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Positive Psychology

Health & Wellness uses the science of positive psychology interventions to help students thrive. We define thriving as developing strong positive relationships, living the meaningful life full of purpose, developing skills throughout life, being a lifelong learner, accomplishing goals and increasing positive emotions.

Positive Psychology Tips

Tip #1
Practicing kindness acts on others can help one deal with unhelpful ruminations, increase feeling in control of one’s life, build skills, and see others in a more positive light.
Tip #2
Having a growth mindset—believing that we can change and learn throughout our lives—leads to optimistic ways of explaining adversity. Instead of saying, “I’m so stupid” one can say, “I made a mistake and I am learning. Learning a new skill takes time," and that leads to perseverance and seeking out new challenges that will ultimately make you even stronger.
Tip #3
People with strong social support are healthier and live longer. Reach out to others for help when you need it!

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Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what were doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. While mindfulness is something we naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis. Health and Wellness offers a variety meditations on campus each with different topics and themes.

Mindfulness Meditation Tips

Tip #1
Many meditations focus on the breath. Not because there is anything special about it, but because the physical sensation of breathing is always there and you can use it as an anchor to the present moment.
Tip #2
Throughout your meditation, you may find yourself caught up in thoughts, emotions, sounds—wherever your mind goes, simply come back again to the next breath. Even if you only come back once, that’s okay.
Tip #3
Join us each week for a free guided meditation with a with a certified facilitator. No particular experience or beliefs necessary. Mats and cushions provided. Check out our calendar for a list of meditation offerings. 

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Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Practicing meditation can help reduce and manage stress, as well as improve memory and focus. Join us each week for a free guided meditation with a certified facilitator. Find a complete list of our Mindfulness Meditation Practices below.