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Together We Can

Together We Can

The well-being of our planet has a direct impact on our own well-being, and there are hundreds of small things that we can do help our planet, writes CWB Senior Scholar Beth Cabrera in her latest blog:

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Summer 2019 Mindful Tuesdays

Summer 2019 Mindful Tuesdays

This summer, facilitators from different areas of the university will share mindfulness practices each Tuesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 244.

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Subjective Well-Being and Culture

Subjective Well-Being and Culture

Mason is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the United States. Our cultural differences impact the ways we thrive together in our university community.

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Thrive Together at Spring into Well-Being 2019

Thrive Together at Spring into Well-Being 2019

Mason will host Spring into Well-Being this year from Wednesday, March 20 to Friday, April 19. During #SIWB2019, Mason students and employees can thrive together in ways that strengthen their well-being for the entire year.

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Social Comparison Processes and Well-Being

Social Comparison Processes and Well-Being

What types of social comparisons do people make, and what effect can these comparisons have on their well-being? How can people make social comparisons that may enhance rather than diminish their well-being? What research reveals:

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Deep Work for Well-Being

Deep Work for Well-Being

Deep work (such as reading, writing, and thinking) is linked to well-being through its impact on learning, flow, and meaningful work, writes CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog:

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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How Meaning and Purpose Differ

How Meaning and Purpose Differ

Meaning in life is a broader concept than purpose. You don’t have to have a single, all-encompassing purpose in order to experience meaning, writes CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog:

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Want to be Happy at Work? Forget About Passion!

Want to be Happy at Work? Forget About Passion!

If you want to be happy at work, you may think you should follow your passion. But research shows that there is better advice. You can experience workplace happiness by building a career you love in these three key ways:

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Always Curious: 2018 State of Curiosity Report

Always Curious: 2018 State of Curiosity Report

Being curious at work can lead to greater success and well-being. Discover pioneering insights about curiosity in the workplace from Dr. Todd Kashdan, CWB Senior Scientist, and his international team of researchers in this 2018 State of Curiosity Report:

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Do Talk to Strangers

Do Talk to Strangers

Most of us are reluctant to strike up a conversation with a stranger, yet micro-moments of connection boost our well-being, writes CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog:

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Joy and Well-Being

Joy and Well-Being

Joy is often used as a synonym for happiness, and is commonly treated as a generic positive feeling experienced with other positive emotions. Research suggests however, that joy is a distinct and specific positive emotional response that deserves research attention in and of itself:

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Gratitude and Well-Being

Gratitude and Well-Being

In recent years, research on gratitude and its impact on well-being has flourished. Research has found that grateful people tend to be happier, healthier, more resilient, more prosocial, and less narcissistic:

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How to Expand Your Sense of Time

How to Expand Your Sense of Time

Adding more adventure to your days can make your life more memorable and expand your sense of time, writes CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog:

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4 Ways to Experience More Joy

4 Ways to Experience More Joy

Experiencing frequent positive emotions like joy is an important aspect of well-being, and we can do so in some simple ways, writes CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog:

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Famous Quotes on Lunchtime and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Lunchtime and Well-Being

Making time to eat well at lunch is vital to well-being. Let these famous quotes on lunchtime and well-being motivate you to invest in your body, mind, and relationships by eating a good lunch every day:

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Famous Quotes on Cooking and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Cooking and Well-Being

What would you like to cook for an upcoming meal? Not only are there health benefits of cooking nutritious food, but the cooking process can be creative and fun. Enjoy these famous motivational quotes on cooking and well-being:

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What is Well-Being?

What is Well-Being?

What does research show us about the nature of well-being? CWB Senior Scholar James Maddux presents a brief history of the scientific study of well-being:

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Famous Quotes on Financial Stability and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Financial Stability and Well-Being

Managing money unwisely is a common source of unnecessary stress for people. Research shows that the better people manage money, the more they can increase their well-being. These famous quotes describe the importance of financial stability to well-being:

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Famous Quotes on Service and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Service and Well-Being

Service empowers people to put their talents into action for good purposes, bringing them fulfillment as they meet others’ needs. Let these famous quotes on service and well-being motivate you to serve:

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Famous Quotes on Technology and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Technology and Well-Being

Technology benefits our well-being in many ways – from making it more convenient for us to do our work, to connecting us with people worldwide. Let these famous quotes on technology and well-being motivate you to use technology well:

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Famous Quotes on Discernment and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Discernment and Well-Being

Our world is full of interesting information. But discerning which information is actually true and valuable leads to wisdom, which leads to well-being. Let these famous quotes on discernment on and well-being motivate you to pursue wisdom:

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Famous Quotes on Citizenship and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Citizenship and Well-Being

Citizens who take positive action for the greater good can increase well-being in society through their contributions. Let these famous quotes on citizenship and well-being motivate you to become a positive change agent in our society:

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Famous Quotes on Yoga and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Yoga and Well-Being

Yoga benefits well-being by freeing the human body, mind, and spirit to transcend everyday stress and discover greater energy. Enjoy these famous motivational quotes on yoga and well-being:

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Famous Quotes on Inclusivity and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Inclusivity and Well-Being

Diversity and inclusion are vital aspects of well-being because each person contributes uniquely valuable strengths to their community that help everyone thrive together. These famous quotes on inclusivity and well-being can motivate you to learn well from others:

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Smartphone Use Impairs Focus and Memory

Smartphone Use Impairs Focus and Memory

Smartphone use can negatively impact our brains, but it helps to be intentional about how we use our phones, writes Positive Leadership program faculty member Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog:

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Famous Quotes on Meditation and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Meditation and Well-Being

Meditation can rejuvenate your mind, empowering you to think clearly and fully. As a form of mindfulness practiced since ancient times, meditation has many well-being benefits. Let these famous quotes on meditation and well-being inspire you to give this powerful practice a try:

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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Leadership:  New on the Job?  Go Slow to Go Fast

Leadership: New on the Job? Go Slow to Go Fast

Going slow at the start of your tenure in a new job is critical to your success and the corporation’s success, writes Positive Leadership faculty member and CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Steve Gladis. Then you'll find your pace and eventually go faster than you could otherwise:

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Famous Quotes on Exploring Nature and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Exploring Nature and Well-Being

Humans are deeply connected to the natural world outside, so the exploration process in nature can strengthen well-being in many ways. Let these famous quotes on exploring nature for well-being motivate you to explore the outdoors often:

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Famous Quotes on Traveling and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Traveling and Well-Being

Every trip you take can lead you on a journey to greater well-being. Traveling expands your mind, which opens up wonderful learning opportunities that empower you to live well. These famous motivational quotes on travel and well-being explain the benefits of travel:

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Famous Quotes on Pets and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Pets and Well-Being

Pets benefit people’s well-being in many ways, from joy to unconditional love. Animals and people who share homes live well together in caring relationships. Let these famous quotes on pets and well-being motivate you to adopt pets and learn from them:

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Staying In is as Important as Leaning In

Staying In is as Important as Leaning In

What women want most for success is a job that fits their lives and lets them use their talents to do meaningful work, writes Positive Leadership program faculty member Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog.

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Famous Quotes on Resilience and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Resilience and Well-Being

Developing resilience is essential to enjoying well-being. A resilient person is able to successfully navigate life’s ups and downs to experience a good quality of life no matter what happens. These famous quotes on resilience and well-being can motivate you to learn resiliency:

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Famous Quotes on Learning and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Learning and Well-Being

If you want to live well, you must learn well. The more you pursue wisdom through learning, the more fulfilling your life can become. Let these quotes on learning and well-being motivate you to continue your education in life every day:

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Famous Quotes on Confidence and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Confidence and Well-Being

Confidence is a vital part of well-being, because you need to value yourself to be motivated to take good care of your well-being. The more you learn how to be confident, the more you can live well. These famous confidence quotes can motivate you:

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Be Happy in Spite of

Be Happy in Spite of

Older people have learned that there will always be bad things, but they can choose to be happy in spite of them, writes Positive Leadership program faculty member Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog.

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What’s Your AQ?

What’s Your AQ?

People with a high AQ accept that change is inevitable and work to adapt to it, writes Positive Leadership program faculty member Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog.

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The Mental Benefits of Vacationing Somewhere New

The Mental Benefits of Vacationing Somewhere New

Traveling to new places to get out of your comfort zone, expose yourself to uncertainty, and eschew rest for exploration and learning can strengthen your mental well-being in several key ways, writes CWB Senior Scientist Todd Kashdan in this Harvard Business Review article.

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Famous Olympics Quotes on Well-Being and Leadership

Famous Olympics Quotes on Well-Being and Leadership

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea brings the attention of people worldwide to the importance of well-being and leadership. Enjoy these famous motivational quotes from athletes who are competing in this winter Olympics and others who have competed in previous Olympic Games.

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Famous Quotes on Stress and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Stress and Well-Being

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. If we respond positively to stressful situations, we can learn and grow in ways that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. But too much stress can harm our well-being. These famous quotes about stress and well-being can help you manage stress wisely.

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Wishing You a Phubbing Free Holiday

Wishing You a Phubbing Free Holiday

"Phubbing" is a new word that refers to snubbing someone by checking your phone. This holiday season, give others the gift of your presence, writes Dr. Beth Cabrera in her latest blog.

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What is Your Mason Story?

What is Your Mason Story?

Join a conversation on well-being and diversity in our Mason community: Wednesday, November 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Patriot's Lounge, Student Union Building 1.

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Famous Quotes on Kindness and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Kindness and Well-Being

Kindness is a simple choice that profoundly affects the quality of people's well-being. Our society celebrates random acts of kindness. But being kind is a consistent character trait you can develop and practice in every interaction with another human being. Here are some famous quotes on kindness and well-being:

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Famous Quotes on Coaching for Leaders

Famous Quotes on Coaching for Leaders

Coaching is a vital leadership skill to learn for 21st century workplaces, which are often centered on teamwork. The more you, as a leader, can build good relationships with the people you lead, the more success you all can enjoy together. Here are some famous motivational quotes on coaching and leadership:

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Positive Leadership Certificate Program Empowers Leaders

Positive Leadership Certificate Program Empowers Leaders

Dr. Steve Gladis and Dr. Beth Cabrera, who are both Senior Scholars at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, work together on a popular Positive Leadership Certificate program that teaches people the skills they need to put positivity into practice on the job every day.

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Famous Quotes on Resilience

Famous Quotes on Resilience

Resilience empowers people to successfully navigate the stress, change, and uncertainty that leaders often face. Resilient leaders also recover from adversity well. So resiliency is a valuable leadership skill – and famous people have had a lot to say about it. Here are some motivational quotes on resilience and leadership to ponder:

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Famous Quotes on Courage and Leadership

Famous Quotes on Courage and Leadership

What would you like to accomplish the most as a leader? Achieving any worthwhile goal requires taking risks – so courage is essential. Famous people have had a lot to say about overcoming fear and developing courage. Here are some motivational quotes on courage and leadership:

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Famous Quotes on Mindfulness and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Mindfulness and Well-Being

Mindfulness empowers you to focus on the present moment and experience peace within it, no matter what circumstances you’re going through. There are many benefits of mindfulness – from less stress to more concentration – and there are also many ways to practice it. Here are some famous quotes on mindfulness and well-being:

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Famous Quotes on Fitness and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Fitness and Well-Being

Exercise is a fundamental practice to strengthen well-being. But working out can be challenging because it requires significant time and energy. Famous people have had a lot to say about the wellness benefits of exercising. Here are some quotes on fitness and well-being to motivate you to work out:

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Famous Quotes on Research and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Research and Well-Being

Lifelong learning is an important part of well-being, and research helps you learn. What are you wondering about? Researching your questions is an adventure that will grow your mind well. Here are some famous quotes on the well-being benefits of research:

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Famous Quotes on Sleep and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Sleep and Well-Being

Sleeping well is vital to experiencing both physical and mental well-being. Yet sleep deprivation is a common problem. Let these famous quotes on sleep and wellness motivate you to get enough sleep regularly:

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Famous Quotes on Nutrition and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Nutrition and Well-Being

The quality of the food you eat powerfully impacts the health of your body. Every meal and snack is an opportunity to choose wellness through nutritious and delicious foods. Let these famous quotes on nutrition and well-being motivate you to eat a healthy diet:

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Enjoying Workday Lunches Together

Enjoying Workday Lunches Together

When coworkers eat lunch together, it can powerfully strengthen their well-being in the workplace. Colleagues at Mason Recreation enjoy workday lunches together regularly, writes Jennifer De La Rosa in this Share Your Story feature.

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Famous Quotes on Strengths and Leadership

Famous Quotes on Strengths and Leadership

Many people lack the courage they need to succeed at work because they worry about their weaknesses. As a leader, you can empower people significantly by bringing out their strengths. Here are some motivational quotes on personal strengths and leadership:

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Famous Quotes on Student Activism and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Student Activism and Well-Being

What values are most important to you? What issues do you care most about, and why? You truly can change the world for the better when you act on what matters most to you. Here are some famous quotes on student activism and well-being:

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Famous Quotes on Purpose and Leadership

Famous Quotes on Purpose and Leadership

As a leader, you need to know where you want to lead yourself and others. What’s the purpose of the work you do? Discovering your purpose – and working toward it every day – will empower you and the people you lead to learn and achieve success. Here are some motivational quotes on purpose and leadership:

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Famous Quotes on Positive Leadership

Famous Quotes on Positive Leadership

Leadership styles vary, but there is only one approach that inspires people: positivity. When you’re a positive leader, people will work with you not because they have to, but because they want to – and you’ll experience success together. Here are some motivational quotes on positive leadership:

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Famous Quotes on Well-Being at Work

Famous Quotes on Well-Being at Work

Are you happy in your job? As a leader, are you working to achieve goals that truly matter? Well-being is a vital part of leadership because only leaders who are well can successfully lead others. Here are some motivational quotes to challenge you to pursue greater well-being at work:

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Famous Quotes on Forgiveness and Well-Being: Part 2

Famous Quotes on Forgiveness and Well-Being: Part 2

Forgiving people who have hurt us and seeking forgiveness from those we have hurt is vital to our well-being. It’s only by practicing forgiveness that we can live with peace day to day. Here is part two of some famous quotes on forgiveness and well-being to challenge you to forgive:

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Famous Quotes on Forgiveness and Well-Being: Part 1

Famous Quotes on Forgiveness and Well-Being: Part 1

We all make mistakes, so we all need forgiveness. Giving and receiving forgiveness empowers us to learn valuable lessons and develop compassion. Here is part one of some famous quotes on forgiveness and well-being to motivate you to forgive:

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Famous Quotes on Friends, Family, and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Friends, Family, and Well-Being

Relationships with the people who are closest to us – friends and family – are vital to our well-being. We all need to give and receive the love, encouragement, accountability, and support that those relationships make possible. Here are some famous quotes on the benefits of spending time with friends and family:

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Famous Quotes on Art and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Art and Well-Being

Art illustrates the beauty around us, showing fresh perspectives on ourselves and our world. Artistic expressions of all kinds benefit us in many ways – from promoting healing to fueling creativity. Here are some famous quotes on art and well-being:

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Famous Quotes on Walking and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Walking and Well-Being

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to strengthen your physical fitness through exercise is to take a walk. You can also discover benefits for your mind as well as your body while walking. Here are some famous quotes on walking and well-being to motivate you:

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Famous Quotes on Laughter and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Laughter and Well-Being

A fun and effective way to strengthen your well-being is simply to laugh. Laughing at something funny is such a simple act, but it offers a wide variety of benefits – from relieving stress to building relationships. Some famous quotes on laughter and well-being to motivate you to enjoy humor whenever you can:

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Famous Quotes on Prayer and Well-Being

Famous Quotes on Prayer and Well-Being

Prayer is a powerful force for good. When you pray, you can strengthen your well-being in multidimensional ways. Here are some famous quotes on prayer and well-being to inspire you to express your faith by praying:

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Learn a Key Life Skill through the Resilience Badge Workshop

Learn a Key Life Skill through the Resilience Badge Workshop

People who are resilient can thrive in any situation, so college students who develop resiliency are well-prepared for the personal and professional challenges they’ll face in the future. Now there’s a way for Mason students to learn this vital well-being skill and earn a credential that demonstrates their proficiency: the Resilience Badge.

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Famous Quotes on Music and Well-Being: Part 2

Famous Quotes on Music and Well-Being: Part 2

Music has the power to affect all of us – from triggering our emotions to energizing our bodies. No matter which musical genres you most enjoy, you can strengthen your well-being through music. Here are some more motivational quotes on music and well-being:

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Friends at Work

Friends at Work

According to a recent Gallup study, having a best friend at work is one of the most important factors in job satisfaction and performance. Mason's Student Health Services fosters coworker friendships well, writes Patrice Levinson in this Share Your Story feature.

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Famous Quotes on Music and Well-Being: Part 1

Famous Quotes on Music and Well-Being: Part 1

Music is often called the universal language because it’s a foundational part of our world and we can all relate to it well. Listening to music and expressing ourselves through music is so powerful that it is a popular way of healing stress and exercising creativity. Here are some famous motivational quotes on the well-being benefits of music:

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Famous Leadership Quotes: Part 3

Famous Leadership Quotes: Part 3

Developing strong leadership skills can empower you to enjoy well-being in every part of your life. Famous leaders throughout history have had a lot to say about leadership and its value to bring positive change both professionally and personally. Here are more inspiring leadership quotes to ponder:

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Famous Leadership Quotes: Part 2

Famous Leadership Quotes: Part 2

The topic of leadership encompasses so many skills that it can be difficult to define. Essentially, leaders influence other people. Whether or not that influence leads to good results depends on many different factors. These motivational leadership quotes from famous people can shed some light on who leaders are and what they do:

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Famous Quotes on Reading and Well-Being: Part 2

Famous Quotes on Reading and Well-Being: Part 2

Reading is a vital skill for learning, and the more you learn, the more well-being you can enjoy. Choose to read whatever sparks your interest every day, and you’ll discover that the time you spend is a worthy investment in your mind. Here are more famous motivational quotes on the benefits of reading:

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Famous Quotes on Reading and Well-Being: Part 1

Famous Quotes on Reading and Well-Being: Part 1

Reading strengthens your mind, which is essential to your well-being. In this information age, you can find plenty of opportunities to read. Reading content that both informs and inspires you will bring many well-being benefits into your life. Here are some famous motivational quotes on reading benefits:

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Famous Leadership Quotes: Part 1

Famous Leadership Quotes: Part 1

Leadership is a vital skill that wise people develop throughout their lives. Many famous people have spoken eloquently about how to become a strong leader. Here are some famous leadership quotes to motivate you on your own journey of learning how to lead well.

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CWB Senior Scholar on How to Overcome Fear

CWB Senior Scholar on How to Overcome Fear

If you ever feel afraid of experiencing failure and being judged for it, you're in good company. Many people deal with those fears regularly -- especially during challenging circumstances. But the good news is that everyone can learn how to live beyond fear and experience well-being despite feeling worried. CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera shares insights into how that process works in a recent FEAR NOT podcast interview.

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Bitter or Better? Conflict as a Force for Well-Being at Mason

Bitter or Better? Conflict as a Force for Well-Being at Mason

Conflict is a part of all our lives. Often, it’s the destructive type of conflict that grabs our attention: political candidates insult each other, road rage causes an accident, an argument with a friend or romantic partner leads to estrangement. But conflict can be a positive force for well-being. Using conflict in constructive ways can help us learn valuable lessons that empower us to become stronger, conflict experts around Mason said.

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What’s the Science of Positivity?

What’s the Science of Positivity?

If you increase the level of positivity in your workplace, you can increase the bottom line there and enjoy great success, writes Dr. Steve Gladis in this excerpt from his book Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work.

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Arts and Nature: A Double Dose of Well-Being

Arts and Nature: A Double Dose of Well-Being

Planning to enjoy time outdoors or seeing a show or this summer? Doing so is not only fun, it's also a smart choice to invest in your well-being. CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera’s latest blog explores why the arts and nature are two key factors for well-being.

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Mental Health First Aid Well-Being Course Begins this Fall

Mental Health First Aid Well-Being Course Begins this Fall

A new well-being course will teach students how to assist people who are dealing with a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-week course students can take to earn one academic credit from Mason and a certificate from Mental Health First Aid USA, part of the National Council of Behavioral Health.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Embracing the Unknown

Embracing the Unknown

How can we embrace the unknown? CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Beth Cabrera’s blog explores how to reduce anxiety and increase resilience by accepting life's surprises.

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CWB Senior Scholar Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

CWB Senior Scholar Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Steve Gladis -- leadership coach and CWB Senior Scholar -- is one of two Mason alumni receiving this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in June for his positive impact on people and organizations throughout our community.

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Resilience at Mason

Resilience at Mason

Spring is here and the semester is entering its busy season before exams and graduation. How are you holding up? Are you able to attend to your well-being and stay focused during this important time? Are you more resilient than you realize? George Mason University Life Associate Dean Lewis Forrest describes George Mason University's resilience work in this insightful blog for Graduate Student Life at Mason.

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Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it:  A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it: A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Dr. O’Neill, a Senior Scientist for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) and Assistant Professor of Management in the George Mason University School of Business, along with faculty in the Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology program - ranked 10th in North America - contribute to this unique body of knowledge. Dr. O’Neill’s work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous prestigious academic journals.

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Resilience: The Key to Thriving During Uncertainty

Resilience: The Key to Thriving During Uncertainty

Learning how to be a resilient person — someone who can manage uncertainty and recover from adversity well — is crucial because it develops our inner strength. Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington will deliver a keynote speech at the Leading to Well-Being Conference in April, where leaders and learners will discuss the latest research and innovative ideas about resilience.

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Catalyzing Well-Being Universities Around the World

Catalyzing Well-Being Universities Around the World

What if universities all over the world worked together for global well-being? That was the vision the first International Symposium on the Well-Being University explored. The event, which was hosted in June by the University of Lisbon in Portugal and co-sponsored by Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, featured participants from five different continents.

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Mindful Living LLC Shows How Mindfulness Can Lead to Gratitude

Mindful Living LLC Shows How Mindfulness Can Lead to Gratitude

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? Perhaps something comes to mind that’s especially positive in your life right now. You can discover all sorts of reasons to give thanks by tapping into a powerful well-being practice: mindfulness. Members of Mason’s Mindful Living LLC say that practicing mindfulness helps them notice a lot to appreciate in their lives.

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Healing Wounds: Lessons from Mason’s Veterans

Healing Wounds: Lessons from Mason’s Veterans

One part of the George Mason University campus community especially well-acquainted with pain and the healing process is the group of approximately 2,000 students who are military veterans. Some of them are tapping into well-being practices to heal from even the toughest pain.

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University Life’s Student Well-Being Team: Scholars at Work

University Life’s Student Well-Being Team: Scholars at Work

All around campus, students are helping other students learn how to reach their full potential by tapping into the strength that comes from well-being. During Well-Being Week, University Life’s student well-being team works with other students through workshops and events. This small but mighty group of students are passionate about helping others reach their full potential through well-being,

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How Universities, like Mason, Can Support Emerging Adults

How Universities, like Mason, Can Support Emerging Adults

How can Mason students between ages 18 and 29 successfully navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood? Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, author of the bestselling book Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties, explored that question when he spoke on campus as part of the Fall for the Book festival.

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Cultivating the Seeds of Well-Being at Mason

Cultivating the Seeds of Well-Being at Mason

Join Doc Nix, Dr. Todd Kashdan, and more while you engage with fellow students & Mason faculty for a one-hour shift in Mason’s President’s Park Greenhouse on Tuesday, September 13th! Commit to doing an hour of good – for yourself, for Mason, for the planet — and have fun doing it!

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Dr. Nance Lucas & CWB Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Dr. Nance Lucas & CWB Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Dr. Nance Lucas, an associate professor at George Mason University, has one of the most positive jobs on the campus. Dr. Lucas, who studies ethics, positive psychology, and leadership, is director of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, a teaching and research effort that focuses on the science and application of well-­being, which she defines as "building a life of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement."

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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Author Leigh Stringer on GMU’s Center for the Advancement of Well-being: Interview with Nance Lucas, Executive Director

Author Leigh Stringer on GMU’s Center for the Advancement of Well-being: Interview with Nance Lucas, Executive Director

Leigh Stringer, LEED AP, is a workplace design guru, researcher, and author The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment and the Bottom Line and The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line. She has been interviewed for her work by CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. Leigh recently interviewed Executive Director Nance Lucas to learn more about the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

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Kathleen deLaski Explores Her Father's Founding of CWB at Mason in The Washington Post: "Should universities teach students to ‘find themselves’?"

Kathleen deLaski Explores Her Father's Founding of CWB at Mason in The Washington Post: "Should universities teach students to ‘find themselves’?"

Are college students at the breaking point? Kathleen deLaski, the president of the deLaski Family Foundation and the founder of Education Design Lab and EdFuel, asks that question. DeLaski, who served on the George Mason University Board of Visitors from 2005 through 2013, writes about her father’s search for meaning and how those themes have been surprisingly resonant on a large university campus.

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Journey to Well-Being at George Mason University

Journey to Well-Being at George Mason University

At Mason, we believe that "we thrive together" - shared success is one of our core values. We want to become the first well-being university, providing a place for all members of our Mason community in an environment where they can personally thrive while contributing to the overall mission. The university-wide Center for the Advancement of Well-Being provides a focal point for our efforts to promote positive change. To learn more, view this video spearheaded by Mason’s Well-Being Learning Community and produced by The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

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Well-Being at the Heart of New Century College's Learning Experience

Well-Being at the Heart of New Century College's Learning Experience

New Century College (NCC) defines well-being as the “lifelong experience of satisfaction, happiness, and purpose,” and views this as a core competency for all NCC students. NCC seeks to achieve the goals set by its motto, “Connecting the Classroom to the World,” by offering course work, field studies, internships, and volunteer opportunities that encourage its students to find connections between their personal well-being and that of their community.

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George Mason University's "Well-Being University Initiative"

George Mason University's "Well-Being University Initiative"

George Mason University is becoming the first well-being university in the country! Listen to President Cabrera, Dr. Todd Kashdan, Gallup's Brandon Busteed, Dr. Nance Lucas, Tom Rath, and many more describe how actionable well-being is taking place! George Mason is cultivating a community where students, faculty, and staff are building a life of vitality, purpose, and resilience and thriving together!

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Mason Launches Well-Being Initiative

Mason Launches Well-Being Initiative

In 2014, President Cabrera devised Mason’s Strategic Plan, which includes Goal #7: “Create a model well-being university that allows all of its members to thrive.” The president has asked The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being to become Mason’s central location for the Well-Being University Initiative.

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Maddux Wins Fulbright to Help Lithuanian University

Maddux Wins Fulbright to Help Lithuanian University

University Professor James Maddux, an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Psychology and a senior scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, has won a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with Lithuania's Klaipeda University, where he will help develop and teach in its new master's degree program in counseling psychology.

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Kashdan Article on CNN.com Highlights Emotional Agility, Features Mason Colleague O'Neill

Kashdan Article on CNN.com Highlights Emotional Agility, Features Mason Colleague O'Neill

Todd Kashdan, faculty member in the Department of Psychology and senior scientist in the Center for Advancement of Well-Being (CWB), has teamed with Robert Biswas-Diener, his co-author of The Upside of Your Downside, to contribute an article to CNN.com on the benefits of emotional agility in the workplace. The piece quotes Olivia (Mandy) O'Neill, senior scientist in CWB, for her research in fire stations.

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Mason Reads Program Focuses on Well-Being

Mason Reads Program Focuses on Well-Being

The university's common read program is asking all freshmen to read the introspective best-seller “How Full Is Your Bucket?” by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. Students will have a chance to meet one of the authors this fall and to learn about their own strengths through the Gallup Organization's Strengths Finder assessment.

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Active Minds and Mason Organizations Present Powerful Message

Active Minds and Mason Organizations Present Powerful Message

On Wednesday, September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, the university teamed with the national awareness campaign Active Minds to deliver an eloquent message about the impact of campus suicide. The Send Silence Packing exhibit on the Fairfax Campus's North Plaza offered an opportunity to learn about suicide prevention resources.

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