Emotional Health & Well-Being

Giving the young people you serve a toolbox of healthy emotional habits that last a lifetime.

"Enable others to become who they were created to be -- to thrive!"

Dr. Pam King

Thrive Center Faculty

Recent Articles

All Bets are Off: Rethinking the Basics Amid COVID-19

By Pam King | Sep 7, 2020

How can we carry out our basic needs and still thrive during COVID-19? Dr. Pam King shares 8 ways we can do this.

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Thriving over the Long Haul this Fall

By Pam King | Sep 3, 2020

Dr. Pam King reviews the elements of thriving and provides tips on how we can pursue a thriving mindset as we approach fall 2020.

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Alleviating Anxiety and Stress in Children during COVID-19

By Leanne Bishara | Aug 17, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Leanne Bishara and guest blogger, Hannah Ewert continue their discussion on cognitive behavioral treatments to increase relaxation and positive behaviors in kids.

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Anxiety and Stress in Children during COVID-19

By Leanne Bishara | Aug 11, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Leanne Bishara and guest blogger, Hannah Ewert recommend 3 cognitive behavioral treatments to help regulate kids’ stress.

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How to Foster Empathy and Compassion in Children during the Pandemic

By Joey Fung | Jul 20, 2020

Is it possible to cultivate empathy and compassion in kids? Dr. Joey Fung shares 6 ways parents can do this.

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It’s Okay to Let Your Child be Bored This Summer

By Joey Fung | Jun 22, 2020

Dr. Joey Fung discusses how embracing boredom and creating space for unstructured play can help kids thrive this summer.

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5 Joy Competencies to Counter the Effects of Confinement During COVID-19, Pt. 1

By Fred Defoy | Jun 15, 2020

Thrive fellow, Fred Defoy shares the first 3 joy competencies that can help us thrive through our bodies, creativity, and sense of belonging.

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Mindful Parenting: The Importance of Creating Space from Within

By Joey Fung | Jun 8, 2020

Dr. Joey Fung emphasizes the importance of mindful parenting and how parents can thrive during this pandemic.

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Quaranteens: Practice Makes Patience

By Leanne Bishara | May 18, 2020

News of the extended stay-at-home order can be frustrating. Thrive Fellow, Leanne Bishara shares 4 ways we can face COVID-19 with patience.

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Grief and Mindfulness: How to Manage Your Emotions

By Joey Fung | Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Joey Fung offers 3 ways mindfulness can help us manage our emotions in the face of grief and loss.

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Grief and Mindfulness: the Importance of Checking In with Your Body

By Joey Fung | Apr 20, 2020

Dr. Joey Fung shares 5 mindfulness practices to help us manage grief during these trying times.

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Activities for Busting the COVID-19 Blues

By Susan Mangan | Apr 2, 2020

Social distancing can be hard, so how we can thrive even in isolation? Dr. Susan Mangan shares activities that help build resilience.

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Mindful Parenting Practices for Stressful Times

By Leanne Bishara | Mar 25, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Leanne Bishara shares 4 mindfulness practices to help parents become more engaged and less stressed when interacting with teens.

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Boosting Positive Emotions at Home

By Susan Mangan | Mar 21, 2020

Dr. Susan Mangan provides 3 at-home exercises that can increase our positive emotions as we continue to navigate through COVID-19.

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Becoming a Girl Dad

By Stephanie Trudeau | Mar 2, 2020

Guest blogger, Brandon Jensen and Dr. Stephanie Trudeau explore what it means to be a girl dad and share the key messages that impact daughters.

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Aspire to Inspire: Learning the Mamba Mentality for Every Day Greatness

By Stephanie Trudeau | Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau breaks down the Mamba Mentality framework and offers tips for how to integrate it into our own lives.

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Gradations of Grief: Navigating the Days Following Tragedy

By Stephanie Trudeau | Jan 30, 2020

Grief comes in many forms. Dr. Stephanie Trudeau walks us through the intricacies of grief within our youth.

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Not All Superheros Wear Capes, Some Play Ball: How Tragedy Unites

By Stephanie Trudeau | Jan 28, 2020

As communities mourn the loss a legend, Dr. Stephanie Trudeau shares ways caring adults can facilitate healthy grieving for youth.

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Thriving on the Road to Joy

By Pam King | Jan 22, 2020

How can caring adults equip youth for a journey of long-lasting joy? Dr. Pam King highlights the 3 essentials needed.

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Nurturing Joy in Youth During the Holidays, Pt. 2

By Fred Defoy | Dec 16, 2019

Thrive Fellow, Fred Defoy continues his discussion on the activators that promote joy in youth during the holidays.

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Nurturing Joy in Youth During the Holidays, Pt. 1

By Fred Defoy | Dec 9, 2019

How can we nurture joy in youth when faced by challenges? Thrive Fellow, Fred Defoy outlines the activators that can enable joy.

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Why Giving Thanks Matters

By Susan Mangan | Nov 26, 2019

What does research tell us about gratitude? Research Associate, Susan Mangan shares the key benefits and how we can nurture it in our kids.

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Our Top 6 Apps for Thriving

By Thrive Center | Oct 31, 2019

Can apps promote thriving? Our Thrive team shares their recommendations on 6 apps to boost your relationships, beliefs, and purpose.

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5 Best Practices to Encourage Emotion Regulation in Teens

By Leanne Bishara | Oct 30, 2019

Learn how you can foster emotion regulation in youth with these 5 practices.

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3 Ways to Support & Increase Emotional Awareness in Teens

By Leanne Bishara | Sep 26, 2019

As parents, it’s hard to understand teens’ emotions. Learn how you can help youth process their emotions as they develop in adults.

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Thrive Mental Health Toolkit

(Rojas-Flores, Ramirez, & Gonzalez 2020)

In collaboration with Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology and DACA recipient, Norma Ramirez, the Thrive Center has released a self-care and mental health toolkit to support undocumented youth with and without DACA. This toolkit embraces their strengths and vulnerabilities, and provides 9 research-based practices designed to inspire, encourage, and accompany them throughout their journey.

More Resources on Emotional Well-being

Managing Emotions Amid Uncertainty

[Guide] Dr. King offers 6 tips on how we can manage our emotions when we face moments of loss, grief, and pain.

DACA Self-Care & Well-Being

[Toolkit] Self-care tips and resources to support DACA and undocumented individuals' mental health journey.

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Conversing about DACA

[Podcast] A DACA recipient, along with her mentor and Dr. Rojas-Flores, reflect on her journey under DACA policy.

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Mentoring DACA Youth Webinar

[Webinar] Dr. Rojas-Flores discusses best mentoring practices with scholars, mentors, and DACA recipients.

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Guide to Supporting DACA Youth

[Guide] Learn how you can mentor DACA and undocumented youth in the current socio-political climate.

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Helping Youth With Failure

[Podcast] Dr. King reflects on purpose, spirituality, and social connection as assets for overcoming failure.

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Adolescence Formation

[Video] How can we help youth manage their emotions? Dr. Houltberg investigates in this interview.

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Lisseth Rojas-Flores HEADSHOT

The Aftermath of Family Separation

[Podcast] Dr. Rojas-Flores speaks on the mental health effects of forced parent-child separation in kids.

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Parenting & Emotions

[Video] Dr. Houltberg and partners conclude 3 main factors to determining how kids process their feelings.

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Training Teens Patience

[Guide] Teach youth to develop and practice patience through our 4-step model.

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Let’s Talk Patience

[Guide] Educate youth on the importance of patience with these conversation starters.

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Thrive Center Patience Panel

Conversing About Patience

[Videos] Drs. Houltberg and Schnitker lead a table discussion on patience in different contexts with thought leaders.

See Our Research on Emotional Health & Well-being

Ongoing Studies

The Joyride Project

Dr. King’s explores the nature of joy and how to nurture joy in youth in

Completed Studies

The Thriving Conversation Project

Pilot program by Dr. Furrow to promote initiative and self-confidence in teens previously in prostitution.

Identity in Elite Athletes

Dr. Houltberg leads a study in examining the role of self-narrative profiles in elite athletes'

Virtue Interventions in Young Athletes

Drs. Schnitker and Houltberg examine the contexts in which teen athletes develop character strengths.

Evaluating Mentorships for Thriving

How can mentor-youth relationships guide adolescent thriving? Dr. King measures high school mentorship program.

Goals, Virtues & Well-Being

Does goal satisfaction increase goal achievement? Dr. Schnitker examines personality dynamics.

The Science of Intellectual Humility

Dr. Barrett and scholars measure 3 dimensions of intellectual humility for human flourishing.

Publications on Emotional Well-being

Determinants of Health & Well-Being

Dr. Rojas-Flores and Thrive student, Jennifer Vaughn report on the potential health crisis among children of immigrants.

Self Narratives in Elite Athletes

Drs. Houltberg, Wang et al. analyze 3 narrative profiles in athletes and how they contribute to well-being.

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A Generation of High Risk

Dr. Rojas-Flores reviews other scholars' work on the impact of parental legal status and immigration policies on child development

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Trauma in Latino Citizen Children

Dr. Rojas et al. look at PTSD symptoms and distress in Latino citizen children following parent deportation.