Called to Thrive

A thriving life is a life on purpose

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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Cleaning Up Your Relationships

By Pamela Ebstyne King | May 1, 2023

“Unmitigated technology use is currently impacting our relational capacities by replacing time with actual humans and inhibiting the development of social skills. Such use spreads us too thin—beyond our relational capacity—among our many digital “friends,” develops a false sense of emotional intimacy without the accountability of actual relationships, and promotes unchecked individualism that is compromising…

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The Search for Meaning during Holy Week

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Apr 1, 2023

Easter is time of great hope and joy as we celebrate the miraculous. It is a time to reflect on the triumph of God’s love, light, and life in the world, and on the power of forgiveness. The story of Easter brings meaning to suffering and provides hope even in the most turbulent times. The…

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Thrive: Book List for Spring 2023

By Jilleen Westbrook | Mar 1, 2023

The following books are packed with wisdom to help you and your communities on the path toward deeper understanding and purpose. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear Why we like this book: James Clear offers concrete steps we all can take to change our habits for more purposeful living. If you have…

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What do YOU need to thrive?

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Mar 1, 2023

“Thriving requires or presumes that the individual is growing as a person and also is making a contribution beyond the self.”  King & Mangan, 2023 I wish I could offer each of you a specific thriving program with a guarantee that it would work for you.  Add a little A to a smidge of B,…

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Want more Love and Closeness?

By Susan Mangan | Feb 1, 2023

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.” His Holiness, the Dalai Lama If you ask me, love is one of the most beautiful concepts there is. While love is not always easy, in my darkest hours, I am rarely soothed by the things I dislike. When the workload is too demanding, the back-to-back Zoom calls…

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What’s Love got to do with it?

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Feb 1, 2023

I I am often asked about strategies for thriving. “How do I thrive?” “What practices help with thriving?”  Thriving is complicated, and individuals thrive differently. However, I have a simple answer to the question of how to thrive. Offer more love. Love provides heart and motivation for the growth and contribution so essential for thriving – the love of…

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What is Thriving and Why is it Important?

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Jan 1, 2023

Thriving is living life on purpose. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b) Psychology and theology come together to provide a vision for the good life What is the fuss about thriving? From Kaiser Permanente to Petco, everyone uses the word. It’s an appealing idea, the…

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