Weekend Reading | Mar. 4

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

‘Scared and scary’: how trauma changes a child’s brain

“Certain parts of their brain function, but other parts shut down. The more threatened you are the more primitive you become in your behaviour and your thinking and how you view the world,” says Dr Perry.

Can the Love of a Dog Be As Powerful As an Anti-Depressant? 

It’s not a secret that our dogs bring us joy. But it’s more than that— numerous studies cite physiological benefits. People with pets get sick less and recover faster. Pet interaction tends to lower anxiety levels in subjects, and thus decrease the onset, severity, or progression of stress-related conditions. Furthermore, it is thought that the reduction in blood pressure achieved through dog ownership can be equal to the reduction achieved by changing to a low-sodium diet or cutting down on alcohol. (So get a dog and drink up, woo!)

Apologizing Helps Adults Repair Relationship with Young Kids

University of Virginia (UVA) investigators found that apologies are important even to children who are six or seven years old, an age when they are undergoing dramatic and important changes in cognitive development.

BONUS: Take the Apology Language Quiz.

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