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Resilience of a First Generation Student: Five Lessons

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Resilience of a First Generation Student: Five Lessons

By Estefania Lopez, M.S. Candidate First generation college students are often hardworking and adapt well to stress, but their well-being can suffer during the journey of adaptation. Learn and share five lessons from a first gen. I could talk endlessly about being a first-generation college student. While being a 'first gen' has shaped my identity and work, it has also been extremely difficult and intimidating. Through my own struggle with resilience, I have learned some lessons that I want to share. I hope these lessons not only resonate with first gen students but also with others as well.  Let’s start at my...

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The Quest for Spirituality and Health: Well-Being or Transcendence?

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The Quest for Spirituality and Health: Well-Being or Transcendence?

To be a warrior of spiritual health, thee must forge the swamp of silly definitions, fight the dragon of hypocrisy in health systems, scale the castle of spiritual transcendence and, once you find thyself in the tower of wholeness, wander through the shadows until thee finds the Holy Grail Many people believe the ultimate goal of our life’s journey lies in the meaningful fulfillment of some cherished value, accomplishment, realization, or legacy – whether in family, service, career, or one’s own private aspiration. Others think that these activities and aspirations are fleeting: what matters most is access to higher states...

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14 Suggestions for Moms who use Social Media

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14 Suggestions for Moms who use Social Media

  By Brittany D. Linde, PhD Moms can use social media for healthy self-expression and social support; AND healthy boundaries are essential I’m a mom. I’ve blogged about being a mom before. It’s a newer role for me; my daughter turned two in November. Since I’ve become a mom, I’ve learned why moms lean on social media for education and support. I’ve also learned why social media is, quite possibly, the WORST place for moms to hang out. Let me digress.   “Mom” groups are everywhere. I’ve joined mom groups on social media for support related to getting out stains,...

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Resilience 3.0: Guidance Toward a Next Generation of Work-Centric Initiatives

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Resilience 3.0: Guidance Toward a Next Generation of Work-Centric Initiatives

Resilience is an ongoing part of a process of transforming human potential. The secret of this work requires tapping into the process and holding stress as a potential for thriving. Resilience is an empowering step along the way. My View Point, A Disclaimer. Over the past 20 years, my colleagues and I have implemented resilience and healthy culture interventions in dozens of settings. You can download some of our research here. Our programs have been acknowledged as effective by the U.S. Surgeon General and others. This includes training, and learning from, dozens of trainers who deliver our programs into work settings....

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Success Wisdom: Ground Level Advice

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Success Wisdom: Ground Level Advice

David Steed, OWLS Staff (Vice President of Business Development) What does success really mean? At first, the answer depends on who you ask. For students: graduation and a diploma; for athletes: besting your previous record or winning; for professionals: career growth and achievements; for businesses: new clients and profit. But when I dig deeper, I think one’s own internal sense of personal success is more important than all these external achievements. In fact, many of us lose our way. Students are anxious about making the grade; Americans appear anxious about losing their status; and increasing complexity in the workplace is...

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