Use Your Superpowers
On this episode of You Fit Here, C+C talk about how we human beings have superpowers. They are powers we might not tap into all that often, either because we are unaware that we possess them, or because we aren’t sure what kind of difference they will make in our lives or the lives of others. Well. One thing is for sure: Suicide is preventable and kindness can change AND save a life. Say that again. Kindness can SAVE a life?
You read that right.
- According to Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Hope Can Happen. Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.
- We can ALL take action. Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.
- The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2018 was 14.2 per 100,000 individuals.
- The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men.
- In 2018, men died by suicide 3.56x more often than women.
- On average, there are 132 suicides per day.
- White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2018.
- In 2018, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
- In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide
These stats can be improved
There is a lot of positive power in the simplest acts.Here is a really cool breakdown about the power of a HIGH five, finger by finger. You might be blown away by how much power each of your fingers possess. And since we can’t really give high fives during this pandemic, think of your fingers as metaphorical superpowers that you possess.
The question is, would you put those powers to work
if you KNEW that they could literally save a life?!
The pinky finger is a symbol of friendship and promises. It possesses the potential to encourage us to make promises, and keep them. We like to think of the pinky as a reminder to: STAY TRUE TO YOUR WORD. You are only as good as your word.
In many cultures the ring finger represents the finger that someone might slide a ring onto one day as a symbol of love. We are all familiar with this. It is a strong finger… and we believe that in order to commit ourselves to another, we must be committed to ourselves, and not only that, but eager to follow through on commitments that we make to ourselves and others.
The middle finger. AH yes. How easy it is to raise, yet how negatively does it portray a person once it is raised? We are looking at this finger a little bit differently. It will require some will power, but we believe that the ability to resist the urge to use our middle finger will make us stronger, and obviously better people. The middle finger and your ability to NOT use it is a reminder that you are bigger than whatever is tempting you to lash out.
The pointer finger. You probably can guess where we’re going with this. The pointer finger is used for so many reasons, some of which are explorative and exciting, other times curious and often unkind. But we like to think that this finger is a tool in your personal tool box, equipped with endless possibilities. It symbolizes leadership and hard work. You can use it to lead yourself to a better place, and point yourself in the right direction on the path of life.
And last but most certainly not least. The thumb. A thumbs-up or thumbs-down is a common hand gesture and have been around for like, ever. But since we are sticking with a positivity theme here, we are definitely all for the thumbs-up! It’s a super simple way to say things like, “You got it dude!” and “Way to go!” and “Like it/Love it/Want more of it!”. It’s a hand motion you can make that tells someone that you like what they’re doing or what they did. It is the best and easiest way that you can CHEER ON THE WORLD! One little thumbs-up and a happy feeling becomes a happier one.
So now it’s in YOUR hands…
Remember the power behind a high five, and all the ways you can be a better you if you keep in mind the meaning behind each individual finger. Together, our fingers make a hand that we can use to shake another hand, work hard, and do good in the world. If you are fortunate enough to have a hand, use your fingers, all five of them, well. And don’t forget to give someone a (virtual) high five today!
Each finger has a positive power. Use them well! Save a life.
Program this into your cell phone for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Though you may never need it, someone you know just might. Keep it handy.
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