ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

Only When We Work On Improving Ourselves Can We Truly Be Of Service To Others

B. R. Ambedkar said, “Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of himself.” There is much wisdom in working towards your own personal growth. Here are a couple tangible ways to work on you:

  1. Write down 3 things you are grateful for each day. This will help  your brain start focusing on the positives instead of the negative influences in the world around you. Changing your negative self-talk to positive self-talk is also very important. What has your self-talk been lately? Are you self-doubting or self-empowering? Remember that 90 percent of the thoughts we think aren’t necessarily true. Whenever you have a thought that causes you pain or suffering always ask yourself, “Is this thought true?” “Is this thought kind?” “Is this thought necessary?”
  2. Laugh at yourself- William Lyon Phelps said, “Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation -what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.” Remember to have fun with and not take yourself too seriously.
  3. Meditate- Meditation teaches you to stay in the present.  Being in the present lets you take things one step at a time instead of being depressed about the past, or being anxious about the future. It helps get us away from a culture of ADHD by focusing on one task instead of multiple tasks at the same time.
  4. Learn from others- What is one thing you learned today from someone else? Everyone can be a teacher for us— the people we love and the people we hate. Each interaction is an opportunity show us what we are doing well and what we need work on. Remember to approach your interactions with presence and openness. You will be surprised at how much you can learn.