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Our Thrive Team has written on a variety of topics that focus on thriving.

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The Power of Transcendence and Spirituality in a Modern World

By Pamela Ebstyne King | September 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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Moments of transcendence

By Jilleen Westbrook | September 2, 2022

According to psychologist and executive director of the Thrive Center, Pamela Ebstyne King, transcendent experiences are emotional responses, often profound, that inform how individuals see…

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Rethinking Traditional Church for a Modern Age

By Pamela Ebstyne King | August 1, 2022

Pamela King reflects on the church of her youth and how it deeply formed her identity, sense of purpose, and belonging.

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The 5 A’s of Agility: Adapting through Life Changes

By Pamela Ebstyne King | July 4, 2022

Finding joy requires practice. Learn how you can be agile and experience more joy through our 5-step process.

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The True Joy of Love

By Rebecca Baer | July 4, 2022

Joy is more than an emotion. Rebecca Baer reflects on true joy as being rooted in love, sharing a mindfulness practice.

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Recovering from Hardship: Practices toward Resilience and Purpose

By Lauren Van Vranken | June 6, 2022

How do we build resilience and stay connected to purpose in the midst of suffering? Lauren Van Vranken shares 3 practices for recovery and regulation.

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The 5 R’s of Resilience and Recovery: A Guide for Personal and Communal Practices

By Thrive Center | June 6, 2022

Cynthia Eriksson’s psychological and theological framework points to 5 self-care practices to developing resilience and recovery

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Unmasking Mental Health: Building Resilience and Thriving “Muscles”

By Pamela Ebstyne King | May 2, 2022

As mental health awareness grows, Pamela King reflects on the tools we need to live coherent, purposeful lives.

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The 5 B’s of Thriving: Accessing God’s Love

By Thrive Center | May 2, 2022

Our research-based framework will help you develop and strengthen your thriving “muscles.”

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The Promise of Easter: Thriving in a Difficult World

By Pamela Ebstyne King | April 4, 2022

Dr. Pamela King discusses how tapping into our faith and contributing to a flourishing world can help us thrive through difficulty.

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Experiencing and Emitting God’s Love

By Jilleen Westbrook | February 15, 2022

How do we love our neighbor as ourself? Jilleen Westbrook shares a practice to access love for God, self, and others.

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Next Wave Spirituality: Thriving for the Greater Good

By Pamela Ebstyne King | January 31, 2022

As the world continues to languish, Dr. Pamela King emphasizes the need for spirituality as a source of personal and societal transformation.

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Cultivating Spiritual Practices for the New Year

By Pamela Ebstyne King | January 3, 2022

As we enter a new year, Dr. Pamela King invites us to find daily spiritual practices that will draw us closer to ourselves, others and God.

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Slowing Down and Thriving This Advent

By Pamela Ebstyne King | December 6, 2021

Dr. Pamela King highlights the importance of pacing during the holidays, offering self-awareness practices to refocus on what matters most.

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An Invitation to Thrive

By Pamela Ebstyne King | November 1, 2021

Dr. Pamela King invites leaders to reimagine and lead in new ways in order to enable all people and communities to thrive.

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Helping Our Healthcare Workers: A Primer to Moral Injury

By Stephanie Trudeau | August 25, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau shifts the conversation from burnout to moral injury, presenting ways we can help those experiencing moral injury.

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A Purposeful Summer

By Susan Mangan | August 16, 2021

Dr. Susan Mangan offers summer activities to help us identify and understand our purpose as we enter a post-COVID world.

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Elevating Ourselves and Our World: Activities to Unlock Elevation

By Susan Mangan | August 5, 2021

Dr. Susan Mangan provides two research-based activities to help us get started on experiencing elevation.

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Elevating for Social Change

By Susan Mangan | July 28, 2021

Dr. Susan Mangan explains the role and benefits of moral elevation in inspiring us to help our communities.

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Thriving through Our Parents’ Stories: Passing Down Values and Elevating Minds

By Rodrigo Riveros | June 21, 2021

Rodrigo Riveros discusses the importance of life stories in promoting brain development and meaning-making in adolescents.

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The Wows and Woes of Graduation: Traversing Transition with Hope

By Pamela Ebstyne King | June 9, 2021

Dr. Pamela King reflects on her hopes for her son as he graduates high school and her new role as a partner in this next phase of their lives.

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