ONLINE Lunch and Learn - A Compassionate Approach to Building Resilience with Ellen Feig Gray

ONLINE Lunch and Learn - A Compassionate Approach to Building Resilience with Ellen Feig Gray

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We often equate resilience with toughness. But research in the field of positive psychology and new discoveries from the science of happiness and well-being suggest that building resilience involves a different type of strength. When we allow ourselves, and our children, to experience a full range of human emotions — the difficult ones like fear, sadness and frustration, as well as positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, kindness and love — we will all be more prepared to navigate the ups and the downs that life inevitably brings. Given the stresses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, along with growing economic challenges and the raw emotions around the fight for racial justice and equality, building resilience through compassion is needed more than ever, for our kids and for ourselves. Join Ellen Feig Gray as she outlines evidence-based tools and practices from the field of positive psychology that can help build resilience with compassion. This presentation is based on a TEDx talk Ellen delivered in March, yet to be posted because of the pandemic.

Ellen Feig Gray, M.A., CiPP, CPCC is a certified Positive Psychology Coach, speaker, and author who specializes in helping families flourish and cultivate whole-being wellness. Using a strengths-based approach, and drawing upon evidence-based practices from positive psychology and education, as well as the wisdom traditions, she supports parents, children and teens in building resilience, becoming happier and more successful. She began her career as a developmental psychology researcher and applies relevant findings to parenting and education, both inside and outside schools. She is co-author of Hacking School Culture: Designing Compassionate Classrooms (2018).

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Lunch and Learn Series -Tue, July 7 + Thu, July 9 from 12-1 p.m. EST

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Wholebeing Institute have been partnering throughout the pandemic to provide daily lunch and learn conversations, Monday through Thursday, from noon-1pmJoin us online for Q&A with leading experts in the science and application of positive psychology.

These Lunch and Learns, moderated by Caroline Kohles, JCC Senior Director of Health and Wellness, will offer you a chance to hear from leading experts in the field of positive psychology who will offer a variety of skills that can help you build your inner strength and increase your coping skills. Discover practical tips you can implement right away to help you cope with the social isolation brought on COVID-19.  Learn how the science and practice of positive psychology and flourishing can help you fortify your resilience today and in the days to come.

Wholebeing Institute is dedicated to teaching the science of human flourishing and is based in Massachusetts. For more information go to

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