Family Dinners

Today’s words market is insanely over-saturated - these being no exception. When writing or sharing something for public consumption, I endeavor for the content to be: Quality - fun and/or interesting facts or observations Heavy on the data, light on the opinion Enriching – offering a tip, strategy, or CTA that enriches the reader  This vehicle , worth a look over, draws an important correlation between Family Meals and the well-being of adolescents. Eating dinner together as a f...

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Take Action on World Mental Health Day 2022

Our wonderful EQ for children curriculum writer, Pam McNall, founder & owner of Respectful Ways, has offered this value-packed blog, Easy Ways To Support Students on World Mental Health Day 2022. The content is befitting for Charity Bomb's mission to help children build mental muscle to navigate their way to happy, healthy and successful lives. Included in this blog are mental health signs to look out for and how to support children with suspected mental health issues. *Later this week, ...

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The Big Chill: Cold Therapies for Children and Adults

The human body is wild. The brain and the gut, our two internal command centers, ceaselessly conspire to attack and eliminate anything in the environment that might disrupt our stasis. The Pharmacological State would have most believe that their product(s) are the magical cure-all, essential to healing whatever ails us. But if you quiet your mind enough, you will hear your body scream in protest, as it works overtime to clean up that crap from your system. The truth is that nature is the mira...

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Hemisphere Synchronization: Brain Obedience Training

The goal of these antidotes and strategies like meditation, yoga, and talk therapy, is to reclaim control of your brain. Some of us will remember our old friend, Sig Freud and his Id, Ego, and Superego theory. Collectively, these components comprise our personality. Before we even begin to navigate the complexities of human relationships, we must recognize that the journey starts with the relationship we have with our “self”, the Ego. Only you can hear the sanctimonious and often unsavory so...

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WIM HOF BREATHING

The “Iceman,” Wim Hoff, is a Dutch motivational speaker and Dutch super-athlete, noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures. He has set Guinness World Records for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice, and previously held the record for a barefoot half marathon on ice and snow. In other words, he is a badass. He’s also incredibly affable, as evidenced by his elevator pitch, “Wanna get rid of stress and pain? Don’t hold your breath…” Watch a ...

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Comfort For Those Mourning Death of a Loved One

Written after two NDEs (Near Death Experience) In the summer of 2010, when Madina Lake was on break from touring, I intervened in a domestic dispute on the streets of Chicago. I rescued the girl, but has my skull cracked open and was dispatched to a coma for several days. I flatlined twice throughout the life-saving brain surgeries and I wrote this after I woke up. I hope you enjoy it: Letter for a Friend,  This is a confluence of what I know to be true about life, and subjective asser...

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Music Therapy for Children and Adults

Charity Bomb is a music-centric organization. Nathan (Charity Bomb co-founder, twin brother, singer for our band Madina Lake) and I were avid music fans long before we ever wrote the stuff. When we listen to a number that rocks our world, you can almost experience the neurons cruising through our frontal lobes and creating the desired emotion before heading south to the amygdala, where the experience actually and literally, changes our physiology. It came as no surprise to us that Music Therapy...

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REAL Skills For a BETTER Self

Is that old trauma giving you grief?   Say “hello” to EMDR, your surprisingly effective, get-well-quick therapy!    If Therapy is Your Map, EMDR is Your Vehicle.   Charity Bomb is steadfastly focused on arming our young minds with the emotional skills they need to succeed in all avenues of life, while avoiding the pitfalls of addiction, bullying, suicide, and depression, as you know. But as the old airline safety routine that nobody pays attention to, instructs, we ...

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BONES UK: EARTHWALKERS

We had been camping, and the weather was not on our side. Not sure how long we were there for. Might have been hours, might have been days. Around 2 am we heard a noise outside the tent and managed to get enough energy to pursue this mysterious sound. When we got outside, we found a group of locals in hazmat suits around a campfire. So..... we showed love in the the only way we know how. Music. Our playing wasn’t perfect and our eyes weren’t exactly white. But it was nice to share a memory ...

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Earthwalkers for Your Mental Well-Being: A Gratitude Letter to BONES UK

“Your music literally saved my life.” As a musician, the profundity of hearing such an obligingly assembled collection of words from a listener is immeasurably gratifying. But the true beauty of this experience achieves my favorite of all the circumstances, our dear friend, the 360 wins. I love reciprocity. This is why I, and we at Charity Bomb connected with BONES UK instantaneously. The listener paid forward, for me, the debt that would ultimately come due to BONES UK. Their art and music...

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The Hidden Heroes of the Pandemic

Okay, so maybe we are a bit biased at Charitybomb since we are literally HERE for the kids, but we wanted to take a moment to give some real credit to those we believe are the unsung heroes of the pandemic- the students of our country.  Here in my area of Illinois, and in many parts of the country, students, including my own 3 teenagers, have not seen the inside of a real classroom since March.  We are now in the middle of December.  I can barely wrap my head around that fact and what that wo...

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The “Why” of Charity Bomb

THE ORIGINS OF CHARITY BOMB & WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO From Executive Director & Founder, Matthew Leone I thought it was as good of a time as any to take a step back to reflect and share the “whys” of Charity Bomb. Before I send you into the abyss of my winding tale, I want you to know the three main things I have found to be scientifically proven and that I hope will also prove to enrich your life. My ultimate goal is to create generations of socially and emotionally intelligent huma...

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Mental Health Resources – Loving Yourself and Your Family through the Anxiety

If you are feeling more anxious and stressed than ever, know that you are not alone by a long shot.  Of course it is no wonder that stress levels are at an all time high during a pandemic, but how can we cope? What can we do to help our children, our grown ups, and ourselves deal with these overwhelming feelings ? How do we make sure to focus on mental health and self-care during this trying season? Our team has collected some helpful mental health resources linked below to be used in your h...

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It’s All About Perspective

Is it just me or does it seem to be especially obvious in the last month how strange these times actually are?  As school goes “back in session”, sports have begun again with no fans, and the political environment becomes more and more heated, it seems a bit on brand with a twilight zone episode.   It’s sparked a lot of thought in me and discussion with others about perspective. We all know this is not our ideal world but if we can force ourselves to think of some positives or even l...

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Back to School (ish) ??

Staying Socially and Emotionally Healthy in the 2020/2021 School Year So the last few months have been no walk in the park, but with many of us around the country, the summer weather has at least provided some welcome distractions from what life is looking like these days. Although we are remaining hopeful and even thankful for what the future can bring us, even the sunniest outlooks are feeling a bit dim with the reality of what school is looking like this year. It’s a reminder for many of...

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Just the Facts Folks..A Study on Emotional Intelligence

You probably already know that social and emotional intelligence is an increasingly important topic.  Our hope is that emotional intelligence (EQ) will eventually be given as much focus as traditional intelligence (IQ) in our school systems. It's certainly an important focus for our country, especially during this tumultuous year. Check out the 2018 study linked below from our partner Six Seconds as further proof of the importance of EQ. Key points to note from the deck: In the pa...

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What Will You Bring With You?

Most of us have experienced a big move in our lives and in my opinion, the best part of a move is going through old things and purging what you no longer use or need and starting fresh in a new place.  There’s something so energizing about finally letting go of things that no longer serve you.  We’ve all seen tough and scary times recently ,and it’s been a weird world for a few months.  Strange and uncertain times may still be coming in the months ahead as well, but it’s tempting t...

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Children’s Reading List for Emotionally Intelligent Learning

It's not always easy being a kid, especially in the year 2020. We've gathered a reading list that we think your whole family will love, especially the little ones. These books will tackle important issues like self confidence, making friends, the impact of kindness, and how to deal with different emotions and worries.  You won't mind reading "just one more book." Add these touching and beautiful books to your family collection and keep building awesome humans! CHARITY BOMB’S RECOMMENDED EQ R...

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Young Adult Reading List

Being a young adult is always going to come with obstacles, but this year has been filled with unusually immense challenges . We've curated a list of titles to not only help entertain and unwind, but to also assist kids with issues of anxiety , self confidence, overcoming adversity, and accepting differences. Unplug and enjoy! Young Adult Reading List For Emotionally Intelligent Health  Recommendations from Trusted Educators,  Professionals and Parents link to amazon list here:  https://...

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Charity Bomb Covid-19 Response

At Charity Bomb, we are continuing to interview the top experts to offer parental guidance on how to speak to your children about COVID19 to mitigate ongoing fears and anxieties about the scary virus that is keeping everyone home-bound or isolated in some way. Please connect with us on Facebook @charitybomb, Instagram @charitybomborg and/or click our home page above for useful posts, links, and videos. Charity Bomb recommends to those who have been confirmed to have had the virus: Donate ...

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Raise Your Hand

“I feel like I’m drowning.” I’ve heard these words from the mouths of three different people this week, all whom I would consider strong, positive beings. One of those mouths was my own. Getting hit with wave after wave of tough news and the frustration of no clear answers has been hard to take for some of us. What can you do if you feel that YOU are supposed to be the life raft of the family, of your work team, or of your friend group? You get brave. I’m not talking about the kind ...

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Stop Thinking!

STOP THINKING! On average, humans think between 60-80,000 thoughts per day. That’s up to 3,000 per hour. Of these, 95% of them are the same thoughts you had from the previous day, and before that, and so on, and so on. Here’s the kicker; 80% of these thoughts are negative! We are subconsciously peppering ourselves with a negative feedback loop on a constant basis. Science has established the connection between the mind and body. Scientists, as a sweeping generalization, have an aversio...

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So .. This is Getting Kinda Brutal

It was easier when this started. We were perhaps hopeful this would blow past in a few weeks. We were energized by the idea of a few quiet weeks at home to reflect and to have some time off from our crazy life . There was some adrenaline in thinking ..”We’ve got this!”, “Great! This is the perfect opportunity to (fill in the blank)”. Now a few weeks has become months for some . Bad news is coming at us rapid-fire now with the death rate and job losses. This journey is hitting us all w...

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