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

Thriving Together Series: Listening to Sound for Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: Listening to Sound for Well-Being by Katie Clare, Associate Director for Resilience Programs, University Life “The basic benefit of sound, and the reason it has healing qualities, is because, if you’re willing to focus upon something that is a sound, not a conversation, a sound, not an opinion, a sound, not a problem, a sound, not something that you are wanting to be otherwise, then it has the same capability that meditation does when you’re focused without resistance.” – Abraham Hicks Mindfully listening to sound can be an especially enjoyable way to strengthen your well-being. Mason’s innovative well-being installation Arcadia, [...]

Thriving Together Series: Listening to Sound for Well-Being2021-07-12T13:04:21-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Leadership Self-Efficacy and Gender

Thriving Together Series: Leadership Self-Efficacy and Gender by Julie Owen, Ph.D., CWB Senior Scholar, School of Integrative Studies Associate Professor This edition of the Thriving Together Series was written by CWB senior scholar Julie E. Owen, Ph.D., associate professor in Mason’s School of Integrative Studies and author of the book We Are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For: Women and Leadership Development in College (Stylus, 2020). Dr. Owen’s research explores the intersections of leadership identity and women’s adult development, as well as the scholarship of liberatory leadership teaching and learning. "When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my [...]

Thriving Together Series: Leadership Self-Efficacy and Gender2021-07-12T13:07:09-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Racial Healing for Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: Racial Healing for Well-Being by Hamal Strayhorn, Director, Coalition Building and Diversity Education, University Life “Healing from racism is a journey.” - Anneliese A. Singh Our nation has been grappling with two pandemics lately. One started at the end of 2019, while the other began over 400 years ago. The COVID-19 pandemic can be managed through medical interventions and breakthroughs, while the other remains an insidious pandemic continuing to plague the United States in more covert ways, sometimes explicitly showing itself through the ways we systematically view and treat communities of color. This pandemic is racism. More specifically, white [...]

Thriving Together Series: Racial Healing for Well-Being2021-07-12T13:08:35-04:00

Thriving Together Series: The Well-Being Benefits of Friendships

Thriving Together Series: The Well-Being Benefits of Friendships by Christie Michals, Employer Relations Coordinator, University Career Services “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Dr. Seuss Think about how you spend your days – whether you are in class, at work, or maybe a combination of both. Who are the people that you are surrounded by? Your friends are deeply connected to your happiness, and there are many well-being benefits of friendships. Evidence shows that social connection is a psychological need, leading humans to find greater life satisfaction. Humans are made [...]

Thriving Together Series: The Well-Being Benefits of Friendships2021-07-12T13:10:04-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Body Positivity for Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: Body Positivity for Well-Being by Jamila Johnson with Sherrene DeLong This edition was written by Jamila Johnson, Love Mila Brand Owner, with Sherrene DeLong, Well-Being Program Coordinator, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. “It takes courage to be yourself in a world where you are constantly told that who you are isn’t enough. Being yourself is the biggest gift you can offer yourself and others. Be brave enough to show the world who you are without an apology.” – Ash Alves Body positivity is actively looking for the best in yourself: Finding the positive attributes of your body and honoring that! It’s also recognizing [...]

Thriving Together Series: Body Positivity for Well-Being2021-07-12T13:11:06-04:00
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