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We have a very active and engaged community who share their expertise in open and collaborative ways. Plus, we seek out experts in different synergistic arenas and invite them to contribute. In this blog, you’ll find an expansive view and direct application of ideas from people who are doing good work in the world.

Love: It’s All in the Eyes

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

CiPP Spotlight: Linda Jackson by Suzee Connole Oxytocin, known as the love or cuddle hormone, is often released by physical touch, but what about eye contact? Research shows that a person needs five to eight hugs a day to be happier. Could catching—and holding—someone’s eye yield the same results? “Maintaining eye contact creates a calming, connected state of being that, after 30 to 60 seconds, triggers oxytocin,” says Linda Jackson,...

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Love in Teams, Part 2: Recognizing Who’s On Your Team

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational

by Ruth Pearce I love teams. I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful teams in many different organizations. From financial services, to not-for-profit and state government, to professional associations, I have had the privilege to work for people who were motivated and innovative. Along the way, though, I have seen some teams that, at least to start with, were not working so well. Sometimes team members have felt disconnected from...

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Connection and Courage for Positive Action

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Mina Simhai “Mommy, how come I never see my grandparents?” As a young girl, I demanded an answer to this question. I knew that my dad’s mom lived in Iran, and that was really far away, but what about my mom’s parents in Connecticut? Finally the truth came out: I didn’t see my maternal grandparents because they did not approve of my Persian father. It didn’t matter that he had a heart of gold, loved my mother like crazy, or had...

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10 Happy Acts You Can Do Today

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Suzee Connole In honor of International Day of Happiness today and LiveHappy’s #HappyActs mission, here are 10 things you can do today to promote long-term happiness for yourself and those around you. Demonstrations of kindness, after all, are proven to yield positive results. 1. Grab your coworker a coffee. The caffeine isn’t the only thing that will provide energy here. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation conducted a study that...

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Love in Teams, Part 1: The Foundation of Workplace Well-Being

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational

by Ruth Pearce Love is not something we usually talk about in the context of the workplace. Using that word can alienate people who equate love with romance or family, not with a job or colleagues. But when we focus on connection in the workplace, the conversation gets easier. Connection is what we’re talking about when we talk about love in teams. The emotion that helps us to care about someone else—their well-being, their opinion, their...

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The Planet Called New Vagus

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Spiritual

By Lisa Lillibridge Over breakfast one morning, my 20-year-old son asked me, “If you had your own planet, what would it look like?” He wanted to know what it would be named, too. The first thing that came to my mind was New Vagus. That was what inspired my latest photo series. You can see a few images from the series here, based on photographs taken in New York City, Detroit, South Dakota, Los Angeles, and Florence, Italy. The name of...

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