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Divisive gossip, vicious slander amplified by the power of the Internet or threats followed by physical attacks all undermine our communal well-being. An estimated 160,000 kids skip school each day out of fear and one study estimated that a bully victim commits suicide every half hour, according to bullyingstatistics.org. These forms of bullying pervade all echelons of society and it is incumbent on all us to tune in to the ways we can make the world a more peaceful, loving and safe place. Community leaders have deemed this week "Anti-Bullying Week." So whether it's in our schools or workplaces, this week provides a chance to emphasize empathy and practice positivity.

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