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Tennessee’s Children’s Hospital Project

By Joni Downey

Characters of Character is an organization with a mission is to provide a firm foundation for children to establish strong civic values. This initiative also donates resources and activity boxes to children’s hospitals across the country, including right here in Tennessee. Joni Downey, the founder of Characters of Character, explains more: Why donations are more […]

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Suicide awareness month: Children and teenagers

By Brittany Farrar

September has long been recognized nationwide as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. The increased rates of suicidal ideation and attempts over the last several decades are alarming, with a 30% increase in the last 20 years. The average individual has experienced mental health distress this year, with COVID-19 ramifications and the rise in police brutality […]

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Finding myself again: how meditation helped with PTSD

By Cameron Harman

After my tour in Afghanistan (2011) I knew that life would never be the same again. A year over there had left me bitter and scarred, not the once happy kid I had been. Now an entirely new challenge was ahead of me being home. My time in war was not as dramatic as the […]

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A Sign of Strength: Stillness

By Virginia Harper

“When we are no longer able to change our situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor Frankle We recognize August as the last month of the summer. The signal that summer is ending used to be the beginning of the school year. As new protocols had to be followed, even that event does not […]

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How to encourage children to behave while wearing a mask

By Joni Downey

For children, the act of wearing a mask (and seeing others wear them) can be daunting. Joni Downey, the founder of Characters of Character, utilizes her Behavior Bear character to share some tips and advice. This is an important message from Behavior Bear! I just want to let you know, I wear my mask wherever […]

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How can you teach your child self-esteem?

By Joni Downey

Self-Esteem Elephant is one of nine Characters developed by Joni Downey, founder of Characters of Character NFP, Inc. The biggest message that Self-Esteem Elephant shares is, “I like ME!” – the perfect message for children to internalize at an early age. Why is building confidence in children important? Building confidence at an early age has […]

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Girls on the run: Inspiring young women everywhere

By Jessica Leonard

Think about the feeling you get after a wonderful workout, or maybe an incredible run where you may have dragged your feet a little bit to start. Or remember a friend in your community cheering you on more than you sometimes cheer for yourself. Those natural endorphins begin to kick in remembering how fantastic you […]

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Float On!

By Carey Ott

“The truth is that the only time I’m happy is when I’m doing absolutely nothing. I don’t understand people who like to work and talk about it like it was some sort of duty. Doing nothing feels like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect.” -Ava Gardner My introduction to floating began about six […]

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How has COVID has changed dating?

By Editor

Dating is complicated in the best of times. Add in mask-wearing directives, social distancing, and fear of a highly contagious virus for which there is no cure, and it makes for a wonderfully confusing situation. But technology has meant the dating process has not stopped. Online dating apps have not only seen a spike in […]

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Make space for positivity in your mind

By Gabby DeLorenze

Welcome to 2020! The year of total disaster! Or is it? Before you flip the page, this isn’t another “be the best version of yourself/everything happens for a reason” article. This is a, “See what you have and use it to provide happiness” reminder. Life is happening for us, not to us. Positivity and optimism […]

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Where are the most dangerous places to catch COVID?

By Editor

There is a lot of conflicting information about the safest places to be during the Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the website CivicMeter surveyed 27 epidemiologists from institutions such as the University of Iowa, Emory University, UNC, University of Massachusetts, and others. The survey focused on two top-of-mind areas: The risks associated with reopening and traveling; and […]

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20 inspirational quotes to keep you going during COVID

By Editor

During difficult times, inspirational messages and words of affirmation can make a huge difference. Here are our 20 favorite quotes to encourage you! “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” Anon “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” Winston Churchill. “That which does not kill us, makes us […]

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