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

Thriving Together Series: Finding Community in Fitness

Thriving Together Series: Finding Community in Fitness by Becky Demus, Assistant Director of Fitness for Mason Recreation “We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.” – Brené Brown This edition was written by Becky Demus, the Assistant Director of Fitness for Mason Recreation. Becky is a certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Health Coach. She earned her Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Social Scientific Perspectives. When I think of the word “community”, I think of a place where I feel welcome – a place that makes me feel good inside. A fitness [...]

Thriving Together Series: Finding Community in Fitness2021-07-12T13:12:18-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Organization and Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: Organization and Well-Being by Ethan Carter, Associate Director of Programs, Well-Being, & Assessment, Mason Recreation "Seldom are the humble self-assertive, or the self-assertive humble. But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony." - Martin Luther King Jr. To me, being organized is living in a state of readiness for whatever circumstances life provides. When positive things happen, I am ready to respond with an open mind. When something negative happens, I am ready to respond with an open mind. When I am in a season of optimized organization, I feel that it leaves room [...]

Thriving Together Series: Organization and Well-Being2021-07-15T10:28:40-04:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Build Resilience to Manage Change Well

Thriving Together Series: How to Build Resilience to Manage Change Well by Katie Clare, Associate Director for Resilience Programs, University Life "We all need resilience to live a fulfilling life. With resilience, you’ll be more prepared to take on challenges, to develop your talents, skills, and abilities so that you can live with more purpose and more joy." - Eric Grietens Since resilience is always shifting and challenges always changing, building resilience requires continuous work, and it’s not work that can wait for the crisis. A crisis teaches us new things. A challenging stressor gives us an opportunity to flex our resilience. [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Build Resilience to Manage Change Well2021-07-15T10:29:59-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being and Healthy Sleep

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being and Healthy Sleep by Mark Thurston, Ph.D., CWB Senior Scholar “It is not surprising that sleep problems are a common occurrence in college students. Up to 60% report bad sleep quality… These … rates are alarming, because sleep is related closely to academic success and general health in college students.” - The Journal of Sleep Research This edition was written by Mark Thurston, Ph.D., a term associate professor in the School of Integrative Studies and the faculty director of Mason’s academic Minor in Well-Being. With a background in psychology, Mark has been at Mason for 12 years, and his courses include [...]

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being and Healthy Sleep2021-07-15T10:30:52-04:00

Thriving Together Series: Kindness in the University Classroom

Thriving Together Series: Kindness in the University Classroom by Laura Dallman, graduate student, College of Education and Human Development “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thought creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” - Lao Tzu Where does kindness belong in the college classroom? We come to a university to learn new information and ideas, to acquire skills and expand perspectives. We learn stuff. We learn to do stuff. But kindness? What does kindness have to do with teaching and learning? Performing random acts of kindness (ROK) is a familiar way to think of kindness – doing something for someone “just because”. A [...]

Thriving Together Series: Kindness in the University Classroom2021-07-15T10:31:34-04:00
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