Whose leadership do we need most?

Take a look at the latest world news, and the picture is bleak.

War in Ukraine, refugees fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo, executions in Myanmar, millions of homes in India destroyed by floods, and surging inflation that threatens American job security—this is just a sampling of recent headlines.

Who can we trust to have humanity’s best interests at heart?

Today, humanity faces more existential threats than ever before, leading many of us to feel scared about the kind of world our children could grow up in.

The Question(s)

We know the world needs to change if we’re to have any hope of a brighter future for humanity.

But, what should that change look like? And do our world leaders possess the wisdom and courage to get us there?

Who can we trust to have humanity’s best interests at heart?

A captain of industry? A man of faith? A politician?

We can’t answer these questions on our own. That’s why we want to know who you trust most to ensure a brighter future for humanity.

Given the choice, would you choose President Biden, Pope Francis, or Elon Musk to captain humanity’s future?

The Campaign

For Halcyon’s new campaign, we will be circulating a poll as we seek to gather people’s opinions about President Biden, Pope Francis, and Elon Musk to uncover who real people believe would do the best job ensuring a brighter future for humanity.

Using the results from this poll, we plan to send a clear message to leaders everywhere about the kind of leadership real people are looking for.

Let your voice be heard!

Whose leadership do we need most?

COVID-19: We Deserve the Truth
  • The NIH funded coronavirus research in Wuhan, China
  • Wuhan is considered ground-zero for the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Dr. Fauci made “untruthful assertions” about this research
  • The ethics of this research have been called into question

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Recently, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed that NIH grant-funded experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China had the “unexpected result” of creating a coronavirus that was more infectious.

Occurring shortly before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, these experiments consisted of bat coronavirus research, during which a viral contagion in bats was manipulated and made transmissible to human-receptors in mice. 

Gain-of-function research, formerly banned in the U.S., is widely criticized for being unethical.

Within the scientific community, there is mounting concern that these experiments constitute  gain-of-function research, which is defined as research that improves the ability of a pathogen to cause disease. 

Gain-of-function research, formerly banned in the U.S., is widely criticized for being unethical.

Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, commented, “This research matches, indeed, epitomizes the definition of ‘gain-of-function research of concern’[.]”

Dr. Ebright further stated that National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci made “untruthful assertions” in declaring that the NIH did not fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan.

Senator Rand Paul (KY), Governor Ron DeSantis (FL) and others have urged transparency from Dr. Fauci on whether this research could be related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.

For Halcyon’s new campaign, we will be circulating a petition demanding transparency from Dr. Fauci and the NIH about the nature of this coronavirus research and its connection to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage you to courageously unite with others who demand to know the truth and sign this critical petition.

Sign the petition and let your voice be heard.

Whoopi Goldberg & the Holocaust
  • Fact: the Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million European Jews by the Nazi German regime, on the basis of antisemtic racism. (Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Fiction: the Holocaust was “not about race”.

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Recently, Whoopi Goldberg made the ignorant claim that the Holocaust was “not about race” while hosting ABC’s The View, a talk-show that averages upwards of two million viewers.

She insisted, “[The Holocaust was] white people doing it to white people, so y’all going to fight amongst yourselves.”

Again, this is to an audience that averages over two million viewers. Inevitably, some portion of this audience is Jewish. And to the Jewish community in particular, Goldberg’s comments about the Holocaust are to be rightfully perceived as deeply offensive and harmful.

She insisted, “[The Holocaust was] white people doing it to white people, so y’all going to fight amongst yourselves.”

After the incident and ensuing backlash, ABC put Goldberg on a two week suspension. Goldberg herself issued a public apology.

The question is: what can we reasonably do to prevent this from happening again?

How can we ensure that important history like the Holocaust is presented factually?

We believe networks like ABC should be held responsible for ensuring their hosts are properly informed on fundamental historical events before going on-air, so that diminishing comments like Goldberg’s aren’t made in the future.

For Halcyon’s new campaign, we will be circulating a petition demanding that networks take accountability and educate their talent on the facts of history before letting them speak on that history.

Join us in taking a stand for the truth by signing the petition, and be sure to subscribe to our social media channels and email list.

Together, we can preserve the dignity of history.

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President Biden vs Pope Francis

If you’re pro-life, you’re not alone. Although, with the pro-choice position becoming more and more mainstream, you might feel that way.

The reality is the majority of likely voters oppose unrestricted abortion on demand throughout pregnancy and support limits on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

With President Joe Biden in office and Nancy Pelosi continuing as Speaker of the House, the pro-choice camp has two key political players on its side. Not to mention a slew of pro-choice celebrities, the liberal media, and much of the American university system.

These things make the pro-choice camp seem pretty formidable. And, with abortion access once again before the Supreme Court in the U.S., as certain states fight to secure their rights to limit abortion access, the pro-life movement appears to be in dire straits.

But, the pro-life movement isn’t as much of a minority as the media often makes it out to be.

In fact, it has the support of the Holy See itself. While it’s true that Pope Francis has agreed with President Biden on certain issues, the two have completely opposite positions when it comes to abortion. 

On one hand, President Biden wishes to see Roe v. Wade upheld and abortion access protected according to his pro-choice views. 

On the other hand, Pope Francis stands firmly against abortion, sticking to the Catholic Church’s centuries-old position that life begins at conception and that abortion is a violation of God’s creation.

Whose side are you on? 

President Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and the pro-choice camp? Or,  Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and those who stand up for the human right to life?

For Halcyon’s next campaign, we will be circulating a petition in opposition of abortion rights. In our pursuit of human flourishing, there is no greater issue to tackle than this immoral practice that defies the sanctity of human life. 

As we prepare for our most important campaign yet, we ask that you subscribe to our social media channels and email list. Now more than ever, we need your support and engagement.

Campaign - Porn
  • Porn consumption correlates with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, and insecurity.
  • Even moderate porn consumption is shown to result in shrunken grey matter in parts of the brain.
  • So, Halcyon’s committed to doing something about it.

Recognizing the serious mental health risks posed by frequent porn consumption, as well as porn’s dangerous societal influence, Halcyon’s launched a campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects of porn consumption and provide a number of digital resources for people to get help, whether for themselves or someone else.

Studies show that porn consumption correlates with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, and insecurity. 

There are broad consequences of porn addiction and consumption of pornography that exist on a global scale.

Even moderate porn consumption is shown to result in shrunken grey matter in parts of the brain that oversee cognitive function.

Not to mention, porn consumption can leave consumers unsatisfied with sex in real life, as they’ve come to expect fantastical encounters like what they’ve seen on-screen. 

As a result, men report being less satisfied with their partners’ physical appearance and sexual performance after exposure to pornography. They also report having an increased desire for sex without emotional commitment.

There are broad consequences of porn addiction and consumption of pornography that exist on a global scale as well. 

Among these are increased negative attitude toward women, decreased empathy toward victims of sexual violence, increase in sexually imposing behavior, increased levels of behavioral aggression, increased levels of violent sexual fantasies, and increased levels of assault. 

These effects can all be linked to porn consumption, regardless of whether the porn itself is violent. 

The Campaign

Keeping all of this in mind, we’ve launched a campaign to raise awareness about the negative facts relating to porn consumption as well as to make available resources to kick an addiction. 

To that end, we’ve created a landing page (https://quitting-porn.com/) presenting the most scientifically compelling, factual reasons to quit porn. We then provide three resource pathways:

  1. I need help. 
  2. Someone I know needs help.
  3. I want to spread the word.

The first resource (“I need help”) is for people personally looking to overcome issues with porn consumption. 

The second resource (“I know someone who needs help”) is geared toward those who wanted to help someone they knew overcome porn addiction. 

And finally, the third resource (“I want to spread the word”) is for those who want to learn how to be a voice for change with regard to the porn consumption problem.

Make sure to keep tabs on our social media for updates on this critical campaign.

Practicing gratitude can improve your mental and physical health in a wide variety of ways. It can even help with your personal life and relationships. 

In other words, gratitude could be the key you’ve been looking for to unlock a healthier and happier life. 

It’s easy to practice gratitude. Even better, it’s free. No self-help books or gym memberships required. 

Halcyon wanted to help get the word out there on gratitude, with the goal of inspiring people to start their own gratitude journeys toward better health and happiness. 

The results

Similar to past campaigns, for this campaign we designed a 10-question educational quiz on the positive effects and benefits of gratitude. 

The goal? To get people to better understand the merits of gratitude and begin practicing it themselves. And to that end, we were successful! 

Here’s a look at the numbers:

  • 92.2% of people who took the quiz reported caring more about practicing gratitude after what they learned. 
  • 92.2% of people who took the quiz reported being more inclined to change the way they live to practice gratitude.
  • 100% of people who completed the quiz accessed our resource blog.

What you can do

If you want to learn more about gratitude’s impact on health and happiness, as well as how to start you own gratitude journey, follow these easy steps:

  1. Take our quiz!
  2. Check out our resource blog, “5 Steps to Start Your Gratitude Journey” once you’ve completed all ten questions.
  3. Share the quiz and resource blog with your friends. Let’s all practice gratitude together!
  4. If you would like to see this campaign reach more people or more campaigns like it, please consider donating.
Social Media

3.96 billion people actively use social media in the world.

Back in 2015, there were only 2.07 billion users. That’s a 92.76% overall increase in users in just five years.

Now consider that social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. When you think about it this way, it makes sense that 80% of U.S. teens report being on social media almost constantly or several times a day.

Limiting social media use is key to safeguarding health and wellness from social media’s wide variety of negative mental health outcomes.

So, Halcyon launched a campaign that focused on facts of social media’s relationship to mental health, answering how social media can damage mental health and how to prevent that from happening.

The results

Relative to other Halcyon campaigns, a lower percentage of respondents to the quiz reported caring more about the social media problem after completing all ten questions. The same goes for the percentage of respondents who reported being more inclined to change the way they live to address social media.

That being said, we were encouraged by the fact that, even though these first two percentage categories were lower than expected, 100% of respondents still went on to read our resource blog, “5 easy ways to keep your social media use in check”.

Here’s a look at the numbers:

  • 65.6% of people who took the quiz reported caring more about the social media problem after what they learned.
  • 59% of people who took the quiz reported being more inclined to change the way they live to help address the problem of social media.
  • 100% of people who completed the quiz accessed our resource blog.

What you can do

If you want to learn more about social media’s impact on health and wellness, and gain the tools to keep your social media use in check, follow these easy steps:

  1. Start by testing your knowledge and take our quiz!
  2. At the end of the quiz, check out our resource blog.
  3. Share both these things with your friends and help us spread the word on the social media problem.
  4. If you would like to see this campaign reach more people and touch more lives, consider donating and be sure to reference the campaign.

Practice gratitude. It’s your cost-free key to a healthier, happier life!

There’s tons of positive psychology research to show that gratitude can positively influence our emotions, life satisfaction, relationships, job success, and our mental and physical health. 

So, whether you have trouble sleeping, chronic pain, or a hard time feeling optimistic, gratitude could be the solution you’ve been searching for!

The best part? Gratitude is easy! All it takes is conscious appreciation of the positives in your life, in place of focusing on the negatives.

In the words of Epictetus, the celebrated Greek Stoic philosopher, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

Want more on gratitude? Then you’re in luck! 

Halcyon’s next campaign will dive into the scientific evidence for gratitude’s positive connection to happiness and health, as well as the most effective ways to get started on your own gratitude journey.

So, be sure to keep an eye on our social media for the launch of this campaign and subscribe to our email list if you haven’t already! 

We look forward to sharing with you all the ways gratitude can change your life for the better.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the stresses of everyday life—and forget how good we have it sometimes. 

If you’d like to start making more time for gratitude, follow these simple steps.

1. Find gratitude in hard times

Reflecting on negative or difficult situations in your life can actually help you nail down what you’re really grateful for. 

Dig a little deeper into some of these experiences and consider what virtues or strengths they’ve helped you develop or the relationships that have carried you through them. 

Perhaps your job is demanding a lot of you lately. What is there to be grateful for in this situation? Do you have good time management skills? If so, that’s something to be grateful for! Imagine how much more stressful things would be if you didn’t! 

This is just one example of how there’s always something or someone to be grateful for, even in hard times.

2. Start a gratitude journal

Gratitude journals are a tried and true method for practicing gratitude. 

A journal of the things you’re grateful for allows you to keep track of the positives in your life and serves as something you can always refer back to on days when it’s a little tougher than others to feel grateful.


And a gratitude journal can be as time-intensive or laid-back as you want! You can journal everyday or you can set aside a time once a week. 

Still too much of a commitment? Even journaling once a month can be an impactful step on your gratitude journey.

3. Volunteer

For many people, giving back to others in their local community is the key to gratitude, as volunteering can highlight and make you more grateful for the things that you may take for granted.

Plus, people who volunteered in the past year are reportedly more satisfied with their lives compared to people who didn’t volunteer. Additionally, researchers have found that people who volunteer at least once a month report better mental health than those who volunteer infrequently or not at all.

4. Say thank you

Expressing your gratitude for the people you care about can boost their happiness and yours!

SoulPancake ran an experiment encouraging people to write a letter to someone they’re grateful for. People who did so experienced increased levels of happiness up to 4%. 

When the same people then made a phone call expressing their gratitude directly, their happiness levels jumped even further: from 4% to 19%.

5. Prayer or meditation

People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude. The Pray.com app is an awesome resource for people looking to make daily prayer a priority. 

Not your cup of tea? Try mindfulness meditation. For this sort of meditation, people will usually focus on a grounding word or phrase (such as “gratitude”), but it is also possible to focus on a particular aspect of your life that you’re grateful for (such as “family”). 

The Calm app and the Headspace app are full of guided meditations for those needing a little help with the practice.

Let’s get started.

Be patient with yourself as you start your gratitude journey! Studies show that practicing gratitude makes its most positive impact when done consistently over time.

In other words, just a week of practicing gratitude might not make you feel any different. But, don’t let that deter you! Over time, gratitude is sure to help you feel happier and more satisfied with life. 

Good luck!

It’s easy to lose track of how much time you’ve spent scrolling social media. And when that happens, not only is social media taking time away from other fun or important things you could be doing, but it could be hurting your mental health. 

Don’t think it’s that serious? 

Then you might be surprised that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized “Facebook depression” as a mental health disorder since 2011, defining it as, “Depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression.” 

Now consider the fact that 80% of U.S. teens report being on social media almost constantly or several times a day. Big red flag!

In today’s digital world, it’s necessary for all of us who use social media to keep tabs on how much time and energy we’re putting towards it. Because what starts out as a way to connect with others online can easily turn into addiction. 

Halcyon’s next campaign will focus on facts of social media’s relationship to mental health. We will be answering not only how social media can negatively impact mental health, but sharing the tools to insure it doesn’t.

Keep an eye on social media (yep, we know this is ironic) for the launch of the campaign, and/or subscribe to our email list!