Teen Praised for His Honesty After Heartfelt Apology (and Cookies) For Stranger Following Icy Road Accident

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNot many people would celebrate their mailbox getting taken out by a car, but when Crystal Collins experienced the valor and kindness of the particular youth who hit it, she knew she wanted to shout his praises in public.The teenager rang her doorbell while she was at home in Lincoln, Nebraska and told her that he had accidentally hit her mailbox with his truck due to the snow and icy conditions on the road.Not only did the youngster offer his most heartfelt apologies for the incident, he also offered her every dollar in his wallet. RELATED: Man Finds $43K Inside Used Couch and Returns it All to Woman Whose Grandfather Hid it in SecretCollins told him to keep his money, but he returned to her house two days later with a plate of homemade cookies.Collins was so touched, she published a Facebook photo of the young man from her security camera last week in hopes of identifying him and his family.“I’m looking for his parents,” she wrote. “They should know what an outstanding young man they have raised!” After the post was shared several thousand times, the young man was identified as Owen Sullivan. It also reached the social media feed of his mother Jamy—and she was extremely touched by her son’s honesty.“I honestly got teary-eyed, because it was so, it’s just nice to know your kids do good things when you’re not around,” she later told KOLN.(WATCH the heartwarming interview below)Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Coronavirus is fostering a culture of no touching — a psychologist explains why that’s a problem

first_imgShare Share on Twitter Touch has profound benefits for human beings. But over the last few decades, people have become increasingly cautious about socially touching others for a range of reasons. With the novel coronavirus spreading, this is bound to get worse. People have already started avoiding shaking hands. And the British queen was seen wearing gloves as a precaution not to contract the virus.The coronavirus could very well have long-term implications for how hands-on we are – reinforcing already existing perceptions that touch should be avoided.Why is touch so important? It helps us share how we feel about others, enhancing our verbal communication. A touch on the arm when comforting someone, for example, is often what shows that we really care. People benefit from physical touch throughout their lifespan, and there is a large body of evidence showing that it has the ability to affect both short and long-term wellbeing. For babies, it is even crucial for healthy brain development. Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Facebook The emotional impact of social touch is ingrained in our biology. There is evidence that it triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone that decreases responses to stress. In fact, touch has been shown to cushion stress levels in humans.We know that a simple touch by a nurse prior to surgery can reduce stress levels in patients. It can also reduce feelings of social exclusion and even increase food intake among elderly people living in a nursing home. So given how essential social touch is to people’s wellbeing, it is important to ensure that it is a part of everyday life.Decline in social touchThe last few decades has seen a decrease in social touch. Partly, this is down to the fact that we are living in a technology-focused, socially disconnected world, where people are more likely to communicate virtually rather than through meeting in person. This means that we are touching each other much less than we used to.But the decline in touch is primarily due to a fear that it may result in an accusation of inappropriate touching. Such fear has been moulded by society as people are frequently hearing stories of inappropriate behaviour. People therefore rather resist touching others than risk having a social touch misinterpreted. The message is simple: avoid hugging a work colleague who is upset and don’t pat someone on the back for a job well done.At the same time, the fear of accusations of child abuse has been disproportionate to the number of actual occurrences. This has seen professionals developing distorted thinking. Teachers often avoid being alone with children, and don’t touch pupils in a natural and affectionate way.The impact of coronavirusWith the novel coronavirus, people have yet another reason to be fearful of touching others, as it means approaching people who potentially may be carriers. While we should remain careful with touching during this serious outbreak, we have to make an effort not to let it get out of control. After all, a lot of people suffer from high levels of anxiety about the virus, and touch is a way to reduce it.The longer this goes on, the more likely that an association will be formed between social touch and a sense of negativity. People may eventually forget all about the virus, but still be wary of social touch without knowing why. This is because negative associations often create more readily available memories for people than positive associations.So while it is not advisable to carry on touching people as usual during the outbreak, especially not people who are old or have underlying health conditions, physical contact with loved ones can still continue, as long as we take precautions and wash our hands.More broadly, the key is to be aware that negative life events such as this epidemic could impact on social touch in the long run in an undesirable way. Bringing this to the forefront of our minds can counterbalance what may otherwise generate negative memories about touch.Once the outbreak is over, one vital challenge will be to reset our thinking about touch, keeping in mind its importance. After all, a hug may be just what we need to move on from the traumatic experience of the coronavirus.By Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Reader in Consumer Psychology, Anglia Ruskin UniversityThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.(Photo credit: Tim Dennell)last_img read more

Denmark: ESVAGT Orders Two Wind Farm Service Vessels

first_imgESVAGT will operate the vessels and deliver services in connection with maintenance of offshore windmill installations. The vessels are due to be delivered from Havyard Ship Technology`s shipyard in Leirvik in Sogn, Norway in December 2014 and March 2015. The vessels will become newbuilds 118 and 119 from Havyard Ship Technology.ESVAGT is a new customer for Havyard and it is also the first time Havyard will design vessels for service and maintenance of offshore windmills. The basis for this design, however, is taken from technology that Havyard has developed and delivered to the offshore oil industry through time.– We are very pleased by agreeing this contract with ESVAGT for delivery of their new windmill service vessels, says Sales Manager Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane of Havyard Design and Solutions. – We have worked with ESVAGT and these projects over a long period of time and it has been a demanding process. ESVAGT is a very competent and professional customer and is a market leader within their field of expertise. This is both challenging and rewarding.– Havyard 832 SOV has been designed based on specifications from ESVAGT and together with our solid competence within shipbuilding and design of advanced offshore vessels; we have together made a product that the market demands.ESVAGT is a new customer for Havyard and through this cooperation a potential new market with great future opportunities opens up. Energy from offshore windmills is a rapidly increasing market and through this contract we have a good starting point together with market leaders. – We know that we are competitive as we have agreed a contract with ESVAGT, and in this cooperation we will need to be at our best to meet their expectations. These are the kind of challenges and recognition we are striving towards and we are looking forward to a long and solid cooperation with ESVAGT, Sales Manager Thrane says.[mappress]Press release, July 12, 2013; Image: havyardlast_img