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Can The Arts Contribute to Health Promotion?
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
April 15, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Oil Painting

The arts have inspired us for centuries. Think of the emotion you still feel when you hear the song you associate with your first kiss or remember the play that made you laugh to tears. The arts add much richness to life. Yet, they are practically absent from work places.

Let’s explore what the arts can contribute to our work lives and to good health.

Life After Chocolate: Romance Over the Long Haul
By Donald Officer  
April 13, 2015 – 5:26 am | No Comment
 

Love Sense is indeed about romantic love as popularly defined. More specifically the book targets prospects for “happy ever after.” According to Johnson’s clinical experience, despite inevitable conflicts or setbacks, true long range love is no fairy tale. This book is also about the many other forms of strong attachment because the author believes the roots of all human affection are essentially the same.

The Many Faces of Authenticity
By Homaira Kabir  
April 9, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment
Distorted reflection

I am learning to appreciate the distinctiveness of each self and the flexibility with which one transitions into another. I may not get an Academy Award for my acting. But in the coming together of my multiple selves, I’ve begun to discover the wholeness of being.

Contemplation in Practice
By Jan Stanley  
April 2, 2015 – 10:10 am | 3 Comments
Wild geese

Now I turn my attention to the practice side of the International Symposium on Contemplative Studies. Here’s a practice that I experienced at the conference and how it affected my well-being. I include step-by-step instructions for trying it out at home.

Promises of Contemplative Science: Creating a Caring Society
By Jan Stanley  
March 30, 2015 – 11:30 am | One Comment
Mind & Life Logo

Of the 470 presenters at ISCS, none had a message more compelling than that of Tania Singer, a social neuroscientist from The Max Planck Institute. Singer seems vitally alive as she presents her work, a scientist who has clearly found her calling and is excited to share her findings. She is also studying a neglected type of motivation, Affiliation Motivation. Like many others there, she is embarked on the quest described by the Dalai Lama in the closing speech, “How can we take knowledge from science and apply it in the service of humanity?”

Something More than an Ugly Truth
By Homaira Kabir  
March 25, 2015 – 3:09 pm | 3 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.

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