How Speaking Up Can Improve Your Mental Health

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


Recently, I have learned an interesting fact about myself in therapyI do not speak up for myself enough, and as a result, my mental health has suffered. Continue reading How Speaking Up Can Improve Your Mental Health

The Act of Smiling

You might have heard the phrase that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. The amount of muscles that it takes is up for debate (some places say it takes 13 to smile and 33 to frown, some say 22 to smile and 37 to frown) and it’s not really a fact – it hasn’t even been proven to be true – but the mentality remains: it’s better to smile than it is to frown, and takes less effort. Continue reading The Act of Smiling

The Benefits of Essential Oils

Edited to Add: Essential oils aren’t perfect. There have been studies showing that lavender and tea tree oils specifically can disrupt your hormones. It’s always best to be cautious about trying different methods for your health. To learn more about the latest research on complementary, integrative, and alternative health methods, check the NCCIH.


We like things to smell good. It can increase our mood, make things feel more pleasant, and make us nostalgic. It can be a perfume, or the scent of bread baking, or the smell of rain as it hits the pavement and grass (known as petrichor). Continue reading The Benefits of Essential Oils

Gmorning, Gnight!

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of my biggest role models – he’s such an uplifting and inspiring person! As an actor, musician, writer, producer, and activist, some of his accomplishments include writing and starring in In the Heights and Hamilton, composing the music for Moana, acting in Mary Poppins Returns, producing Fosse/Verdon, and raising money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. He also runs one of my favorite Twitter accounts, largely because he tweets motivational phrases at the beginning and end of each day, starting with “Gmorning!” or “Gnight!” These tweets have gained a lot of traction over time, and last year Miranda compiled some of them into a book called Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You. Continue reading Gmorning, Gnight!

Healthy Ways of Dealing With Depression

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


I am a teenager who lives with depression, and I have struggled for a long time to find healthy ways of dealing with it. Continue reading Healthy Ways of Dealing With Depression