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Gottman’s model for Flourishing Relationship

The art of making a relationship flourish has received significant media interest in recent years thanks to extensive research by world renowned relationship expert John Gottman. Gottman brought relationship into the lab and developed ingenious methods to assess thousands of couples. His findings are confronting to the traditional ways of thinking about how to make …

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Generosity

Hi Hanukah and Christmas are holidays full with rituals and symbolic acts of generosity. I take the opportunity to share some thoughts on the topic of generosity in this newsletter. I hope you find them useful. I wish you a happy new year. Enjoy and flourish. Hagai Avisar Generosity Imagine a group of people in …

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Power of Vulnerability

Dr Brene Brown’s teaching on: Authenticity, Connection and Courage Some of you may know Brene Brown from her Ted talk “Power of Vulnerability” which is on our website. I have recently listened to  her seminar on authenticity, connection and courage and felt deeply touched and inspired. For her research Dr Brown collected and analysed hundreds of stories …

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Growth Mindset

“There are no failures or mistakes, only consequences” Anon Positive psychology is not about being or thinking ‘positive’ but about growth and flourishing. Growth mindset is the topic of psychology researcher Carol Dweck as summarised in her book “Mindset”. It all comes down to two fundamentally different mindsets – Growth mindset and Fixed mindset. See a colorful summary of the …

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Post-Traumatic Growth

Post-traumatic Growth  “We can replace a medically oriented perspective on posttraumatic stress with the understanding that the struggle with trauma can ultimately be a springboard to a greater level of psychological functioning” – Stephen Joseph.  Centre for Trauma, Resilience, and Growth, University of Nottingham, UK Majority of us are familiar with the term post-traumatic stress, however, …

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Curiosity

“One of the most overlooked keys to happiness is exercising our innate sense of curiosity. That’s because curiosity creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, laying the groundwork for greater opportunities to experience discovery, joy and delight.” – Dr. Todd Kashdan Curiosity is what you are doing right now. Your attention is open to absorb the next stimuli …

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Hero Within

“The hero  is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen” Dr. Andrew Bernstein  How often do we get to hear stories about acts of heroism? I will guess that for each 100 stories of crimes, corruptions, wars etc we may hear 1 story of heroism. To me Heroism is a …

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