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For students who have an avid interest in sports, performing arts or mental health, Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology program can be a perfect fit. By earning this sports psychology degree, you can learn how to guide performance while combining your passion and career. Read on to learn about the role of a sports psychologist.

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People spend multiple hours a day looking at social media sites. There are many positive reasons to be on social media. Families can connect over long distances and stay in touch, grandparents love to see photos of their grandkids, high school friends can reconnect, people who feel alienated or different can find support community with people they identify with and social media can help people find jobs through online networking. Being on social media has also become a job itself for some people who gain followers and advertisers to make money.

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Not too long ago, it was difficult to make a living as a professional writer. Authors had to query agents or publishers to get their work seen. Commercial writing was done with marketing and advertising professionals. And newspapers and magazines had dedicated staff to write articles. Beyond those jobs, writers might have gotten a freelance gig here or there as a ghostwriter for CEOs and politicians.

However, the internet changed all that. Publishing became a whole new industry thanks to the quick, easy and constant access to news and information. Now, just about every industry employs writers in some capacity, whether it is to do web copywriting, in-depth reporting, content development or storytelling for brand development. Self-published authors have changed how books are written and distributed. Now, quality writers are in demand as businesses continue to develop their online presence and meet their customers where they spend time.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sometimes a stigma can be attached to writers when it comes to employment options. However, there are plenty of opportunities for writers to make a good income, spanning across many different industries. Here are seven high-paying writing jobs that you can tell your family about over Thanksgiving dinner when they ask you what you want to do with your life.

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In order to be successful, societies need healthy and functional family units. Families have a huge impact on a person’s life. They are the source of a person’s understanding of morals, values and social skills. Families provide support, both emotional and financial, which can make a person feel secure.

Children who grow up in healthy, functional families learn behaviors and habits from the people around them that help them integrate into society and find success the outside of the family. People who grow up in dysfunctional families can have trouble developing the right skills that can lead to future success. They may have trouble forming relationship with people outside of the family because they never did so successfully within the family structure.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever heard of positive psychology? It is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. It has three pillars which include: positive experiences, positive individual traits and positive institutions. It is important to understand these emotions to understand the contentment with the past, happiness in the present and hope for the future.

There are many activities that a psychologist can do to help their client, depending on their situation and mental health. However, these exercises can be used to help anyone with their self-esteem and mental health and will be able to positively affect them in many ways.

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