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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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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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Dancing Our Gratitude

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megha Nancy Buttenheim In my Let Your Yoga Dance® for Special Populations class this week, I offered the theme of Gratitude. We danced our yoga with appreciation for all we have been given. I found many gratitude songs to use; one in particular lit up the group: Karen Drucker’s “I’m So Grateful.” We were happily waltzing around the room (some were waltzing in a chair), singing with Karen: “I’m so grateful … I’m so...

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What I Did at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit Last Year

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational

by Heidi J. Martinez I had recently begun feeding my curiosity for positive psychology when I learned about the first Embodied Positive Psychology Summit last year. Through a generous professional training grant, a colleague and I were sent to Kripalu to learn about positive psychology and self-care so we could bring the information back to our nonprofit organization. The experience was life changing. Every morning offered the opportunity to...

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30 Days, 44 Challenges, Two Accountability Buddies: How Support Helps Create Transformation

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Catherine McNeill After graduating from CiPP and completing my Coaching certification, I was keen to start working on boosting my happiness. For about three months I was good at it, too, doing regular SPIRE check-ins, adding positivity boosters to my days, and planning creative, soul-driven personal projects. Then came the Project from Hell at work. As this project careened along for the next few months, my carefully constructed positivity...

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