Occupational therapy grad strives for a community where everyone can thrive

Juanita Gnanapragasam plans to use her career to help people achieve good health and wellness

Occupational therapy grad strives for a community where everyone can thriveJuanita Gnanapragasam isn’t the type to restrict herself to one interest, to study just one topic. She believes her varied passions and expertise will figure in her work toward her career and life goal – to build a community where everyone can thrive. She knows now that she doesn’t have to limit herself, something she…

Ready to learn how to be calm under pressure?

And putting a stop to those negative thoughts that seem to be overwhelming you

Ready to learn how to be calm under pressure?It’s been a tough week. I get it. And you’re caught up in a relentless loop of doomsday dwelling. Perhaps feeling that doom-and-gloom mindset has taken up permanent residency. But what if someone told you you could control your thoughts (your brain) and put a stop to those negative thoughts that seem to be overwhelming…

How to maximize the meaning in our lives

There’s nothing more significant than living with meaning

How to maximize the meaning in our livesThere’s nothing more significant than living with meaning. This is the concept pondered by the Jewish psychiatrist Viktor Frankl as he struggled to remain alive for three years in Nazi concentration camps. Frankl established the groundwork for his psychological theory on the importance of finding meaning in life before he was sent to Auschwitz. He…

The willingness to fail is key to success in sports

Accepting that you can fail leads you to handling failure during a competition

The willingness to fail is key to success in sportsAs an athlete, coach and sports fan, I’ve long been enamoured with the subject of confidence in sports, more specifically, how you get it and maintain it. I’ve been equally enamoured with the phenomenon of choking in the sports arena. Why do our minds sometimes sabotage our efforts to perform well by feeding us self-doubt…

The best medicine? Humour can be a double-edged part of grieving

Can be a trigger for both grief and healing in people coping with the loss of a loved one

The best medicine? Humour can be a double-edged part of grievingWhen Donna Wilson pulled up to visit her aunt and uncle on their farm near Eatonia, Sask., a few years ago, she came across a comical scene: Her uncle Doug was running around the yard chasing turkeys. The birds kept jumping up on his dog and he was trying to shoo them away with a broom. It’s…

Helping young learners bounce back from COVID disruptions

Literacy lessons tailored to early grade-schoolers with reading difficulties show promising results

Helping young learners bounce back from COVID disruptionsAs educators around the world assess how school disruptions and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic have affected students, a project led by a University of Alberta researcher is showing that targeted interventions can help make up for learning loss among students with reading difficulties and set them up for educational success later on. George…

Positive self talk an excellent way to raise your spirit

A positive substitute to negativity and pessimism

Positive self talk an excellent way to raise your spirit“I should stop watching the news.” My husband and I utter this phrase several times a week and have been doing so since late March 2020. Sure, we’re curious what the weather is doing, but the daily bombardment of headlines designed to alarm and provoke us has become something to be avoided. Each headline seems…

Conflict Coach: I’m doing the work and he’s taking all the credit

It’s important not to lose your cool. A public outcry can leave you looking like an angry toddler

Conflict Coach: I’m doing the work and he’s taking all the creditFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

The path to gold could be steep for Olympic favourites this year

High expectations and lack of crowds among the many pressures athletes will face at this year’s Games

The path to gold could be steep for Olympic favourites this yearTeam Canada walked into the National Stadium in Beijing for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday – but it’s not just another day at the office for these elite athletes. They’ve trained and prepared for every eventuality, but the Olympics is unlike any other sporting event. “The Olympics is a circus.…

Brain science and theatre background provide a unique perspective

Professor's experimental approach explores science, technology, society and the environment

Brain science and theatre background provide a unique perspectiveFor Yelena Gluzman, science and theatre have much in common. And she’s intimately familiar with both. That makes her a great fit as the newest addition to Media and Technology Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, where she’s teaching a new course on the interrelations of science, technology, society and environment.…
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