Thriving Together Series: BIPOC Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: BIPOC Well-Being By: Christian White, Communications and Marketing Assistant, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." - Lena Horne I remember when I was a freshman walking into one of my first classes at Mason. Almost immediately after sitting down, I realized that I was the only Black student in the class. This wasn’t my first experience in such a situation, but I felt like coming to college would offer more diversity so that I wouldn’t experience that again. Unfortunately, this turned out to be [...]

Thriving Together Series: BIPOC Well-Being2021-09-23T15:30:03-04:00

Thriving Together Series: The Well-Being Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Thriving Together Series: The Well-Being Benefits of Aerobic Exercise By: Oladipo Eddo, PhD., CSCS, USAW, ACSM EP, Assistant Professor in Mason’s School of Kinesiology Aerobic exercise can strengthen your body and mind in ways that increase your overall well-being. The evidence is clear that aerobic activity offers powerful health benefits. Running and walking are two simple ways to start enjoying the well-being benefits of aerobic exercise. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being – not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. However, the absence of health is marked with detrimental [...]

Thriving Together Series: The Well-Being Benefits of Aerobic Exercise2021-09-13T10:23:31-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Mental Health during COVID-19

Thriving Together Series: Mental Health during COVID-19 By Rachel Wernicke, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Chief Mental Health Officer, University Life, George Mason University The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. Here's how to talk about it, and manage our feelings, for greater well-being. “Life’s beauty is inseparable from its fragility.” ― Susan David, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life How often, in our casual conversations with colleagues and acquaintances, do we hear the question “how are you?”, and provide a candid answer? It is increasingly common now to hear or provide an authentic [...]

Thriving Together Series: Mental Health during COVID-192021-09-02T17:42:27-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Meaning, Purpose and Significance

Thriving Together Series: Meaning, Purpose and Significance This edition of the Thriving Together Series is adapted from an excerpt in Leading Teams: Understanding the Team Leadership Pyramid by Steve and Kimberly Gladis. Steve Gladis, Ph.D., is CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners and serves our center as both a senior scholar and external board member. “The world is too much with us; late and soon/Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” – William Wordsworth, poet We know that living purposefully is good for our well-being, and we yearn to do so. Yet a sense of meaning, purpose, and significance can [...]

Thriving Together Series: Meaning, Purpose and Significance2021-08-26T14:46:32-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Creating Your New Normal

Thriving Together Series: Creating Your New Normal By: Lisa O’Rourke - Senior Marketing Consultant and Leadership/Well-Being Coach and Heather Soubra - Founder of Wiser Way Coaching LLC; Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) Lisa and Heather met in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being certificate program. Both are practicing coaches working with clients and groups to support their journey to become the best possible version of themselves. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson As we reflect on the coronavirus pandemic, [...]

Thriving Together Series: Creating Your New Normal2021-08-31T11:56:07-04:00

Thriving Together Series: 5 Ways to Boost Your Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: 5 Ways to Boost Your Well-Being By: Whitney Hopler, Communications Manager Our center helps people at Mason and beyond thrive together. Let us help you strengthen your well-being through a diverse variety of resources. Whether you’re looking to build community, take care of your mind and body, manage stress, discover meaning, or pursue your purpose, we can help you. We’re here for you on your well-being journey! Here are 5 ways you can boost your well-being through Mason’s well-being resources: Connect with your community: We all need healthy relationships, and at Mason, our community helps each other thrive together. [...]

Thriving Together Series: 5 Ways to Boost Your Well-Being2021-09-02T11:48:41-04:00

CWB Senior Scholar Millie Rivera Works at the Intersection of Well-Being, Diversity, and Inclusion

CWB Senior Scholar Millie Rivera Works at the Intersection of Well-Being, Diversity, and Inclusion by Whitney Hopler, Communications Manager Diversity and inclusion are a vital part of well-being, and as our culture grapples with social justice issues, our center’s Senior Scholar Miliagros (Millie) Rivera, Ph.D., is leading positive change. Rivera, the Director of Faculty Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-Being in Mason’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Development (FA&D), helps recruit and retain diverse faculty while also working for well-being for students and employees alike through Mindful Mason Moments, Mason Chooses Kindness, and the Rx Racial Healing Circles program. “Diversity, equity and inclusion work is vitally important to the future [...]

CWB Senior Scholar Millie Rivera Works at the Intersection of Well-Being, Diversity, and Inclusion2021-07-12T10:01:18-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Listening for Leaders

Thriving Together Series: Listening for Leaders by Melissa Schreibstein, Director of Well-Being Programs, CWB "Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk." - Doug Larson There is a leadership skill that is vital for all leaders to learn, to help employees navigate change and strengthen well-being in organizations. Hear this: it’s listening. Simply put, effective leaders are good listeners. If you’re a leader who people tend to come to for advice, focusing on listening might seem counterintuitive. Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Advice Trap, notes that leaders often fall into the trap of giving advice [...]

Thriving Together Series: Listening for Leaders2021-07-08T14:21:10-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Humor, Laughter, and Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: Humor, Laughter, and Well-Being by Milagros (Millie) Rivera, Ph.D., CWB Senior Scholar, Director of Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Well-Being, Office of Faculty Affairs and Development This edition of the Thriving Together Well-Being Weekly was written by Milagros (Millie) Rivera, Ph.D., Director of Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Well-Being, Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, and CWB Senior Scholar. “Laughter lets me relax. It’s the equivalent of taking a deep breath, letting it out and saying, ‘This, too, will pass’.” - Odette Pollar Enjoying humor and laughter can make a seriously positive impact on our well-being. Researchers say that when we laugh, our [...]

Thriving Together Series: Humor, Laughter, and Well-Being2021-07-12T12:06:11-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Win the Day with a Morning Routine

Thriving Together Series: Win the Day with a Morning Routine by Erika MacMillan, MBA This edition of the Thriving Together Series was written by Erika MacMillan, Vice President of Sales in the medical device industry, soon to-be children’s book author, and work-life integration and well-being enthusiast. Instagram: @erikamacmillan "If you win the morning, you win the day." – Tim Ferriss While not all morning routines are created equal, establishing a non-negotiable morning routine infused with intentional habits prepares the most successful individuals with a well-being mindset that sets the stage for the rest of the day. It is this foundation that supports [...]

Thriving Together Series: Win the Day with a Morning Routine2021-07-12T13:00:40-04:00
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