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Born To Be Good: The Science of Kindness

June 29 - July 3, 2011
Hollyhock, BC Canada

Step onto the path toward a happier, healthier, more compassionate life. Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of positive psychology, evolution, emotion, and neuroscience, this program offers research-tested methods for cultivating and sustaining positive emotions such as amusement, love, awe, gratitude, and kindness. Explore the myriad long-term benefits of positive emotions, from better health to a more optimistic outlook on life and learn the most effective methods for nurturing these emotions in children, spouses, co-workers, clients, and others.

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Take part in deep discussions of the new science surrounding emotions like compassion, awe (and the sacred), amusement, gratitude, and forgiveness.  Learn how these emotions shape our brains and bodies, the cultural and community practices that cultivate these emotions, how essential they are to well-being and physical health. Discover the science tested practices and skills that can boost these emotions, and in turn an individual’s overall well-being.  Engage in practices that activate these emotions, from narrative exercises to different forms of contemplation. Learn the role of these emotions in different clinical conditions, and how these emotions can be integrated into therapy.  Focus on practice, on contemplation, and on integrating these emotions more deeply into the activities of daily life. 

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Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

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