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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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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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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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Fun: The Dirty Three-Letter Word

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Denise Riebman “I know this sounds childish, but I want a job that is fun.” My client was embarrassed to utter this “dirty” word during our career coaching session. Hearing the discomfort in his voice, I could feel my playful heart break. When did it become wrong to want to have fun at your job? This is not about ping-pong tournaments, free espresso, and cubicle dance-offs. This is about meaningful work that lights us up rather than...

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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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