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Vice President Kamala Harris Embraces This Moment In History

My Father, My Lord: Sandy Walker, Publisher

Each moment of each day I am reminded that I am here but for the grace of God. Each breath I take is truly a blessing, as life such a precious gift. Father I thank You for the blessing and the gift of my life. You are such an awesome and amazing God. I pray today Dear Lord for those who are hurting and suffering in any way. During these challenging and uncertain times there is much loss and pain, but Father You are the healer, and You are the comforter. We need healing and comforting now. I pray for the children as they adjust and adapt. I ask Father that You help them find peace of mind in whatever circumstances come their way. Lord, I pray as well for our elderly. Though they have seen and experienced much over the years the current reality is upon them during the most vulnerable time of their lives. Help them to remember that You have always been and You alway will be there for them. Father in spite of it all my heart is filled with great expectations for the future. Thank You for this day and for the days to come. ---AMEN

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The Elephant Rope A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs. As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all. Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape. The trainer replied; “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.

Moral of the story:

No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

Black And Latinx People Benefit From Free 7-Month Virtual Coding Class Reskill American’s Tuition-Free Tech Training Accepts the First 1,000 Participants by March 7, 2021

Reskill Americans is launching tuition-free online software development training for historically underrepresented minorities throughout the U.S. Unlike other coding programs, Reskill Americans is solving the problem of access by eliminating typical barriers to entry such as tuition cost, prior software development knowledge, or other educational requirements.

Reskill Americans enables scaled-up access to tuition-free training in the U.S. by customizing a proven, low-cost online training model. HNG Tech, the African online training and virtual internship platform, has enrolled 25,000 students across Africa into various software development specializations. HNG Tech has secured sponsorships from Google, Slack and GitHub and has partnered with Oracle and Figma.

The inaugural program begins March 15, 2021, and is accepting 1,000 participants who enroll by March 7, 2021. To “My instructors were really good people who wanted to get an opportunity to launch a career in tech, enroll at Re- explain things to me,” said Ore Ogundipe, who completed skillAmericans.org. HNG’s program and is now a software engineer for Azure at Microsoft. “I learned things from that period that I still “We want to live in a world where the minority represen- apply every day in my job.” tation in the tech sector mirrors its representation in the U.S. population,” said Femi Akinde, Co-Founder of Reskill Reskill Americans is a diverse group of tech executives that Americans. “To address this, we’ve created a software train- each have more than 20 years of experience in the industry. ing model that scales up access to thousands of underrepresented racial minorities to help them build a career in this “Unlike most open online courses, our participants will get growth industry.” lots of individualized support: they are assigned a mentor to guide them through the program and there’s a low stuTraining Provides Participants Required Skills for Software dent-to-instructor ratio,” said Mike Koss, Co-Founder and Development Jobs CTO. Mike was a founding developer for some of Microsoft’s most iconic programs in the 1980s, and focuses on Participants can learn from anywhere, at any time, as long curriculum and mentorship at Reskill Americans. as they stay on track with weekly assignments. The program includes mentorship and provides participants the follow- About Reskill Americans: We are a nonprofit that provides ing: tuition-free software development training, mentorship and community to historically underrepresented racial miVirtual internship experiences norities across the U.S. We eliminate traditional barriers Portfolio of work to show your future employers to access so that aspiring tech professionals with no prior Skills needed to apply for tech internships and jobs experience can enroll in our rigorous, instructor–led onTailored instruction for relevant programming languages line program. Participants who complete our seven-month for all skill levels program are prepared for a career in technology, equipped with internship experience, interview skills, and a portfolio to show future employers.

Miami-Dade Commissioners Make History with Most-Ever Black Commissioners on Board

What to Expect After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Common side effects On the arm where you got the shot: Pain Swelling

The five black members of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC) are proud to be recognized for the historic significance of having the highest number of Black commissioners ever seated at the same time on the BCC. For the first time since its founding in 1836, Miami-Dade County is represented by five Black County Commissioners—Vice Chairman and District 1 Commissioner Oliver Gilbert III, District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 3 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, District 8 Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, and District 9 Commissioner Kionne McGhee. Together, these esteemed commissioners are committed to represent the diverse and emerging needs of all of the County’s Residents, Businesses, and Visitors. The Commissioners issued this joint statement: “We are proud to stand on the shoulders of those that came before us. We want every little boy and girl in our great community to know that they can achieve greatness, and that their voices matter. Together, we are black history.”

Throughout the rest of your body: Fever Chills Tiredness Headache Helpful tips If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot: Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area. Use or exercise your arm. To reduce discomfort from fever: Drink plenty of fluids. Dress lightly. When to call the doctor In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider: - If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours - If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days Scheduling your second shot? If you need help scheduling your vaccine appointment for your second shot, contact the location that set up your appointment for assistance. For questions or if you are having trouble using vaccine management or scheduling systems, reach out to the organization that enrolled you in the system. This may be your state or local health department, employer, or vaccine provider.​

Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Reared in a predominantly African American neighborhood of Berkeley, she was brought to civil rights demonstrations as a toddler and sang in a Baptist choir. Harris’ mother, Shyamala, emigrated from India to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she met Harris’ Jamaican-born father, Donald. Shyamala carved out a career as a renowned breast-cancer researcher, while Donald became a Stanford University economics professor. Her mother also ensured that Harris and her younger sister, Maya, maintained ties to their Indian heritage by raising them with Hindu beliefs and taking them to her home country every couple of years. Harris’ parents divorced when she was seven years old, and at age 12 she moved with her mother and sister to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She learned to speak some French during her time in Quebec and demonstrated her burgeoning political instincts by organizing a protest against a building owner who wouldn’t allow neighborhood kids to play on the lawn. Harris attended Westmount High School in Quebec, where she founded a dance troupe with a friend. Returning to the States to enter Howard University in Washington, D.C., she was elected to the liberal arts student council and joined the debate team, en route to a B.A. in political science and economics. Harris then enrolled at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, earning her J.D. in 1989. After earning admittance to the State

Bar of California in 1990, Harris began her career as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County. She became managing attorney of the Career Criminal Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in 1998, and in 2000 she was appointed chief of its Community and Neighborhood Division, during which time she established the state’s first Bureau of Children’s Justice. In 2003, Harris defeated incumbent Terence Hallinan, her former boss, to become San Francisco district attorney. Her accomplishments in this role include the launch of the “Back on Track” initiative that cut recidivism by offering job training and other educational programs for low-level offenders. However, Harris also drew criticism for adhering to a campaign pledge and refusing to seek the death penalty for a gang member convicted of the 2004 killing of police officer Isaac Espinoza. Harris continued her political ascent by narrowly beating Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for California attorney general in November 2010, making her both the first African American and the first woman to hold the position. She quickly made an impact in her role by pulling out of negotiations for a settlement from the country’s five largest financial institutions for improper mortgage practices, eventually scoring a $20 million payout in 2012 that was five times the original proposed figure for her state. The attorney general also made waves for her refusal to defend Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot measure that was deemed unconstitutional by a federal

court. After the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an attempt to appeal the ruling in 2013, Harris officiated the first samesex marriage in California since Prop 8 was initially enacted. Additional accomplishments include a successful lawsuit against the false advertising of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain, as well as continued legal pursuit of the classified advertising service Backpage, which led to its CEO pleading guilty to facilitating prostitution and money laundering after Harris moved on to the Senate. In November 2016, Harris handily defeated Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for a U.S. Senate seat from California, thereby becoming just the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to enter the Senate. Harris has since joined the chamber’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on the Judiciary and Committee on the Budget. She has supported a single-payer healthcare system and introduced legislation to increase access to outdoor recreation sites in urban areas and provide financial relief in the face of rising housing costs. Harris has also made a name for herself from her spot on the Judiciary Committee, particularly for her pointed questioning of Brett Kavanaugh, who faced accusations of sexual assault after being nominated for Supreme Court justice in 2018, and of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a 2017 hearing that delved into alleged collusion between the Trump team and Russian agents. On January 21, 2019, during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day interview on Good

Morning America, Harris announced she was running for president in 2020.

operations director that became public via The New York Times.

One of the top Democratic candidates, Harris joined a field that already included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a bid to push President Donald Trump from the White House after one term.

In early December 2019, Harris announced that she was ending her once-promising presidential campaign.

One week after her GMA announcement, Harris formally kicked off her campaign before an estimated 20,000 supporters at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California. She remained near the top of the Democratic polls over the following weeks, withstanding the brouhaha that ensued when she admitted to smoking marijuana in a February interview, and another when an animal rights activist confronted her onstage at a political event in June. Harris stood out as one of the top performers of the first Democratic primary debate in late June, garnering headlines for taking Joe Biden to task over his history of opposing federal busing for school integration. She found herself a target of attacks during the second debate the following month, with Biden and the rest criticizing her healthcare plan and aspects of her record as California attorney general. Her support in the polls slipping by fall 2019, Harris sought to thrust herself back into the top tier by calling for the impeachment of Trump over his dealings with Ukraine and a focus on women’s access to reproductive health care. Meanwhile, her campaign staff reportedly bickered over strategy and the chain of command, the dysfunction noted in a resignation letter from the state

On August 11, 2020, presidential hopeful Biden announced that he chose his former rival Harris as his running mate. “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden said. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with [my son] Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.” “I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief,” Harris said. Harris is the first Black woman and person of South Asian descent to be nominated for a national office by a major party. She is also the fourth woman in history to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket. One week after a highly contentious debate between Biden and Trump, Harris and Mike Pence engaged in a far more civil vice presidential debate on October 7, 2020. Still, Harris kept the heat on her opponent by repeatedly attacking his administration’s handling of the coronavirus, which had resulted in more than 210,000 American deaths to that point, as well as Republican attempts to ram through the confirmation of Supreme

Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett shortly before Election Day. Harris also pushed back against Pence’s assertions that a President Biden would ban fracking and immediately raise taxes, and defended her own record as California attorney general. On November 7, 2020, four days after election day, Biden was declared as the 46th president-elect after winning Pennsylvania, making Harris the first female vice president and first Black person and Asian American to hold the position. That evening, a beaming Harris took the stage at a victory rally in Wilmington, Delaware, her suffragette white pantsuit a nod to the efforts of her predecessors. Harris thanked the voters, her running mate and her family, with a special acknowledgment to her mother. “She maybe didn’t imagine quite this moment,” the vice president said. “But she believed so deeply in America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women — who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment — women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.” On December 14, 2020, all 538 electors in the Electoral College cast their vote, formalizing Biden’s victory over President Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Biden received 306 votes and Trump received 232. (Source: Biography.com)

Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35–64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Nearly half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

You Could Be at Risk Many of the conditions and behaviors that put people at risk for heart disease are ap-

pearing at younger ages: High blood pressure. Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke. High cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and/or obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels. Smoking. More than 35 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day.3,4 Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease. Other conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include:

Trust your heart to Baptist Health. The true leader in cardiovascular care. At Baptist Health, we love your heart as much as you do. That’s why we combine the quality care you need with the personal touch you deserve to deliver the cardiovascular treatment that’s most beneficial for you. Everything from prevention to diagnostics to minimally invasive heart surgery is delivered here by collaborative teams of doctors utilizing the latest technology to enable the best outcomes for our patients. Our goal is to help our patients live healthier lives so they can be there for what matters most. When it comes to cardiovascular care, you can count on Baptist Health.

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Obesity. Carrying extra weight puts stress on the heart. More than 1 in 3 Americans— and nearly 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19—have obesity.5 Diabetes causes sugar to build up in the blood. This can damage blood vessels and nerves that help control the heart muscle. More than 1 in 10 people in the United States have diabetes.6 Physical inactivity. Staying physically active helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Only 1 in 4 adults meet the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week.7 Unhealthy eating patterns. Most Americans, including children, eat too much sodium (salt), which increases blood pressure.8 Replacing foods high in sodium with fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure. Only about 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits and vegetables each day.9,10 A diet high in trans fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increases the risk factor for heart disease.

Inclusive. Celebrating heritage. February is Black History Month. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate Black Heritage — the great struggles, achievements, and contributions by African Americans. It’s a time to rededicate ourselves to year-round inclusiveness — to bring all of us closer as a community here in Miami-Dade County, and throughout the United States. At Jackson Health System, we celebrate the heritage of our patients, nurses, doctors, and staff of all backgrounds. Our diversity is a firm foundation for the future and underlines our commitment to deliver compassionate care to all in need.

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To Serve Others, Open Your Eyes By Pastor Rick Warren

“Look out for the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24 NCV). If you want to serve people through ministry, you need to slow down and observe the world. It helps you be sensitive to the needs of other people. If you wanted to take a cross-country trip, you’d have several options. A plane would get you there fastest, but you wouldn’t experience much of the country. You could take a train or even a car, and each would give you opportunities to see even more. But if you really wanted to take in as much as possible, you’d walk. That’s because the slower you go, the more you see. The Bible says, “Look out for the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24 NCV). Ask God to give you spiritual radar for people around you who are hurting emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Maybe you were born with this gift. You automatically sense when people around you are in need. It’s not that you’re more spiritual than the rest of us. You’re just wired that way. Unfortunately, that doesn’t describe all of us. Some of us have something like spiritual ADD. It’s easy to get distracted. It’s easy to be task-focused. It’s easy to be insensitive to what’s happening around us. But if you care, you’ll be aware. It’s not always easy to see the needs of other people, especially when you’re too busy and have an overloaded schedule. But it’s an important part of serving others in need. God wants you to help others. Ask Him to show you where you’re focusing on the wrong things so you can remove them from your to-do list. What people do you pass every day who are sometimes more difficult to notice? When you keep your eyes open, what new opportunities do you see to help one of those people? How is ignoring the needs of others also a way of ignoring God? What are some simple ways you could adjust your schedule so you aren’t overloaded and “too busy” to see the needs of people around you? ~From A Living Hope - 07-30-2019

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.” WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN? A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca - age 8 “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe with them.” Billy - age 4 “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy - age 6 “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri - age 4 “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny - age 7 “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen,” Bobby - age 7 (Wow!) “There are two kinds of love. Our love. God’s love. But God makes both kinds of them.” Jenny - age 8 “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle - age 7 “Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” Tommy - age 6 “During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore,” Cindy - age 8 “My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare - age 6 “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine -age 5

What doctors wish patients knew about pandemic fatigue At this point in the pandemic, people are tired of being cooped up due to restrictions on indoor gatherings outside the home. They are also tired of wearing masks, physical distancing, being away from family and friends, and increasingly fed up with the “new normal” routines. People are experiencing a type of burnout that experts are calling COVID-19 fatigue, which can lead to careless behaviors and a sharp rise in cases.

you’re dragging through the day and it’s hard to find the pearls in the mud,” said Dr. Lambert. Additionally, “if you have increased isolation from loved ones, co-workers and people who you used to have bonds with, burnout and fatigue can make you feel like those things aren’t really worth it anymore.

“Then, probably the most noteworthy one, at least for me as a professional, is a sense of ineffectiveness in life,” he said. “Those three things make a really Two AMA members took time to dis- dangerous combination because it can cuss how doctors can best help patients make your fatigue turn to maladaptive overcome COVID-19 fatigue and stay behavior.” safe. They are: - Carl Lambert, MD, assistant professor of family medicine and director of the Family Medicine Leadership Program at Rush University Medical Cen- “Mental health has been suffering and ter in Chicago. it’s partly that loss of social connection, - Anna Yap, MD, a third-year resident but it also stinks to be inside all the in the UCLA-Ronald Reagan/Olive time, and it makes sense that COVID View emergency medicine program. fatigue is hitting,” said Dr. Yap. “This Dr. Yap is the previous member-at- is a completely normal thing to expelarge of the AMA Resident and Fellow rience, so if you need to seek mental Section Governing Council, and the health care resources, do that too.” current AMA Senior Digital Fellow. Drs. Lambert and Yap are also mem- “I don’t want patients to feel silly—it’s bers of the AMA Ambassador Pro- a very common phenomenon,” said gram, which equips individuals with Dr. Lambert. “We just have to figure the skills and knowledge to confident- out how you navigate this in a way that ly speak to the AMA’s initiatives and you stay strong and resilient and that the value of membership. The program you don’t do anything that’s reckless also increases overall awareness about for yourself or the people around you.” what the AMA does for physicians and their patients.

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Here is what these physician experts had to say.

Recognize signs of COVID fatigue

video games, so I still have that sense of community there,” she added. “Finding a way to still establish community with somebody or some folks somehow electronically is important.” Discover eight coronavirus tips that doctors wish patients would follow.

Maintain hope

With COVID-19 fatigue, “you’re tired in your soul—emotionally, psychologically, socially, spiritually, you are just tired and not motivated,” said Dr. Lambert. “To get out of that fatigue, maintain hope that things will get better.” “That feeds into what’s happening nowadays with the vaccine and all these other avenues that are providing hope,” he said. “If there’s anything that you can do to maintain hope, that’s really the way to go.”

Create a schedule

With “COVID fatigue you feel like a dog that’s just paddling in the pool, not really knowing where you’re going,” said Dr. Yap. “When you lose those routines in life, you lose a lot of your momentum and the feeling that you’re growing.”

“As humans, we like to have something we’re moving towards and when we don’t even know when the end point of something is, how can we move toIt is important to “find ways to stay wards it?” she said, adding that one way connected,” said Dr. Yap. “For me, I’m is to change from pajamas into clothes lucky in that I like playing computer or move from the bedroom to the livgames and I have friends who I play ing room to “help you feel like you have some sort of change that you’re computer games with. experiencing throughout the day.”

Find ways to have community

One aspect is “being excessively tired despite adequate rest. Even if you’re “We’re on voice chat together and getting eight hours, you just feel like talking to each other while playing

Focus on what you can control

good things you are doing.” “It really comes down to: I’m showing up, I have compassion in my heart and I’m doing the best that I can,” he said. “Even if we’re in a world right now “Even though we’re fatigued, there are where it seems like everything is just some things that we should still be lost and turned upside down, pick one grateful for.” or two things that you have control of,” said Dr. Lambert. “For me, personally, that’s been my fitness. My wife and I made a little gym in our kitchen and that was our workout space. Patients should also “be careful with “We would put it on our calendars, and social media,” said Dr. Lambert. “Even we knew despite our schedules there as a doctor, I have to be careful or I can was a half-hour block that we could be guilty of doing the scrolling where I control,” he added. “It’s about having start looking at the bad news.” hope and then also saying: OK, the decisions I’m making now are going to “Be careful about how much social make me more resilient and stronger media you consume and then go into sources that, again, will provide you for when this pandemic is over.” hope,” he said. “That could be limiting it, going to select pages or just having someone that you’re accountable to as far as how much you consume.”

Set boundaries for social media

Practice positive affirmation

“We’re literally doing the best that we can, and we don’t always give ourselves credit—we tend to move towards the negative,” said Dr. Lambert, adding that it is important to “think about the

Continue to follow preventive measures

While there are COVID-19 vaccines, they are 94% and 95% effective, which means there is still a 5% chance for infection. It is also unclear whether vaccination prevents transmission. This is why wearing a mask remains important. “We want this to come to an end and we know that the best way to do that is to do it in a safe and measured manner,” said Dr. Lambert. “That comes with proper education and just following the science. “Even though you got the vaccine, there’s still that window where you’re susceptible to becoming infected with COVID-19,” he added. “Until everybody gets vaccinated, we probably can’t loosen up our mask-wearing” or physical distancing, said Dr. Yap. Written By: Sara Berg Senior News Writer

Please Celebrate Yourself— Even During a Global Pandemic It’s not selfish.

It’s sort of shocking how several terrible things can happen at once. You can feel grief from the actual pandemic and have car trouble, too. You might hear the latest coronavirus figures on TV, only to discover that your neighbor passed away from an illness unrelated to COVID-19. On any given day, civil unrest, economic insecurity, and the coronavirus pandemic exist near things like lousy weather, menstrual cramps, and Sunday Scaries.

to happen when we celebrate with others or even just ourselves.

So, given all that life throws at us on any particular day, my recommendation might seem trite (but it’s not). You’re allowed to celebrate the good things—even when they happen during this challenging time.

It’s well-documented that capitalization—or sharing and celebrating good news with others— has positive benefits for you. But if you’re concerned that celebrating yourself out loud might make others feel bad, there’s a small 2015 study published in The Counseling Psychologist that examined the benefits of celebration on the listener. Researchers asked 39 college students to celebrate at least one bit of good news a day (and then they were asked not to the following week). Though the sample size was small, researchers used about 794 instances of celebration in their analysis. What did they find? When the listener celebrated with the person sharing good news, they reaped positive emotional outcomes, too. While this study is way too small to make sweeping conclusions, I hope it provides a little hint that being openly happy about your good fortune won’t automatically hurt others. You don’t have to keep good things locked inside.

Maybe you’re getting married, or you’re having a baby. Perhaps you bought a house, switched jobs, or got a promotion. All of these can be mixed bags, especially during the pandemic. But they’re also all things you might feel genuinely thrilled about. I know it can feel like you need to tuck good news away out of respect for others, but celebrating yourself is appropriate, too. Why? Well, for starters normalizing all of your emotions doesn’t only include the bad ones. In a SELF essay about finding joy during the pandemic, Ryan Howes, Ph.D., says that our complicated feelings are valid. “It’s okay to feel some moments of happiness right now. It doesn’t make you a monster,” Dr. Howes explained. “Actually, it can be really helpful. We all have to figure out how to get through this in a way that’s emotionally sustainable over the long run.” That extends to savoring even the small good things that happen during this time, if you can. (And it’s completely valid if you can’t.) In fact, it’s instrumental in helping cultivate resilience—the ability to adapt and work through negative experiences. As SELF previously reported, we can develop resilience by leaning into our support systems, practicing gratitude, accepting our emotions, and even laughing—all things that tend

So, in the interest of radical emotional honesty, I encourage you to lean into celebrating when good things happen. Call up a friend, host a small Zoom party, share with your group chat—experience your joy authentically, and let others share it, too.

Of course, you’ll want to make sure you’re sensitive in your celebration (i.e., maybe don’t immediately share your promotion with a friend who has just lost their job). And, if a friend is having a tough time celebrating with you, give them some grace if they need to disengage. Overall, though, my advice is to celebrate your good news as it happens. Celebrate in a way that feels most appropriate to you, And while no one would begrudge you if you decided to keep good news limited to your gratitude journal, sharing your joy might give other people a reason to smile. To Serve Others,

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