Week 24.1

“Headline stress disorder”

In the United States 18.1% of the population suffer from Anxiety and 9% suffer from depression. Science is finding that one of the two main causes for their mental illnesses is News and Social Media.

An Israeli study in Gaza found that those who increased their normal viewing of TV news were 1.6x more likely to develop anxiety.

A new study published in the “Journal of Depression” found that when social media and depression are compared, it was determined that those who used social media the most, were about 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than participants who used social media the least. Finding a direct link between high usage of social media sites and increased depression.

According to some psychologists, exposure to negative and violent media may have serious and long-lasting psychological effects beyond simple feelings of pessimism or disapproval. Mental Health disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome could be lingering effects.


A total of 44.9% participants reported experiencing sadness resulting from the use of social media, while 36.9% participants reported that there was no resulting sadness and 18.2% participants reported that they did not know if feelings of sadness were due to social media use.

Participants (N = 198) reported that there are several potential causal factors of depression that result from the use of social media. These include envy (40.45%), unsettling news (15.73%), exclusion (12.36%), negative posts (12.36%), conflicting views (8.99%), cyberbullying (3.37%), too much time spent on social media (3.37%) and recalling past experiences (3.37%). These results confirmed that social media envy is a potential causal factor of depression & anxiety. Furthermore, it was found that there are additional causal factors resulting from social media use.

My son works at a Mental Health Hospital and in the past week they have had a 40% increase in hospitalizations.

Inside the chaos, build a temple of peace and calm tonight where you can amplify the good and positive in your life and turn off the negative.

“From the fog of despair, hope immerges ridding on the back of fear.” – David Scott

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” ― Joseph Campbell

Try to hold on and enjoy this ride…. Smooth seas never made a skilled sailor. It takes the storms of life to cultivate our inner strength and willpower. The harder you work, the “luckier” you become. Do the work and all is coming.

"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ― William Faulkner

"Your feelings aren't random, they are messengers. And if you want to get anywhere, you need to be able to let them speak to you, and tell you what you really need." ~Brianna West

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda

Sometimes you don’t know what you need in life until you experience what you don’t.

Just because you are right, does not mean, I am wrong. You just haven’t seen life from my side.” Anonymous

“Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.”- Ethiopian Proverb

Stop allowing media to divide us. “Unity is strength, division is weakness.” – Swahili Proverb

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” – Jonas Salk

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” -TOM BODETT

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important things is not to stop questioning.” - ALBERT EINSTEIN

“Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.” - NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin

“The reality of life is that your perceptions – right or wrong – influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.”

When you look down at the earth from space, there are no boundaries or borders. Fences and division are created by humans and only exist because we believe in them. “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite and limitless.”

“Our relationships are a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves.” - Iyanla Vanzant

Getting your heartbroken is scary. Getting dumped is scary. Getting rejected is scary. But nothing is scarier than the knowledge that you could have had great love and you chose the absence of pain instead.”

“If you surround yourself with people who are strong and positive, you are much more likely to see a world of opportunity and adventure.” – Jack Canfield

Just because the war is lost, it does not mean that you must be conquered.

We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. – Dr. Henry Link

Mistakes are often the best teachers. When we listen to them, we grow.

"I've learned more from pain than I could've ever learned from pleasure."

The harder you work, the luckier you will become.

What is your trajectory. If you don’t change direction, you will end up where you are going. “You must not allow your long term goals and dreams to be derailed off track by short term defeats. A stumble can often prevent a fall.” – David Scott

"Success is often just over the next horizon, People often don't fail, they just quit trying." - David Scott

“Happy the person that gets up every morning with enthusiasm and falls asleep with satisfaction in their heart.” David Scott

“You could have grown cold, but you grew courageous instead. You could have given up, but you kept on going. You could have seen obstacles, but you called them adventures. You could have called them weeds, but instead you called them wildflower. You could have died a caterpillar, but you fought on to be a butterfly. You could have denied yourself goodness, but instead you chose to show yourself some self-love. You could have defined yourself by the dark days, but instead through them you realized your light.” - S.C. Lourie