Called to Thrive

We inform, inspire, and equip leaders to help others thrive.



Our mission at the Thrive Center for Human Development is to catalyze a movement of human thriving, with and for others. We conduct research and develop resources at the nexus of spirituality and human thriving in order to promote whole individuals and societies.

The Thrive Center Model

Our Thrive Model

To thrive is to grow in authenticity with and for others and for a greater purpose. Our research at the Thrive Center has led us to understand thriving from both a spiritual and psychological perspective. Our goal is to provide a rigorous and substantive view of thriving that challenges popular notions of the word.

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Research has long affirmed that spirituality can help our identity, sense of meaning, and purpose.

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Pause and say thanks this holiday season

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Nov 28, 2022

Gratitude affect happiness and wellbeing primarily through positive relationships. We finding that beliefs matters toward experiences and practices of gratitude.

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Practicing the 5 A’s to Slow down and Offer Thanks

By Pamela King | Nov 22, 2022

Practicing gratitude has the power to transform and involves our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Pay attention to this powerful positive emotion using these simple steps to guide you. Attune Become aware of the emotions you experience when you consider gifts you have received. Perhaps you feel the emotions of delight and joy; let them point you…

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Thriving through Resilience and Trauma, Part 2

By Cynthia Eriksson | Oct 25, 2022

Dr. Cynthia Eriksson offers a 5 tier framework for recovery from trauma and building resilience.

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Accessing the Transcendent: How might we practice something that seems so existential?  

By Cynthia Erikson | Oct 14, 2022

Dr. Cynthia Eriksson reflects on rituals and to help us connect to the transcendent – something beyond ourselves.

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The Practice of Attending to our Emotions and Regulating

By Cynthia Eriksson | Sep 30, 2022

We can practice attention and emotion regulation using a few simple steps: Stop – A very simple and powerful thing to do is to stop and breathe. Disengage from destructive and draining thought processes. If you are ruminating, as in cycling over and over a thought, or upset, or if your stomach hurts, no matter…

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Thriving through Trauma: The 5 R’s of Resilience and Recovery

By Cynthia Eriksson | Sep 30, 2022

Dr. Cynthia Eriksson shares the 5 Rs framework for Resilience and Recovery from Trauma. This is Part 1 of a two part series.

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The Power of Transcendence and Spirituality in a Modern World

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Sep 2, 2022

Pamela King reflects on the church of her youth and considers lessons from her current research findings about spirituality for the future.

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