Alumni Spotlight Archives | Wholebeing Institute

CiPP Spotlight: Lisa Brown

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Suzee Connole The CiPP Spotlight has been my baby for the past year or so. I’ve talked with some marvelous people doing amazing things in their field. With the new year come new ideas! Meet Lisa Brown, a 2016 CiPP graduate and the first Spotlight using our new format. This is intended to drop you right into Lisa’s world to see where she’s from and where she’s going. Enjoy! Why did you attend the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive...

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CiPP Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Pearce

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational

by Suzee Connole The work of a project manager is all about facilitating communication and coordination among groups of people. That’s why CiWPP alum Ruth Pearce, who has been a project manager for 25 years, was surprised to discover that project managers tend to rank quite low on the VIA character strengths scale in social intelligence—while scoring high in hope, prudence, and appreciation of beauty. “What stood out most for me during...

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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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Hope, Love, and 22 More: Ryan Niemiec Shares the Power of Character Strengths

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

Alumni Spotlight by Suzee Connole Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD, education director of the VIA Institute and a WBI faculty member, knows how to spot someone’s strong suit in no time flat. Out of 24 positive character strengths, he was able to identify my number seven (creativity) and number one (judgment) in a single phone conversation. Ryan’s top two character strengths are hope and love, both of which assist him when teaching courses like WBI’s...

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From Cells to Psychology

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual

CiPP Spotlight: Joan Borysenko by Suzee Connole Joan Borysenko was studying cancer cells at Tufts University when her father was diagnosed with cancer. Joan remembers being surrounded by her family as they sat in his hospital room, and thinking, “Here I am, a cancer cell biologist, the only one in the family who knows anything about this disease, and I know nothing about human beings with cancer.” That was the birth of her interest in...

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Mapping a Path to Well-Being

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Lynda Wallace, Relational, Spiritual

CiPP Spotlight: Lynda Wallace by Suzee Connole Lynda Wallace walked away from a job running a billion-dollar global business to create a new career she would genuinely love. She had been doing a lot of reading in positive psychology, beginning with Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert, and she remembers thinking, “This makes sense. This is right. Everyone needs to hear about this!” Her mission to achieve well-being while aiding others...

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