Free Online Learning

As we continue to practice physical distancing, we can take this time to be productive by learning a new skill or enhancing skills we already have. This could include:

Learning Microsoft 365

Learning a language

Improving your typing skills

Taking a college course or learn almost anything online

Remember, learning can be fun, too. If the above topics seem too dense, there are options to learn a large variety of subjects. There is even a Dog Emotion and Cognition course on Coursera!

Happy learning!


Recipes to Try While Sheltering in Place

Are your frequent walks to the kitchen while working from home not satisfactory? In this article you can find some links to check out if you are looking to diversify your meals or pick up cooking or baking as a new hobby. If you are new to cooking, try watching YouTube videos to learn basic skills.

You probably already have most of the ingredients needed for bread. Here is a link to 15 different types of bread you can try making.

Here are recipes for some famous foods that have been released. Highlights include Disney’s Dole Whip and churro bites recipes.

Recipes with 5 ingredients or less can be found at this USA Today link. has a page specifically devoted to Quarantine Cooking. These recipes are based on foods you might already have in your freezer or cupboard.

Cooking can be fun and maybe this is the time to spend more hours in the kitchen or learn new skills!



Highlights of the Week

This week:

We celebrated the 50th annual Earth Day

San Diego firefighters donated $57K to local group - Read Here

Some Good News aired their Prom 2020 episode for students missing their high school prom - Watch Here

Two dozen pilots to perform 'thank you' flybys for San Diego hospital workers - Read Here

And, as we all have adjusted to Zoom life… here is a guy who imitates every type of Zoom user - Watch Here

If you’re looking for more of this positive content, check out the Good News NetworkUpworthy, and Good News from Today.


Mental Health and Recovery Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness in San Diego (NAMI San Diego) is the community’s voice on mental illness. Their mission is to support people with mental illnesses and their families by helping them find coping mechanisms for their daily struggle with brain disorders, educate people who have mental illness, their families, and the general public about mental illness with the goal of dispelling ignorance and stigma, and advocate for more research and an improved system of mental health services across the nation. NAMI’s calendar for virtual events can be found at NAMI San Diego (linked).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has also created a tip sheet and resource guide that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders. It provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings. The SAMHSA resource guide can be found at  Virtual Recovery Resources (linked). They state that in an infectious disease outbreak, when social distancing and self-quarantine are needed to limit and control the spread of the disease, continued social connectedness to maintain recovery are critically important. Virtual resources can and should be used during this time.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones during this challenging time.



Gratitude Journaling

Keeping a gratitude journal is a popular practice in positive psychology - the scientific study of happiness. By writing at least 3-5 items or lines describing what you’re grateful for every day, you can give yourself a lasting mood boost that can take you from feeling “okay” to feeling “great” on a more regular basis.

No one can tell you what makes the cut for you and your particular circumstances, but there are some suggestions that might help if you are struggling in the beginning. As you will see, you can write about anything!

List five small ways that you can share your gratitude today.

Write about a person in your life that you’re especially grateful for and why.

What skills or abilities are you thankful to have?

What is there about a challenge you’re experiencing right now that you can be thankful for?

How is where you are in life today different than a year ago–and what positive changes are you thankful for?

List five body parts that you’re grateful for and why.

What about the city you live in are you grateful for?

What are you taking for granted about your day to day that you can be thankful for?

List 5 people in your life who are hard to get along with—and write down at least one quality for each that you are grateful for.

Practicing gratitude may increase overall feelings of happiness and reduce stress and depressive symptoms, particularly when the habit is maintained for at least a month.

Happy journaling!