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You know that feeling when you’re carrying a huge load of laundry, and a sock falls out? And then you reach down to pick it up, and a t-shirt begins to fall out? And then, as you scramble to stop the t-shirt from falling out, your pile of clothes combusts and you’re just standing there, defeated, with a pile of clean clothes sprawled across a dirty floor?


Well, sometimes life feels like that.


Luckily, if college has taught me anything, it’s how to get through [almost] everything.  


Meeting a friend for lunch, FaceTiming my parents, and/or hitting the gym are ways I can instantly clear my head and boost my mood. Additionally, UMass has free and effective resources available to students that lend a helping hand when life seems to be handing you lemon after lemon.  


One of these resources is the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), which offers short-term individual, couples, family, and group therapy in addition to behavioral medicine and psychopharmacological services. The other day, I called CCPH and learned that they have helped more than twenty percent of UMass undergraduate students.


Twenty. Percent.


That’s a substantial percentage. And that doesn't even include students who don't know about CCPH or students who know about it but haven't utilized their services for one reason or another. The fact is that life can be hard sometimes. It doesn't matter who you are, what your support system looks like, or what your stressors are.  


With that in mind, remember to be kind. Little things like saying thank you, holding the door for someone, and most importantly, smiling. Spread good vibes by smiling has the ability to turn someone’s day around! I remember one day last winter, I was having a really bad day. I had just taken an impossible exam, walked to Rec only to realize I didn't have my sneakers, and shattered my phone screen on the ground. I was speed-walking back to my dorm, cold and on the verge of tears, when this girl from one of my classes — a girl I barely talked to — drove by and slowed down beside me to offer a ride!  This small act of kindness restored my faith in humanity (which had temporarily been lost). More importantly, though, it put a huge smile on my face and allowed me to be a pleasant presence for my roomie when I got back to my dorm.


So, moral of this blog post: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

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