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CCT Scholar Paul Rogers on How We Can Help Teachers Go From Good to Great

CCT Scholar Paul Rogers on How We Can Help Teachers Go From Good to Great

For more than 30 years, Mason’s Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) has been working to improve the quality of writing instruction with a powerful model of professional development by bringing together 25 of the best teachers in Northern VA to examine the most pressing issues related to teaching and learning across the curriculum, demonstrate and reflect on their own best practices and strategies, and study current research in the field.

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Psychologist Carol Ryff on Wellbeing and Aging: The FPR Interview

Psychologist Carol Ryff on Wellbeing and Aging: The FPR Interview

Dr. Carol D. Ryff, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, speaks with science writer Karen A. Frenkel about well-being in the United States and Japan, and different attitudes towards aging.Since 1995, Dr. Ryff and her Wisconsin team have been studying 7,000 individuals and examining factors that influence health and well-being from middle age through old age.

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How Will You Teach Your Child Morality Without Religion?

How Will You Teach Your Child Morality Without Religion?

Todd Kashdan, senior scientist for the Center for Consciousness and Transformation of George Mason University, writes for Psychology Today, this is from his latest article. "My wife and I have hit a slew of parenting workshops. We absorbed great tips. If there is one thing I have learned as a psychologist and scientist its that 'averages fail to tell the story.' Don't let what works for the average parent with the hypothetical average kid guilt or control you. Use expert advice as a template to work from, not an instruction manual to follow sequentially."

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More Doctors Are Prescribing Meditation

More Doctors Are Prescribing Meditation

A joint study by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School actually discovered that 6.3 million Americans, or roughly 1 in 30 of us, are being referred by doctors to practice activities like meditation. The high number of referrals showed that doctors are recognizing the benefits of meditation and yoga.

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Studying Spirituality and Well-Being

Studying Spirituality and Well-Being

Todd Kashdan, senior scientist for the Center for Consciousness and Transformation of George Mason University, and John Nezlek of the College of William and Mary, set out to discover more about spirituality and its importance for individuals. Does spirituality vary from day to day, or is it more solid and trait-like? Does it predict well-being? If spirituality fluctuates within a person and within a day, what impact does that have on well-being?

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Morality Binds and Blinds

Morality Binds and Blinds

Louis Alloro, fellow at the Center for Consciousness and Transformation and MAPP graduate, had the opportunity to speak with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind, about the practical applications of his Moral Foundations Theory, in particular, how socially-emotionally conscious leaders can apply the theory in their daily lives.

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Journal of Happiness Studies

Journal of Happiness Studies

The Journal of Happiness Studies is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal devoted to the scientific understanding of subjective well-being. Coverage includes both cognitive evaluations of life, such as life-satisfaction, and affective enjoyment of life, such as mood level. Articles address the conceptualization, measurement, prevalence, explanation, evaluation, imagination, and study of happiness. The five most downloaded articles from the current issue are available online for free!

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