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mon BD blues

The birthday effect (sometimes called the birthday blues, especially when referring specifically to suicide) is a statistical phenomenon where an individual’s likelihood of death appears to increase on or close to their birthday. The birthday effect has been seen in studies of general populations in England and Wales, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States, as well as in smaller populations such as Major League Baseball players. Studies do not consistently show this correlation; some find that men’s and women’s mortality rates diverge in the run-up to the birthday, while others find no significant change. Suggested mechanisms for the effect include alcohol consumption, psychological stress relating to the birthday, increased suicide risk, terminally ill patients attempting to hold on until their birthday, an increased mortality salience, or a physiological cycle that causes the body to weaken annually. It has also been suggested that it may be a statistical artifact, perhaps as a result of anomalies in reporting, but the birthday effect has also been seen in studies that control for known reporting anomalies. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving the birthday effect.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most difficult birthday you’ve ever had.

Art Prompt: Birthday 

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Birthday Effect and give them suggestions how they can help their loved ones move through it.

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Birthday Cake

It seemed like just yesterday I celebrated my seventh birthday. –Louisa by Richard Emmel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How does the passage of time seem to you? Does it seem to go fast or slow?

Art Prompt: The passage of time

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about how time slips away.

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There wasn’t an empty seat at the Grand Ole Opry’s eightieth birthday celebration in October 2005. –The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon by Colin Escott

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene at the Grand Ol’ Opry.

Journaling Prompt: What’s the biggest celebration you ever attended? Tell a story about that event.

Art Prompt: Grand Ol’ Opry

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the traditions of the Grand Ol’ Opry.

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