Person sits in silouette on a rocky beach, looking out over the layered, wavey water. A bird floats on a thermal, into the sky that cradles us all.
25 May 2017

LovingKindess Meditation

LovingKindness meditation is about learning to develop compassion. LovingKindness practice is about unconditional acceptance and compassion for oneself and others. There should be no expectation

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A woman sits on a small porch by the water, legs crossed, the green of the world around her meditative and serene as she sits quietly, reflecting.
26 Apr 2017

3 Minute Breathing Space Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is an effective resilience strategy that leads to increased focus, grounding, and ability to bounce back after things go wrong. Regular meditation practice,

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She sits cross-legged on a park bench; a red balloon in her hands.
13 Mar 2017

Making Resilience: Teaching Forgiveness, Goals, Exercise, Mindfulness, and Savouring

I recently developed a workbook for students linked to the academic year calendar with weekly exercises, primarily from The How of Happiness. These exercises are

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The night sky opens up over a silhouetted forest; the galaxy, bring and bold, is backdrop for a shooting star. A faint outline of the 5 Factor Model hangs in the sky, the shooting star hitting it dead centre in mindfulness...
06 Mar 2017

The 5 Factor Model of Resilience

This article was originally published in the magazine TEDxRyersonU: Lenses in March 2017. When I was a little girl I used to wish upon a star;

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A red balloon rises into the trees; inspiration and flow, a real growth mindset...
14 Feb 2017

Making Resilience: Teaching Students Coping, Growth, Kindness, and Flow

I recently developed a workbook for students linked to the academic year calendar with weekly exercises, primarily from The How of Happiness. These exercises are

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A woman stands in the Ryerson Quad, eyes cast upwards to a floating red balloon, a look of mesmerized joy on her face.
10 Jan 2017

Making Happiness: How to Teach Students Resilience Through Weekly Exercises (Part II)

In her book, The How of Happiness (2007), Sonia Lyubomirsky provides research within the field of Positive Psychology to support a full range of exercises

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A memory book and a camera lie together on a table, awaiting a chance to capture memories.
28 Nov 2016

Thrive Calendar Week 13: Savouring Life’s Joys (Past, Present, Future)

As part of the Resilience at Ryerson: ThriveRU series, these weekly exercises are linked to specific challenges we know our students are likely to face

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A peaceful, water side park, perfect for meditation beneath a tree casting a shadow on the grass.
21 Nov 2016

Thrive Calendar Week 12: Mindfulness Meditation

As part of the Resilience at Ryerson: ThriveRU series, these weekly exercises are linked to specific challenges we know our students are likely to face

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A woman walking her dog down a long, tree filled lane.
14 Nov 2016

Thrive Calendar Week 11: Physical Activity & Exercise

As part of the Resilience at Ryerson: ThriveRU series, these weekly exercises are linked to specific challenges we know our students are likely to face

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One foot in front of the other as you traverse up the stairs, towards your goal.
07 Nov 2016

Thrive Calendar Week 10: Committing To Your Goals

As part of the Resilience at Ryerson: ThriveRU series, these weekly exercises are linked to specific challenges we know our students are likely to face

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On a black and white image of a person holding out their hands, lays a bright red heart, cracked in two, but the pieces held together.
31 Oct 2016

Thrive Calendar Week 9: Learning To Forgive

As part of the Resilience at Ryerson: ThriveRU series, these weekly exercises are linked to specific challenges we know our students are likely to face

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Stand at the intersection of boredom and anxiety, be not too far into either, and find flow.
24 Oct 2016

Thrive Calendar Week 8: Increasing Flow

As part of the Resilience at Ryerson: ThriveRU series, these weekly exercises are linked to specific challenges we know our students are likely to face

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