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16 Nov Special section of CAPP in Midland MI starts in January

NEW YORK, NY – The Flourishing Center (TFC) now offers its top-rated Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program in Midland, Michigan beginning in January. CAPP draws a unique and diverse cohort of participants: educators, wellness and fitness coaches, entrepreneurs, business leaders, HR professionals, organizational and leadership development specialists, everyday citizens and more. All participants are social-emotional leaders or change-agents who have influence on others. The program is rigorous in content providing participants with cutting-edge research in applied behavior change science, cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness, contemplative studies and mind-body medicine. The program is designed to support the Midland county initiative “Together-Forward-Bold: An exceptional...

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A gift from friend Meghan (Meghan D. Bickel, CAPP). One morning, in 2015, when i work up and walked down to my sidewalk. It felt so good to get this surprise message.

26 Jul Volunteer event July 29 in Philly #pospsy #changeagents

On Saturday, July 29 we will convene for a volunteer event that will leave you and an anonymous recipient feeling especially charged.  Our task will be to leave messages on sidewalks -- with chalk and by simply leaving greeting card messages in "random" locations around the city. Our mindful creation, filled with love, will certainly find their way to the right recipients. One morning, in 2015, I woke up and walked down to the first floor of my building and onto the sidewalk — where I stumbled into the chalked gift above. It felt so good to receive this surprise message, which I later learned...

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20 Jul Spiraling Upwards

We are stardust Billion-year-old carbon We are golden Caught in the devil’s bargain And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden (Joni Mitchell, 1969) As dynamic beings, the truth is that we change every second of everyday. Evolution is imminent too, and shaped by our own designs. But think about it: in which direction do we move? Are we growing? Are we learning? Are we moving in “upward spirals” to increased well- being, spiraling downward to worsened states, or just jittering in place with complacency? The downward spiral is a slippery slope that is much easier to gain speed on, while the upward...

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24 May Join Louis at TEDxCheltenham!

Change Agents turn their passions into actions that further the greater good, inspiring others to do the same. The locally, regionally and nationally recognized speakers at the inaugural TEDxCheltenham will deliver their ideas worth sharing to our community as we co-create a bright future. For more information, click here. For tickets, click here.  ...

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Morning Time Dance Party Philly

03 Feb Calling all Philadelphia-based Positive Psychology People + Friends

Join me and Pax Tandon for a morning time dance party (complete with DJ Reezey) and brunch on the 37th floor of Two Liberty over Center City on Sunday, February 26. 10 am Guided Mindfulness 10:30 am First Beat Drops 11:00 am Food is Served (concurrent to dancing, of course) Bottomless mimosas too! Get your tickets here (there are a limited amount of spots): http://ppmorningtimerave.bpt.me ...

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27 Jan My Philosophy of Education (Written in 2000 – with good implications for NOW)

I wrote this as I was applying for high school teaching jobs in the spring of 2000. It's my philosophy of education. The piece was inspired by teachers I have had, so is totally a co-creation of  ideas from teachers to students to teachers to students. Yes, this is still is my philosophy. I believe there are good implications for how this can be used in the world today. ...

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05 Jan How to Make 2017 a Success (Strategies Supported by Science)

Research shows that about 40-some percent of Americans typically make New Year’s resolutions, yet less than 10% are successful in achieving their desires. Here are some tips to be successful and sustainably so: Start with the end in mind - - What do you want to be thinking and feeling next December as you reflect back on the year? Take the time to imagine how it would be if you accomplished all of your heart’s desires. Consider your career, health, finances, romance, family, friends, community, fun and personal growth. If you need a writing prompt, try this: What do I hope to...

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22 Nov Calm Cool and Connected: The Dog Park on Capitol Hill

There are several dog parks in my neighborhood, one behind the grocery store on South Street and the other, on the east end of the neighborhood, which is named for Mario Lanza, an Italian opera singer who grew up in the area. I take Ryder there to run and play – and for me to do some research on nature and behavior. I’m curious as to why we are so disconnected and divisive these days. There is so much to learn about human and other animal natures by taking a walk to the park. Hands down, people are weird.  Human beings...

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