7 Daily Habits That Will Turn You Into an Optimist

Stuck seeing the glass half empty? Truth be told, a lot of us are. Being a pessimist is far too easy because focusing on the negatives seems less difficult than finding the positives. However, being a Negative Nancy can have some serious consequences. Research has found that pessimists are more stressed, less happy, and less healthy than their optimistic counterparts.

A 2015 study found that optimists were more likely to eat healthily, keep a healthy BMI, exercise regularly, and not smoke. It was also found that they had healthier blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

Large study finds higher rates of early substance use among children with ADHD

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 23, 2017 - A new study published online in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) engaged in substance use at a younger age than those without ADHD and had a significantly higher prevalence of regular marijuana and cigarette use into adulthood.

Opioids Are Now Responsible for 1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults

In 2016, one in 65 deaths in the United States involved opioids — and among younger adults, that number skyrocketed to one in five, according to a new study. Data has shown for years that deaths involving both prescribed and illicit opioids are rising sharply. They’ve nearly doubled since 2009, and have infiltrated all genders, demographics and geographic areas, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

Back to the Basics: Finding Balance

Rarely can you open a legal newsletter or magazine without seeing an article specifically geared toward work/life balance and/or tips for maintaining sanity in the ever demanding legal environment. I've read these articles, participated in the corresponding seminars and discussions, and it's made me reflect on this topic and its presence in the legal field. Why does this discussion reoccur frequently amongst attorneys? My honest thought-because lawyers aren't that good at it. But I think we really want to be. You can't entirely blame us, we have demanding careers where day-in and day-out it's difficult to maintain a work balance, let alone a balance of life outside of work.

Fentanyl, Teens, and the Deadly Consequences

The dangers of the prescription pain medication fentanyl came into the collective public eye when Prince suddenly passed away due to an overdose last April. Fentanyl is the strongest prescription opiate pain killer on the market and is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Research has shown that as little as ¼ milligram of fentanyl can lead to a fatal overdose.1 To put that into perspective, a standard ibuprofen tablet contains approximately 250 mg, which is 1,000 times the amount of the fentanyl dose that could take a person’s life.