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10 powerful mantras to help you when you're down

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own happiness. Sometimes it's easy to be happy, but the challenges of life often make happiness seem elusive. One way to keep going even when things are difficult is to think positively. Mantras can help. Here are 10 phrases to motivate and lift you when you're feeling down.

October 23, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom calls out Toys R Us for selling fake drugs with 'Breaking Bad' action figures

Susan Schrivjer, a mother from Fort Myers, Florida, has created a petition against the popular toy store Toys R Us for selling action figures of the characters from AMC's "Breaking Bad."

October 23, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Ask a therapist: How to find a good counselor

As a therapist and as owner of The Marriage and Family Clinic in Denver, CO, I get a lot of calls from people who want to set up appointments. Sometimes, people call just to set up an appointment and don't have many questions. Other times, people call because they've had a bad experience and want to change counselors. And, sometimes, people call just to get information.

October 22, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Have a soda — and a 50-minute run

A researcher who has spent four years calculating the calorie burn that juice, soda and other "treats" would entail believes people would make better food choices if they knew the truth: If you drink a soda, then you'd need to run for 50 minutes to burn the calories off.

October 22, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Harnessing what happens when curiosity lights up the brain

Arousing a person's curiosity lights up the brain in ways that appear to enhance both learning and memory, according to researchers at the University of California at Davis, offering help to parents and teachers as they work with children.

October 22, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

3 reasons why “because I said so” is the wrong answer

As a parent, it can be exasperating when your kids question your authority. You have a set of rules and you expect them to be followed, but there's no avoiding the inevitable question, "why?" In fact, you're lucky if that's all the defiance you get. In a more likely scenario, you might find tantrums, shouting matches or maybe even threats to run away.

October 22, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

GOHS offers '5 to Drive' for teen driver safety week

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is marking National Teen Driver Safety Week by encouraging parents of teen drivers to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

October 21, 2014 | Staff report | Local

State jobless rate dips to 7.9 percent

ATLANTA - The state Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 8.0 percent.

October 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business

Room for agreement for Barrow, Allen

STATESBORO - During Thursday night's debate in Statesboro, Republican challenger Rick Allen and the Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, came out verbally swinging, each accusing the other of misrepresenting his own and the other's past and positions.

October 21, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Georgia's elected

Annual fair rolls into town

A crowd lined Laurel Street on Monday afternoon for the annual Effingham County Fair parade.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

Hudson, well-traveled flag find a home at Moon River

The flag has been in Trenton Hudson's go bag all across the globe.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Cagle pays a visit to ECCA

The Effingham College and Career Academy has continually expanded its programs and enrollment since opening in 2010, and Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle sees many more good things ahead for the school and its community.

October 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Studio, IDA close to finishing deal

The master plan, development schedule and supplemental agreement between Moon River Studios and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority could be approved as soon as Thursday evening.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Savannah man dies in Highway 21 wreck

A Savannah man died after crossing the center line and causing a four-vehicle crash Thursday on Highway 21 near Highway 275, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

School system taking comments on 2015-16 calendar

Effingham County's 2015-16 school year would start Aug. 6, end prior to Memorial Day, take spring break the last week of March and have Veterans Day as a holiday, under a calendar school system officials have proposed.

October 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

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Here's 4 great movie sisters

Last week, I wrote an article about great movie brothers. In the interest of not excluding half of the population and some more terrific movies, here is a follow-up article about great movie sisters. I hope you enjoy!

August 18, 2014 | Dylan Cannon Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The original cast of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:' where are they now?

It's been almost 25 years since the world was given its first ever, live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie.

August 18, 2014 | Travis Poppleton Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Brain's reactions to symbols suggest we're hard-wired for God — or not

Reactions to visual depictions of Satan or of a Christian cross may be a product of education, but they also are conditioned deep in the brain, a new scientific study reveals.

August 18, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

'Love nuggets' campaign launched to help strengthen relationships

Maintaining a strong relationship takes a big effort, but British charity OnePlusOne is on a mission to teach people that it is the little things that make relationships last.

August 18, 2014 | Emily Hales Deseret News National | Hot Topics

A well-being question: Why you should never make your daughter diet

Girls who diet are more likely as adults to suffer certain health consequences, according to research introduced at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior in Seattle.

August 18, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

A new Cheerios ad shows that dads aren't bumbling fools — they're superheroes

From Homer Simpson to Modern Family's Phil Dunphy, incompetent fathers are everywhere in the entertainment and media industries. Cheerios' new ad campaign wants to change that.

August 17, 2014 | Emily Hales Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Looking for the rainbow after a storm

Most days I read a newspaper and, on convenient nights, my husband, Grit, and I watch the news. Lots of bad stuff happens. The bigger the "wow" factor, the more coverage stories get. The more shocking the stories, the more we watch and think, "Wow, sure glad that wasn't me!"

August 17, 2014 | Sherry Young Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Christians respond to '50 Shades of Grey' trailer with 'Old Fashioned' film

Valentine's Day celebrations boost business for flower shops, candy stores and romantic, candlelit restaurants. In 2015, the box office is also expected to enjoy increased sales on Feb. 14 as couples choose between the controversial "50 Shades of Grey" and the recently announced, faith-based "Old Fashioned."

August 17, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Best budgeting tips for newlyweds

I married an accountant. Yes, I've heard all the jokes, but I lucked out and married an accountant with a great personality. Still, I didn't realize exactly how frugal he was. Like most couples, we have had to compromise on money matters throughout our marriage. Our financial house is in order, and there are several things we've done that have helped us stay on a firm financial path. If you're planning a wedding or newly-married, these 7 tips will help your "ever after" be happy.

August 17, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Helicopter parenting across the class divide

Parents in well-to-do Bethesda, Maryland, don't love their children any more than parents in cash-strapped Cabin Creek, West Virginia. But the latter group of moms and dads are likely to spend less time reading to their kids or chauffeuring them to "enriching" extracurricular activities.

August 17, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

3 easy tips to keep gadgets from interfering in your marriage

I remember when I got my first cell phone. My parents gave it to me when I was a teenager. "It's for emergencies," they told me. It was big and bulky and so it stayed in my car's glove box most of the time where no one could call me. And I liked it that way.

August 17, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Lying: the natural order of things

A few years ago, my colleagues and I did an experiment to test what induces people to lie - or tell the truth. Click here (registration required) to see the full experiment.

August 16, 2014 | Joseph Grenny Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The attention gap: Why did we forget about the kidnapped Nigerian girls?

In late April, news hit American audiences that the 300 girls at a Nigerian school had been kidnapped by the now-notorious terrorist group Boko Haram, and outrage ensued - headlines, hashtags, celebrity outcry.

August 16, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Dinner with the kids matters, but how do you get the conversation rolling?

Research says the family dinner is a very good thing, but when you're sitting around the table, how do you get the conversation rolling? It's a challenge that books and newspaper articles are starting to tackle.

August 16, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The American Dream: is it getting out of reach?

According to a recent analysis done by USA Today, the American Dream carries a price tag of $130,000 a year. The annual breakdown includes essentials like groceries at $12,659, a 4WD SUV and other associated vehicle costs at $11,039. Extras include things like vacations, entertainment, internet and cellphone for a combined total of $17,009. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, as quoted in the USA Today article, only 16 million U.S. households - one in eight altogether - earned enough to qualify.

August 16, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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