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Change is difficult and takes time. We could all use reminders now and then to return us to our focus, streamline our process, and ground us in the wisdom of successfully sustaining positive change for the long haul. Dr. Maria Sirois, VP of Curriculum at Wholebeing Institute, shows us how to navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of change with these pearls of wisdom each and every Friday.

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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Seizing Mentoring Moments

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational

by Phoebe Atkinson “At its best, mentoring can be a life-altering relationship that inspires mutual growth, learning, and development. Its effects can be remarkable, profound, and enduring; mentoring relationships have the capacity to transform individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.” —Belle Rose Ragins At WBI events, we consciously make space for moments of learning through connections. This happens ad hoc all the time at...

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Searching for Strange Jewels with Big Magic

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Spiritual

by Mina Simhai “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear My “strange jewel” is a book. And yes, it’s buried deep. Yet I know it’s in there somewhere. It’s whirling around in my head, elusive as a quetzal in the Costa Rican cloud forest. It’s a nebulous concept at best, yet sometimes I hear the glimmer...

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Authentic Strengths in Action

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Fatima Doman I recently gave a presentation to one of the largest law-enforcement departments in the United States. I had been warned not to expect much interaction or buy-in from the captains and lieutenants in attendance. The training leader said, “Don’t let them intimidate you, Fatima. You will probably be looking at a lot of blank, stoic faces and they may even be openly hostile to positive psychology. Don’t expect them to talk...

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Planting Seeds of Positivity

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Relational, Spiritual

Positive Psychology Spotlight: Alan Brown by Suzee Connole Alan Brown is a dean at the Grace Church School in Manhattan, where he uses mindfulness practices to connect to students at different stages of their academic career. “As a mindfulness leader at the high school level, school is where I plant seeds,” Alan says. “Students are in a position to harvest these seeds and use them on their own time, in their own scenarios.” Alan’s...

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