Book Discussions Archives | Wholebeing Institute

Learning never ends. Whether you are currently enrolled in a course or not, there’s always an opportunity to expand the mind by reading those books that most call to your curiosity. This blog includes relevant book reviews and an ongoing book study group, each led by a different member enrolled in or graduated from the Certificate in Positive Psychology course.

The Magical Alchemy of Transformative Teaching

Posted on Apr 3, 2019 in blog, Book Discussions, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational

In this video, Maria Sirois, PsyD, shares one of her earliest experiences of a teacher who made a powerful impact on her students’ lives. What does it take to be a transformational teacher? The answer might surprise you.Find out about Maria’s online Teaching for Transformation course, beginning April 8.Dr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, is Lead Faculty at Wholebeing Institute and an inspirational speaker, seminar leader, and author...

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Gratitude Is the Attitude of Happiness

Posted on Nov 20, 2017 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Nicole C. FuentesGratitude is one of the most powerful and effective tools to increase our experience of well-being. According to scientific studies, cultivating gratitude can increase our positive emotions by as much as 25 percent.Practicing gratitude goes beyond saying “thank you”; it has to do with developing a deep sense of life appreciation. It’s about noticing the good in your life, what you do have, what you can do, and the...

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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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What Great Parents Do

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational

by Mina Simhai We’ve all noticed them. Those kids who happily put on their own shoes and jacket when it’s time to go. The children who see someone fall down and dash over to ask, “Are you okay?” The ones who share their M&Ms when they see a friend without treats. When I witness these kids, I wonder, what did their parents do to raise such thoughtful, cooperative little people? Dr. Erica Reischer’s book What Great Parents Do: 75...

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The Secrets of Productivity

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in blog, Book Discussions, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational

by Mina Simhai Ready for an honest confession? It was hard mustering the motivation to write this blog post. After all, it’s the holiday season. There are presents to buy, decorations to put up, holiday parties, and, after all that, I need yoga classes to ground myself again. Also, there’s my beautiful brown-eyed boy home from school with a stomach flu who just wants to build Legos with me. I’m happy to oblige. In addition, it’s the end...

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What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 in Book Discussions, Books

“The next time you find yourself wishing your kids would whine less, listen more, and so on—remember that to change your kids’ behavior, you have to start by changing yourself.” —Erica Reischer If you’re a parent, you’ve probably wondered—more than once—how you can be a great one. In What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive, psychologist Erica Reischer finally lets us in on...

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