Thriving Together Series: How to Learn from Visual Art for Greater Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: How to Learn from Visual Art for Greater Well-Being   By Don Russell, University Curator and Yassmin Salem, Murals at Mason Manager “A work of Art is completed by the viewer.” - Marcel Duchamp, 20th-century anti-artist Viewing art helps us learn in ways that can boost our well-being. An artwork challenges our mind and our emotions, and if the right confluence of neural connections lights up in our brains, we experience the transformation of the unknown into a coherent and meaningful memory that, in turn, affects all of our thinking. The shaping of these ever-growing connections in our consciousness [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Learn from Visual Art for Greater Well-Being2021-11-16T14:19:03-05:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Be Patient When You’re Angry

Thriving Together Series: How to Be Patient When You’re Angry By: Wilson C. Hurley, LCSW “Where would I find enough leather To cover the entire surface of the earth? But with leather soles beneath my feet, It’s as if the whole world has been covered.” - Shantideva This edition was written by Wilson Hurley, LCSW, an adjunct professor in Mason’s Social Work Department who is also author of the book Compassion’s COMPASS: Strategies for Developing Kindness and Insight and a clinical social worker in private practice. We are living in challenging times. Murder rates are increasing, as are incidents of domestic violence and hate crimes. It [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Be Patient When You’re Angry2021-11-04T16:53:23-04:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Bounce Back from Challenges with Resilience

Thriving Together Series: How to Bounce Back from Challenges with Resilience By: Marcela Bolognesi, Mason student, School of Kinesiology major “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou What is resilience? Generation Z and millennials may simply state it as “bouncing back.” It is the courage that us humans partake in – to overcome grief from a tragedy or loss in our lives. When we learn how to be resilient, we can experience well-being in any circumstances. Here’s how to bounce back from challenges with resilience. We as a [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Bounce Back from Challenges with Resilience2021-11-03T17:56:11-04:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Be an Ambassador for Kindness

Thriving Together Series: How to Be an Ambassador for Kindness By: Vanessa Thompson, Special Projects Coordinator, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams Kindness is a choice and is always possible. All of us can bring positive change to our world by intentionally spreading kindness through our actions and words. At Mason, we have a new group of dedicated Kindness Ambassadors for our university community. You can serve as an ambassador for kindness anywhere, by prioritizing expressions of kindness [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Be an Ambassador for Kindness2021-11-03T14:56:26-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being for Young Professionals

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being for Young Professionals By: Ahmed Bubshait, Mason alumnus “You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn As a young professional, it is easy to get overwhelmed by work and experience burnout. You spend a great deal of your time trying to prove yourself, showing that you add value, and demonstrating your commitment. But you can’t succeed if you let stress overwhelm you. It’s vital to prioritize your well-being. These well-being tips for young professionals can help you do so. Looking back at my first year out of college, I used to stay [...]

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being for Young Professionals2021-10-26T15:19:06-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Stress Management for Student Parents

Thriving Together Series: Stress Management for Student Parents By: Emilie Dubert, Director, Contemporary Student Services “This struggle is real. The juggle is real. That’s why everyone should hire working mothers. They are put in crazy situations all the time and are forced to problem-solve. They are some of my most resourceful employees.” – Sara Blakely College students who are also parents can face intense stress. These stress management tips for student parents can strengthen well-being even in these challenging times. Another Monday morning in our house: As we speed toward 7:44 a.m., the moment when the school bus arrives, there is a whirlwind [...]

Thriving Together Series: Stress Management for Student Parents2021-10-21T16:17:19-04:00

Coaching Alumni Profiles: Susan Paley

Coaching Alumni Profiles: Susan Paley Susan Paley By Whitney Hopler, Communications Manager The connection between  leadership and well-being has become a key element of success, says Susan Paley, a Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being certificate program alumna who leads Bright Spots Coaching. “We’re past the days of putting ‘great leadership’ and ‘well-being’ in two separate buckets,” she says. “We've now discovered that when we lead from a place of authenticity, cognitive empathy, and connection, we create better teams, better relationships, better results. Setting a foundation of attention to our own well-being and that of the leader sitting in front [...]

Coaching Alumni Profiles: Susan Paley2021-10-19T10:02:39-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Mason BurnAlong Resources for Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: Mason BurnAlong Resources for Mental and Emotional Well-Being By: Lewis Forrest, Associate Dean of University Life, and Mark Alexander, Customer Success Manager at BurnAlong “Every journey begins with a single step.” - Maya Angelou     At Mason, we define well-being as building lives of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement. Taking good care of mental and emotional health is a vital part of achieving those goals. Through Mason’s partnership with BurnAlong, you can access a wealth of free online resources on topics such as stress management and mindfulness meditation, to help you strengthen your mental and emotional well-being. BurnAlong is a [...]

Thriving Together Series: Mason BurnAlong Resources for Mental and Emotional Well-Being2021-10-21T15:12:38-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Practicing Yoga for Well-Being Benefits

Thriving Together Series: Practicing Yoga for Well-Being Benefits By: Avinash Patwardhan MD, MS, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global and Community Health “Yoga is essentially a practice for your soul, working through the medium of your body.” – Tara Fraser Yoga is immensely popular around the world and in the United States, and its popularity is continuing to grow. Yoga offers many powerful well-being benefits, and also many diverse ways to practice. Here are key highlights of how yoga can strengthen your well-being, and how to choose the best yoga practice for your particular needs. By practicing yoga, research shows you can experience [...]

Thriving Together Series: Practicing Yoga for Well-Being Benefits2021-10-21T15:13:40-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Managing Anxiety

Thriving Together Series: Managing Anxiety By: James E. Maddux, Ph.D, CWB Senior Scholar “I have spent most of my time worrying about things that have never actually happened.” - Mark Twain Almost everyone worries about something nearly every day. Many people spend a good deal of the day worrying about bad things that might happen to them that day or in the future. Occasional anxiety is an inescapable part of being alive. You probably can’t eliminate anxiety from your life , but you can learn to manage it  more effectively. To learn to manage anxiety more effectively, it helps to understand [...]

Thriving Together Series: Managing Anxiety2021-10-21T15:14:27-04:00
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