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Our research encompasses the following themes: vocation, purpose, wholeness, engagement, commitment, meaning, and impact.

Flourishment: Clergy and Microcultures Part 1, Attentively and Urgently, Slowly

Author: Philip Amerson

Clergypersons flourish in relationship to the microcultures in which they live and work. Emotionally healthy faith leaders can and do contribute to the creation, and sustaining, of strong and resilient congregations and communities. It is also the case that strong and resilient congregations and communities contribute to the wellbeing of a clergyperson. Congregations are one of our societies clearest examples of a microculture

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Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones

Author: Jane E. Brody

Most mornings as I leave the Y after my swim and shower, I cross paths with a coterie of toddlers entering with their caregivers for a kid-oriented activity. I can’t resist saying hello, requesting a high-five, and wishing them a fun time. I leave the Y grinning from ear to ear, uplifted not just by my own workout but even more so by my interaction with these darling representatives of the next generation.

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Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being

Author: Jill Suttie

A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being. Many people consider creativity the realm of the tortured soul. Think of Sylvia Plath, Kurt Cobain, or Vincent Van Gogh. Though there is no doubt that Plath, Cobain, and Van Gogh created works of great art, science suggests that they may be more the exception than the rule.

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How to Awaken Compassion at Work

Author: Jill Suttie

A new book explains why showing compassion in the workplace can help employees and businesses to thrive. I still remember how I felt when I had to tell a boss of mine that I was pregnant. She had only hired me fairly recently, and I was sure she would be upset and disappointed. She might even try to fire me.

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