. They call it “The Real Happiness Project.”  You can read the report at  But the upshot is that such documentaries really brighten women’s outlooks, and young people (16-24)   greatly reduce their stress, fatigue, and nervousness by watching nature clips. In general, most people turned away from negative emotions (sadness, fear, stress) and toward positive ones (joy, happiness, contentment).

Researchers say it points up the interconnection of humans to the Earth.

Okay, it’s Monday, the saddest day of the week.  So, brighten up with this clip:

Ducks & Bread

Kids and adults both like to toss out bread to the ducks and watch them scramble toward you to gobble up the goodies. Be sure you understand what you’re doing, though. This Sensible Saturday blog explains it from a duck’s point of view:

Warning About Mental Health Apps

This is important information from Consumer Reports for anyone who has ever used or may use a mental health app. Please read it and consider joining their workshop on April 27 at 4:00 Pacific Time (1:00 Eastern).

The privacy policies used by mental health apps don’t always make it clear to users what kind of data could be shared, or how it could be used. In fact, our own testers found that many of these apps are sharing your unique smartphone ID with several companies, including Facebook.

During the webinar we will be introducing people to how apps share data with a slew of other companies, and why those practices can give rise to privacy concerns. If you’ve ever wondered how apps use your personal information, and what you should be considering when you are thinking about using a mental health app, this workshop is for you!

If you want to know more, please RSVP now for our virtual workshop. If you can’t make it, RSVP anyway and we’ll send you a recording of the workshop afterward for you to watch when you have the time.

Also, if you can, please spread the word about this workshop to your friends and family — particularly if you know someone who is using, or considering using, a mental health app.

I hope to see you on April 27th at 1pm ET/ 10am PT.

Alan Smith
Consumer Reports

A Timely Thursday Thought

Today’s Thursday Thought quote is particularly apt for this day:

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. – Marshall McLuhan

Happy Earth Day!