Life has much to offer; however, life often is hard and we all will experience difficult and sometimes tragic times.

As people navigate through challenging times, some people fare better than others. Recent research has shed light on why this is the case. This body of research has explored the building blocks of emotional resilience and has identified a number of strategies that can help people not only cope more effectively during difficult times, but also maintain an on-going sense of meaningfulness and well-being (even when the going gets tough).This workshop considers a number of strategies drawn from research on resiliency, adaptive emotional habits, neuroscience of positive emotions, cultural and spiritual traditions for confronting painful emotional times, and strategies drawn from positive psychology.

Included are: ways to overcome maladaptive emotional habits, healthy mood regulation techniques, improving the quality of sleep, increasing self-awareness, making life decisions that increase a sense of vitality and meaningfulness, dealing with times of very serious illness or one’s mortality, and approaches that foster optimal brain regulation of mood and cognitive functioning. The talk presents science-based research, but is largely practical and applied…with many action strategies for improving the quality of life.


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