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How to be Happier in 2021: Toss Out Your Usual List of New Year’s Resolutions, Says Study

As we begin a new year, a hopefully better year, many people feel pressure to become a new version of themselves and make drastic changes to their lives. From my experience, making extreme New Year’s resolutions works for a little while, but after some time can become exhausting and many people give up. Richard Ryan, an international expert on motivational research and professor emeritus of psychology at University of Rochester, says that resolutions for the new year can be attached to feelings of animosity, but taking time to reflect on our lives is a good thing to do for the new year. His suggestion for this year is to focus your yearly goals that involve others, specifically helping them. By helping others, it adds to your own well-being, according to Ryan’s co-founded self-determination theory. The basis of this theory is that all humans “have the intrinsic tendency to behave in effective and healthful ways,” and has become one of the most widely accepted theories in contemporary behavior science. A goal to help others satisfies all of the basic psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. In the words of Ryan, “If you want to make a New Year’s resolution that really makes you happy, think about the ways in which you can contribute to the world. All three of these basic needs are fulfilled. The research shows it’s not just good for the world but also really good for you.”




Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts

Web design block 3 took a poll to find out which is the most popular Thanksgiving dessert this year. As the Thanksgiving holiday is on the way, we can’t necessarily go out with our friends because of COVID, but we can still enjoy classic desserts with our families. Here are the results of our poll!… Continue Reading

Summary of DeWine’s 11/11 Update

As the COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high this week, Ohio is in a “critical state” according to Governor Mike DeWine. On Tuesday, Ohio cases hit a record high, surpassing 6,000. DeWine comments on how the hospitals and first responders are becoming burnt out and overwhelmed with this new case flow as hospitalizations increase. Since… Continue Reading

New Invasive Species Found in Florida

Recently a strange new bug was spotted in Florida- eating seagrape, a plant native to Miami Beach. Rachel Warren, as she was taking a walk with her daughter, saw the strange chewing patterns on the leaves. Warren is a nature photographer and has spent enough time in Miami Beach to know something was weird. After… Continue Reading

First CEC Meeting of the Year!!

This past Wednesday, October 29, the CEC Club had its first meeting of the year. It was super exciting to finally meet outside of school again! We did a scavenger hunt around the Kenston campus with the windmill, the rocks, and the Kenston Giving Garden as some popular destinations for clues. It was a little… Continue Reading

NHS Induction Ceremony 2020

This Wednesday, October 15 was the 2020 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for the incoming juniors to the program. As an NHS tradition, each year a current member gives an induction speech for a new member. The speeches usually include the inductees’ attributes and accomplishments that earned their entry into the program. Another long standing… Continue Reading