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My Curiosity Quest

Posted on Aug 23, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Michael F. StegerMy work on meaning in life is part of my meaning in life. If this sounds a bit confusing, I agree. I never went out into the world with the intention of studying meaning in life. I was just curious, and stayed curious, about learning how people tried to figure out what they were doing here on Earth. I wanted to hear those stories—from anyone, from anywhere, from anytime—because, I suppose, it gave me a wider and more...

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Five Things We Learned on Our Family Vacation

Posted on Aug 15, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Amy AlpertLast summer, my husband and I took our high school–age son and daughter to Europe, where we visited three cities—Paris, Amsterdam, and London. While the trip included many frustrating moments—arguments over what to do next or where to eat, schlepping around suitcases, lost luggage, a heat wave, lack of alone time, and the inability to make everyone happy at the same time—traveling with teenagers was incredibly special and...

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How to Apply Positive Psychology to the Midlife Journey

Posted on Aug 7, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois The fields of positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and the spiritual disciplines offer wisdom—culled from research and centuries of experience—that can sustain our unique over-40 needs. Here are five of these wisdom teachings. 1. Remember that change is possible at any time. Not only is our brain plastic (able to be “remapped” toward greater health, calm, memory, and reduction of pain) but also our thoughts and...

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Alumni Spotlight: Stories of Transformation

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Alumni Spotlight, blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

We’re always deeply moved by the stories our alumni tell us about how the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology changed their life. Today, we share with you two of those stories. First, here’s Kathy Washburn, describing how the Certificate program helped her during a massive life transition. She had left her corporate job, her 25-year marriage had fallen apart, and she was coping with an empty nest after her two sons started...

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WholeRunner: Don’t Run. Play.

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino Every once in a while, I am called in for a critical and rewarding assignment: babysitting my granddaughter. We snack, bounce balls, handle toys, read books, climb steps, and jump on the couch or trampoline. But much of our time is spent doing one thing we are all familiar with, but which adults refer to by another name. You and I call it running—she calls it playing. Which begs the question, when did we start to think of...

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Sharing the Nest Again: How to Navigate Having Your College Student Home for the Summer

Posted on Jun 5, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Caren Osten When my 18-year-old son returns home from his freshman year at college, the thumping sounds of Fortnite, screams about NY Yankees’ home runs, and over-zealous commands for our dog to chase a tennis ball will stomp out the tranquility that has pervaded my home for the last nine months. Will I ask him to quiet the screens and keep his voice down? Or will I wax nostalgic about how I’ve missed all the noise, and smile...

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