About Kim Tierney

Kimberly Tierney is a senior at Hofstra University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Community Health. She’s currently living on the south shore of Long Island, in the small town where she grew up. In her time at Hofstra, Kim has become a positive psychology enthusiast, aspiring to help infuse positivity into others’ lives. Discovering positive psychology during recovery from her own struggles, and utilizing it to completely transform her outlook and lifestyle inspired her to want to reach out to others who seek guidance toward a more positive way of life. She exercises this interest by writing blogs and creating a positive presence on social media. Kim is a true “kid at heart” who loves creativity, playing video games, drinking coffee, and cooking.

Feel your Feelings

When we are feeling painful or uncomfortable emotions, the last thing we tend to want to do is to confront them. We want to run away from them, find distractions, bury them deep down until they "go away." Enduring our emotions is tough, yet it is freeing. Your emotional responses to situations do not leave [...]

Give & Get Smart from Kim

  I am a current intern for Get Smart Mentoring as of 2016. My internship experience has been nothing short of life changing. The programs and services conducted by Get Smart truly make differences in the lives of young women, and we want to continue to spread our positive messages and grow our community. Being an [...]

Get Smart: You are More than Your Weaknesses (and Strengths)

We are constantly told that we should emphasize and work with our strengths. With the same intent, we are also told that we should accept our limits and work within those limitations. We live in a world that is conceptualized and limited by our thoughts and perceptions. Of course, it is great to recognize and [...]

Lend Them Your Ears: Tips for Effective Communication

The act of listening is something that many people think of like breathing: innate, automatic. However, to listen well is a skill, and a powerful tool. What a world we would live in if everyone truly knew how to listen. As human beings, we all want and need to be heard and understood. Think about [...]

Law of Opposites: Finding Empowerment in the Dark

Very long story short, in my senior year of high school, my entire life changed. Had you asked me then, I’d say it was changing for the worse. Today, four years later, I have learned that it actually changed for the better. As the life I had known and loved was crashing before me, my [...]

How to Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Food

As many are aware, last week was National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Aside from clinically diagnosed eating disorders, I want to bring attention to the umbrella term of “disordered eating,” a phenomenon that has become the norm. Whether you’ve struggled with an eating disorder or not, you need to read on, because this applies to [...]

Five Ways to Reframe the Negative

"Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer 1.  Think of stress as your friend, opportunity: We’ve all heard "Stress is the #1 killer,” right? So we automatically feel like a victim when we are stressed out, believing it is only contributing pure negativity into our lives. However, [...]

Less Comparison, More Compassion

Have you ever felt great about a skill, only to have it downplayed by someone who you perceived as doing it better than you? Felt inadequate because a classmate or a coworker would always outshine you? The tendency to compare ourselves to others is completely human. Looking at life through a lens of comparison is [...]