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Our Thrive Model in the simplest form posits that thriving cannot be achieved without practices that build virtuous habits and identity. Such practices may not only help you change your life, but also the world around you. Our goal is to convert our research into tools to promote thriving, and measure the impact of those tools on human thriving.

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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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Moments of transcendence

By Jilleen Westbrook | Sep 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 themselves in relationship to God, others, and the world.  Transcendent experiences give our lives meaning, and shift our focus from ourselves, connecting us with something more – whether that be…

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Rethinking Traditional Church for a Modern Age

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Aug 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 | Jul 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 | Jul 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 | Jun 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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Podcasts

Conversing on Thriving

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Nov 12, 2019

Pamela King discusses how community and purpose contribute to human development and flourishing.

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Helping Youth with Failure

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Mar 22, 2019

Pamela King talks purpose, spirituality, and social connection as assets for helping youth overcome failure.

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Conversing on Sports

By Benjamin Houltberg | Oct 9, 2018

Benjamin Houltberg reflects on working with elite athletes, performance-based identity, and the role of community in sports.

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Performance vs. Purpose

By Benjamin Houltberg | Aug 19, 2018

Benjamin Houltberg discusses the impact performance and success have on emotional wellbeing.

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What It Means to Thrive in Life and How to Do It

By Benjamin Houltberg | Oct 26, 2017

Benjamin Houltberg defines thriving, sharing the key ways anyone can live a flourishing and purposeful life.

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Installation Address: An Invitation to Thrive

By Pamela Ebstyne King | May 16, 2016

In her installation address, Pamela King speaks on thriving as an invitation to embrace our purpose in God’s ongoing story.

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Videos

Cultivating Our Capacity for Joy

Pamela King speaks on how we can cultivate our joy “muscles” and the benefits of joy.

Gratitude & Thriving

Pamela King reflects on how gratitude can both guide us toward thriving and the good life.

Neuroscience of Spiritual Formation

Psychologists and neuroscientists discuss how spirituality plays a vital role in our thriving.

The Church & Trauma in Times of the Pandemic

Experts share insights on how to respond to trauma and promote resilience in faith communities in this webinar.

Mindful Parenting During COVID-19

Mindfulness experts share ways parents and caregivers can manage stress and practice self-compassion.

Parenting During COVID-19

Child psychologists share ways parents and caregivers can support their children's mental health.

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Spiritual & Mental Health in Kids

Experts share ways the church and parents can address kids' spiritual and mental health needs during COVID-19.

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DACA Thriving Tuesdays 6

Our moderators talk about the complexity of the DACA ruling and moving forward.

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DACA Thriving Tuesdays 5

Our moderators process what the DACA ruling means for our community.

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DACA Thriving Tuesdays 4

Our moderators point to the importance of embracing creativity and spirituality.

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