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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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Love and the Web of Connection

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Relational, Spiritual

by Martha Fagan Last weekend, my dear friend Alisa asked if I would help her move into her new apartment. We have been friends for over 30 years, so this was not the first time she has requested my help with moving. The difference this time was that it was not an exciting or enlivening move to a new place; rather, it was leaving a place called home. Alisa is in the midst of a separation from her husband, and this move is the first of many...

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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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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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Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Relational, Spiritual

by Suzee Connole Grow, change, adapt. As a college student, Howard Martin realized that a heart-filled life should reflect those three themes. “Whatever is gained in growth should be shared with others,” says Howard. The author, speaker and business executive argues that anyone can discover what they are meant to share once they form a genuine connection with their heart’s intelligence and engage their own intuitive guidance. One of...

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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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