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Something More than an Ugly Truth
By Homaira Kabir  
March 25, 2015 – 3:09 pm | 2 Comments
A Duchenne smile

Moral beauty pays tribute to our stature as a social species. It elevates us towards selfless pro-social behaviors and connects us at the level of common humanity. Physical beauty, on the other hand, ties no familiar thread across time and culture.

Love & Purpose : Happiness with Extra Bandwidth
By Miriam Akhtar  
March 23, 2015 – 12:57 pm | One Comment
Love and Purpose

This Thursday, March 26, you are invited to a free webinar on Love & Purpose. Why put these two topics together? Read on.

Open-mindedness and Judgment: Paragons In Action
By Aren Cohen  
March 13, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment
King and the Abernathy Children front-line in the Selma march

All of us can learn from paragons of strengths. The film, Selma, about Martin Luther King Jr. and the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, is an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the virtue of open-mindedness and judgment.

Open-mindedness and Judgment: A Character Strength on the Fence
By Aren Cohen  
March 12, 2015 – 11:21 am | No Comment
On the fence

The character strength of Open-mindedness or Judgment becomes a sticky one precisely because it straddles a boundary between character and questioning ethics. Open-mindedness seems to stem from compassion and a sense of tolerance and receptivity. Conversely, judgment implies logic and rationality, as well as a determination that one option is superior to another.

The Year of Sisu 2015: An Interview with Emilia Lahti
By Marta Velázquez  
March 2, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment
 

It is a great pleasure for me to interview Emilia Lahti, a researcher whose work revolves around understanding how individuals, groups, and organizations grow from challenges and come out of hardships with a newly discovered sense of strength, purpose, and adaptability. Nowadays, Emilia is working on a Ph.D. on the age-old Finnish construct of sisu.

Listening as an Act of Love
By Homaira Kabir  
February 26, 2015 – 6:03 pm | 7 Comments
Vibrant child talking

Lunch-time was often a struggle for my mental capacities. Rarely did a day go by when my vibrant nine-year old, just back from school, failed to enlighten us with long and winding tales of girly social interactions. Rarely did I manage to follow them all the way through. In fact, I usually lost the story line somewhere in Act One….

Lesson in Gratitude: The Teacher Taught
By Homaira Kabir  
February 7, 2015 – 1:35 pm | 12 Comments
Mother with twins

I guess it is the nature of parenthood to find your children ungrateful. Or at least not as grateful as they could be, should be or used to be. This feeling really hit me hard when my twins entered their teenage years. Then I realized how easily I had erased the memories of my little pigeons helplessly hooked up in their incubators, how conveniently I had become ungrateful to the forces that had listened to my desperate pleas for the life and health of my little babies.

Motivational Focus
By Amanda Horne  
February 3, 2015 – 10:39 am | One Comment
Quiet energy

I want to add to Lisa’s review of the book Focus by discussing prevention and promotion focus. Both kinds of focus can sometimes work together. For example, with the goal to exercise more, promotion-focus gives people enthusiasm for the gain of better fitness, and prevention-focus keeps them vigilant in the long term to avoid losing the fitness they built up.

Naked Truths
By Sean Doyle  
January 29, 2015 – 5:39 pm | 9 Comments
Wrinkles on a shaman's face

Alexander the Great looked at the philosopher sitting there, impoverished, rags over the rib-thin body, and asked what he was doing. “I am experiencing nothingness,” said the philosopher. “What are you doing?” “I am conquering the world,” responded Alexander, and they both laughed. Each thought the other was a fool.

The Lighter Side of Life
By Homaira Kabir  
January 21, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
Siblings laughing together

Although life may simply be a meaningless ride that we try and cloak with a fulfilling purpose, humor allows us to laugh at the insignificance of most things in the vast flow of human experience and yet connect to what we find truly important.

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