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Elevating the Whole: Next Steps in Our Appreciative Inquiry Process

Posted on Jun 18, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois Just over a month ago, nearly 40 of us gathered to launch an Appreciative Inquiry Summit on behalf of WBI and those we serve, collaborate with, and inspire. I want to bring you up to date on the progress we’ve made and the callouts (see below) that we are now making on behalf of all those who joined us in the 50+ pre-summit interviews and post-summit conversations. Titled “The Power of One/The Power of Many: The Rising...

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Suicide and Finding Meaning in Life

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Last week, two well-known people committed suicide: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Celebrity deaths bring media attention, but the depth of the problem goes much deeper than the headlines. According to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, there are 123 suicides each day in the United States alone. That makes it the third leading cause of death. Suicide has touched my life, as it has with many. I want to give you...

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Do the Math

Posted on May 28, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual

by Hanna Perlberger In this post, Hanna Perlberger, author of A Year of Sacred Moments: The Soul Seeker’s Guide to Inspired Living, blends Torah, ancient Jewish wisdom, positive psychology principles, and the insight of contemporary thought leaders. “If we can see past preconceived limitations, then the possibilities are endless.” —Amy Purdy Math (if they even call it that in school anymore) was always my worst subject. Yet, when I am...

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The Little Question That Could

Posted on May 23, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino In this series, CiPP4 graduate Louis Cinquino brings to life some of the core concepts of positive psychology and wholebeing happiness—putting the basics in context through his insightful observations, personal experiences, and fresh interpretations. Louis begins each installment in the series with a six-word story.   Today’s breakfast: positive emotion, more motion. There was a time not so long ago, during my...

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The Importance of Learning

Posted on May 17, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Rick Hanson, PhD Any kind of growth or personal development requires a very fundamental skill: Learning. In my new book, Resilient, I offer practical strategies for growing the 12 inner strengths you need for lasting well-being in a changing world. In the excerpt below, we’ll explore one of those: Learning. Going on a long hike, we need to bring food and other supplies. Similarly, on the road of life we need psychological supplies such...

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My Mom’s Recipe for Bread—and for Living

Posted on May 10, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Kelly Fredrickson My mom makes her own bread. Every Sunday, she makes four loaves. Our house has always smelled like bread when it just comes out of the oven. To me, it’s the smell of comfort and calm. It’s the smell of home. For as long as I can remember, our house has always smelled like this, like, LOVE. Warm bread coming out of the oven, and then collapsing under the weight of the knife as you tear off the first piece. Golden,...

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