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When you can’t forgive, forget; when you can’t forget, accept…

…But whatever you do, try not to vent.

When an ex-boyfriend broke up with me two years ago, the time I didn’t spend crying and listening to Adele, was spent recounting all of his repulsive and annoying tendencies to my friends.

When I wasn’t making fun of his terrible fashion sense or that unfortunate “surfing accident” scar (cough cough, it was really just a birthmark, cough cough), I was waging my own personal war against his new girlfriend. Venting about my failed relationship had become an addiction that I just couldn’t kick.

I thought that venting about my problems would make me feel better at the time, but looking back on it, my venting just brought about more bad feelings. According to a study at Kent University, those who vent about stressful events in their lives can actually do more harm to themselves than good in getting those feelings out.  “Venting is not an effective strategy for anyone trying to cope,” said Ohio State University professor Brad Bushman in an article by TODAY Health.


Autumn is my favorite season. But aside from the great fashion, delicious food and the beautiful landscapes, it has one extreme downside: it’s the beginning of flu season.

I hate being sick. Seriously, I would rather have both of my arms broken and have to walk around wearing two casts instead of being confined to my bed. So, in lieu of walking around campus waiting to be infected, I recently got my flu shot.

If you only ever decide to take my advice on one thing, let it be this: always get a flu shot. Now, this obviously won’t apply to those who are allergic to the shot itself (sorry about that, by the way; it must be torture having to wait in anticipation to contract the yearly flu), but if you can get it, I suggest that you do.

However, if you can’t get the shot or just don’t want to, you can still protect yourself from the weeks-long sickness by taking preventative measures. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are six main steps one can take to prevent the flu from taking over your body, and even to treat it if you’re one of the unlucky sufferers:


Have you ever wondered why some people just always seem happy, while others, well, don’t? I have this friend who is in a good mood all the time. I’m not kidding. Got a bad grade on an exam? That’s okay, she’ll do better next time. Boyfriend broke up with her? It wasn’t meant to be, she’s better off. Cat died from feline leukemia? It lived a good life up until the end. Personally, any of those situations would send me into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s head first, but not her. She’s just… happy.

While it seems unfair that some people are just born happy and others aren’t, it’s unfortunately true. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles have found that a certain gene can actually predict one’s sense of optimism and self-esteem. The oxytocin receptor gene is at the center of this research.


Okay, here’s the situation: you’re out to dinner with friends and it’s time to order. Your friends all end up ordering before you, each telling the waiter what they want. They’re all deliciously unhealthy, like a burger and fries. It’s finally your turn to order. Initially, you planned on getting a salad, but the stuff your friends ordered just sounds so good.

So, what do you do? Do you order a salad, or do you cave and get that burger? We’ve all been there, and it’s okay if you ordered the burger. But, recent studies show that what your friends eat can directly affect what you eat, and it’s not always in a good way.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a Harvard study that followed groups of friends for 32 years. Basically, the study found obesity to be a type of “communicable disease,” in that it can spread from person to person. Now, I’m not saying that obesity is something you can “catch,” like a bad cold or the flu, but being friends with an obese person can greatly increase your risk of becoming obese as well.


Your palms are sweaty, your head is spinning, and you can’t even bear to look at food.  Think you’re coming down with the flu? Think again. You’re probably just in love.We all know love can make you crazy. Whether it’s checking Facebook, jumping at the sound of your text message alert, or vowing to physically harm anyone who is even remotely a threat (okay, maybe that last one is just me), we’ve all been there. But aside from these psychological drawbacks to love, there are also physical maladies that can be brought on by your own romantic happiness.

The most significant effect being in love has on your body is the increase in adrenaline. Though it may be slightly lower than the amount of adrenaline pumping through one’s body as they’re trying to lift a car off of someone, the extra adrenaline in your body can throw your whole system out of whack.


Coffee. The word alone can perk up the drowsiest of college students, but this deliciously addictive pick-me-up’s resume lists more than just keeping you awake during that boring lecture. For those of you who add an extra 20 minutes to your walk to campus just so you can get your tall, nonfat latte, coffee has been making quite a name for itself in the news recently.

In September alone, coffee has been found not only to decrease regular drinkers’ risks of developing skin cancer, but also to cut the risk of depression in women, and reduce the risk of potential strokes. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? Well, the good news doesn’t stop there.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, coffee has plenty of other health benefits, including decreased risks for: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and types of dementia.


You’re walking home from a night out on Marshall St. with your significant other–or a very beneficial friend, or even a person you just met (no judging)–and they’re looking at you with those come-hither eyes.

You both lean in for an innocent (let’s face it, probably not-so-innocent) kiss, and when your lips finally touch, the last thing you’re both probably thinking is, “hmm, I wonder just how many germs we’re exchanging right now.” Just in case you’re newly curious as to how germ-infested those kisses are for future reference, the answer is: very.

Aside from the obvious infections transmitted through saliva-swapping like, mono, strep throat and cold sores, there’s another disease that can be added to that list: Cytomegalovirus. According to a 2009 study in the medical journal, Medical Hypotheses, however, the Cyto-virus (which is what I’ll be calling it from now on), is actually quite beneficial, and could even be deemed as one of the reasons for those late-night lip-locking sessions.