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How to Implement Positive Psychology into the Classroom

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational

by Mary E. Sanders As schools begin to shift their focus away from an unwavering commitment to students’ standardized test scores, more holistic approaches are gaining traction in the classroom. One of them in particular has earned praise across the board, and justifiably so. Carol Dweck’s research around fixed vs. growth mindset has inspired teachers and curriculum designers around the world to incorporate her ideas into their practice. In...

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No Place Like Home

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Fiona Trembath We all want to belong; it’s the yearning of the spirit to connect, to be seen, to matter. So, when I made the decision back in 2014 to accept my place in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Melbourne, at the cost of not attending the first Wholebeing Institute’s Certificate in Positive Psychology (CiPP) alumni reunion, I felt a great loss. I wanted my cake and I wanted to eat it,...

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Love in Teams, Part 2: Recognizing Who’s On Your Team

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational

by Ruth Pearce I love teams. I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful teams in many different organizations. From financial services, to not-for-profit and state government, to professional associations, I have had the privilege to work for people who were motivated and innovative. Along the way, though, I have seen some teams that, at least to start with, were not working so well. Sometimes team members have felt disconnected from...

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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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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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