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The Science and Practice of Cultivating Healthy, Meaningful, Loving Relationships

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

Positive Psychology Spotlight: Todd Kashdan by Suzee Connole Why is it that relationship conversations typically revolve around questions like “How did you meet?” and “When did you know?” versus “How did you keep it going when years four, 17, and 31 got rough?” Todd Kashdan, scientist, public speaker, and professor of psychology, argues that the latter is the most important question. “Commitment is hard. There are no models in the...

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The Oldest, Greatest Stress Busters on Earth

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megha Nancy Buttenheim I lived a 24/7 spiritual life in a yoga ashram from 1984 to 1996. Karma Yoga, or selfless service, took us through eight hours of the day. Yoga and meditation practices occurred from 5:00–6:30 am, three meals per day were eaten in meditative silence, and afternoon yoga and meditation practices were followed by evening meditation, discourse, and chanting. In that era, there was no real scientific data to show that we...

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Creating Growth Groups with Move2Love: Exercise + Connection = Thriving

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational

by Elaine O’Brien My practice around the positive psychology of human movement involves creating “growth groups”—bringing people together with the goal of providing uplifting relationships and lessening the encumbrances of loneliness. The idea is to help people start where they are, and create an upward spiral of optimal health, performance, and deeper connection. My life’s work is designing and researching positive individual and...

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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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