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Connection

'Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.'  —Harriet Goldhor Lerner Most psychologists today would agree that the single most important contributor to our well-being is how we connect to others. Relating well…

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Beauty

'Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it' - Confucius Spring is knocking at our doors, suggesting it is time to blossom! In this issue we invite you to reflect with us on beauty. Read about how appreciating beauty contributes to our well-being, then watch a Happiness Conference panel discussion about the impact music can have on…

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Yes

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. —Joseph Campbell THE POWER OF YES Mother Nature has programmed us with a powerful survival instinct: the ability to say 'no'. Saying 'no' helps us to avoid danger and keeps us safe in times of uncertainty.…

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Resilience

Our lives are filled with moments of pain resulting from various setbacks and adversities. When we are in great emotional pain, we temporarily lose our ability to cope. We may feel lost, despairing and powerless. But if we have great resilience, we can recover from our setbacks faster and rise higher as we bounce back.…

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Freedom

Hi! In the Jewish tradition, tonight is the Passover – the holiday that celebrates and commemorates the story of Exodus. It is a story about setting the people free, and Passover is a time to reflect on freedom, so allow me to share my reflections here with you. I hope you enjoy them. Hagai Avisar…

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Courage

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon Hi! In this issue we focus on COURAGE. Courage is my favourite virtue. My personal experiences - especially as a Jew and an Israeli - have taught me the importance of staying true…

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Acceptance

Hi! I hope summer is going well for you. Is this what we call summer?! After fourteen years living in Melbourne I still struggle to accept this strange weather. But failing to accept it comes with a price. This has made me reflect on the pains we cause ourselves when we resist and judge the world as…

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Joy

Hi! In this issue you'll find: Reflections - On Feeling Good and what it has to do with a flourishing life Beyond Psychology - Read what Tolle has to say on Love and Joy Enjoy and flourish! Yours, Hagai "Guy" Avisar REFLECTIONS ON JOY Angels can fly not because they have wings, but because they make themselves light. -…

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Humility

  Life has strange ways of teaching us the lessons we are supposed to learn. Often these ways are painful. Once they come, we had better learn the lesson. My recent lesson was about humility. It started with realising that running a centre was so demanding financially and emotionally that it took me away from…