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In honor of Black History Month, we are applauding some of the incredible members of the Black community who spread positivity one Instagram post at a time. Their messages of hope and love are inspirational to all people, regardless of skin color. 

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I study languages. I grew up speaking English and Korean at home, and now I’m fluent in Modern Standard Arabic with the ultimate goal of teaching Arabic to native English speakers. World peace requires a bridge between languages to be formed so that people can understand each other. 

There is, however, one language I do not and will never understand. It’s when people comment on other peoples bodies and physical appearances.

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We’re over a week into the new year and you've likely encountered a plethora of diet ads telling you that happiness can only be achieved through weight loss. I'm calling BS on that idea. 

So often, the prospect of the new year is poisoned by notions of creating a “new and improved” you, as if the person you were on December 31st at 11:59pm was not worthy. Well, you are, and everyone has different desires for the new year, as we should!

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Italians love food. It may sound like a stereotype but trust me, it’s the truth. 

I’d know. I was born and raised in Italy, after all. 

Of course, I cannot speak for all the sixty-million plus people who live on the boot-shaped peninsula kicking the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. But I can speak for all I have experienced growing up in the land where pizza is gourmet food and where mealtimes are almost sacred. 

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How many times have we heard variations of the motto “New Year, New Me,” as we reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead? Admittedly, I am guilty of this mindset too! Each year, I tell myself I’ll save money, meditate when anxious, and spend less time on social media. While all of these are positive and productive resolutions, when I was in the throes of my eating disorder, there was only one (albeit empty) resolution I made each year: to lose weight.

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The notion of ringing in the new year is often associated with starting over and beginning from square one. But, what if instead of starting over, we focus on moving forward and keeping up the fight? For those who are struggling with recovery, the new year can serve as a reminder of how far we have come and remind us of the life we choose to fight for. On January 1st, celebrate the beginning of 2018, but don’t forget to celebrate you!

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The prospect of the new year is rather exciting; it is an opportunity to start fresh and try something new. While everyone deserves a new beginning, especially after the holidays, the thought of New Year’s resolutions brings about pressures and expectations that we have to reinvent ourselves. New year, new you...right? The media has sung the same old song for years, associating the “new you” with a fitness and health guru. 

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Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. Goal: the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Which sounds more appealing?

I’ve never been a fan of New Year's resolutions, probably because it seems that most of the resolutions people tend to make are revolved around changing something about their exterior self that they are not happy with.

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My​ ​body​ ​began​ ​to​ ​shake.​ ​It​ ​started​ ​at​ ​my​ ​core​ ​and​ ​radiated​ ​slowly​ ​outwards,​ ​like​ ​those concentric​ ​circles​ ​you​ ​might​ ​see​ ​in​ ​a​ ​tree​ ​stump.​ ​Or​ ​as​ ​a​ ​rock​ ​falls​ ​into​ ​a​ ​lake,​ ​the​ ​way​ ​each smaller​ ​ring​ ​chases​ ​the​ ​one​ ​just​ ​bigger​ ​than​ ​it.  

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Leon Silvers is a psychotherapist, founder, and director of Silvers Psychotherapy, a group therapy practice in NYC. He specializes in working with clients with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and LGBT issues.

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