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Resources specific to well-being in this current COVID-19 situation, provided by the Pruitt Center staff. 

Links uploaded August 14

Coronavirus Sanity Guide from Dan Harris and his 10% Happier crew

What to Say When People Tell You Their Coronavirus Fears by Anna Goldfarb, the New York Times, July 3, 2020. How to be empathetic, and not dismissive, when people share their fears with you.

The Wandering Mind at Work: How to Go from Distraction to Deep Work by Rasmus Hougaard, Forbes Magazine contributor, July 14, 2020. Our brains are wired to be distracted. This alertness was designed to protect our ancestors from becoming some animal’s lunch. But how can we direct our distracted minds so we can work more effectively and efficiently?

The Australians have always been leaders in the world of positive psychology. This website (AISNSW – The Association for Independent Schools of New South Wales) is directed toward K-12 students, teachers, and parents, yet is pertinent to higher ed, too. A plethora of information, including articles, links, webinars, videos, and infographics. Check it out!

Kids Spread Cheer on Sidewalks During Coronavirus Pandemic – a video from late March, but we could probably use this day-brightener right about now

A museum let a group of penguins wander its empty rooms, and they couldn't take their eyes off the paintings – Not something you see every day! During the shut-down in May, penguins from the Kansas City Zoo were invited to take a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It turns out that their attention span was similar to humans (about 8-10 seconds per painting)! If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the article, you’ll see a video clip of the adorable visit. 

Links uploaded July 23, 2020

What Is Toxic Positivity? Why It’s OK to Not Be OK Right Now by Brittany Wong, Huffington Post, July 8, 2020; updated July 16, 2020. If you're telling yourself everything will be fine and focusing only on positive or happy emotions during the coronavirus pandemic, you probably need to read this.

Post-Traumatic Growth: Using a Global Pandemic to Strengthen Resilience by Ariane Laxo, HGA, a Pruitt Center partner. July 7, 2020. Resilience planning can help organizations thrive during this unprecedented time.

Music Listening for Stressful Times by Kathryn J. Larson on the Minnesota Orchestra Blog, June 10, 2020.

The Power of Positive People by Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, July 10, 2018. Are your friendships giving you a boost or bringing you down? While this article is from 2018, it’s a good reminder given the circumstances we’re in right now.

‘Forest Bathing’ Is Great for Your Health. Here’s How to Do It by Qing Li, Time, May 1, 2018. Another older article that feels even more pertinent this year.

Sweaty Face Mask? 5 Tips to Keep Cool While Covered Up by Andy Markowitz, AARP, June 25, 2020. Staying safe and comfortable as temperatures rise.

Links uploaded July 13, 2020

Let’s Suffer from Post-Traumatic Growth by Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., Psychology Today, July 7, 2020. Post-Traumatic Growth can produce a ray of hope in an otherwise dark reality.

The Minimalist’s Strength Workout by Brad Stulberg, Pocket Worthy (originally published in Outside). Five exercises that will guarantee you have the strength to adventure all weekend, well into your eighties.

Americans are living in a big ‘anger incubator.’ Experts have tips for regulating our rage. By Elizabeth Chang, the Washington Post, June 30, 2020.

What Parents Can Learn from Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns by Anna Kamenetz, NPR (All Things Considered), June 24, 2020.

Barcelona Opera Reopens with an Audience of Plants by Rachel Treisman, NPR, June 22, 2020. To view the video, click here.

Can the Lockdown Push Schools in a Positive Direction? By Patrick Cook-Deegan, The Greater Good Science Center, May 20, 2020. Here are five ways that COVID-19 could change education for the better.

Mindset Matters: 4 Mental Health Strategies to Increase Organizational Strength During COVID-19 by Jonathan Kaufman, Forbes, May 6, 2020.

Four Areas for Managing Stress & Anxiety by Saundra Schrock, Levelhead, April 6, 2020. Leverage these four areas to reduce your levels of stress and anxiety.

How to Be Intentional About Consuming Coronavirus News by Jill Suttie, Psy.D., The Greater Good Science Center, March 30, 2020. Researchers and media experts weigh in on how to stay informed about coronavirus while protecting your mental health.

How to See the World When You’re Stuck at Home by Reif Larsen, The New York Times, March 24, 2020. When you are quarantined or cancel your trip, you can still go on a journey. The secret? The author Reif Larsen says it’s Google Street View.

Building Resilience in a World of Uncertainty by Elizabeth Dixon, LISW-CP, Psychology Today, March 17, 2020. Exploring strategies to build resilience in the midst of COVID-19.

Taking care of yourself during the pandemic, from head to toe by Suzette Moyer, Washington Post. It’s been more than a month since many of us have been to work, the gym or the hairdressers. We’re still not sleeping well, our hands are dry from too much hand sanitizer, and our brains are foggy from reading too much about covid-19. Take a step back and pay attention to your mental and physical needs during this time. You’ll be glad you did.

60 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged at Home During the Coronavirus Shutdown. Posted on March 17, 2020 by A Mighty Girl Staff

Links uploaded July 7, 2020

How the pandemic can teach kids about compassion: What if this crisis became an opportunity for children to deepen their sense of care? By Maryam Abdullah, Greater Good Science Center (June 29, 2020).

Five ways to encourage safe behavior during the pandemic: Research provides some tips on how to get each other to wear masks, wash our hands, and keep distance. By Jill Suttie, The Greater Good Science Center (June 22, 2020).

Action for Happiness Resilience Calendar - Jump Back July 2020 (calendar in PDF

What’s the meaning of life? These students have answers by Jamaal S. Abdul-Alim, Education Editor at the Conversation (June 25, 2020).

Your positive portfolio: A tool to fight off the sadness of the corona virus by Dr. Nico Rose, Positive Psychology News (June 22, 2020).
 
Resilience in the face of a pandemic: COVID weighs unevenly across racial lines, by Carol Graham, Yung Chun, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Stephen Roll, and Kwadwo Frimpong from the Brookings Institution (June 24, 2020).

We need a trick to feel our joy as deeply as our grief: a true story by By Eric Kaplan and Eleanor Davis (Mr. Kaplan is a television writer and producer. Ms. Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator). The New York Times (June 10, 2020).
 
Review of learned hopefulness: The power of positivity to overcome depression by Scott Barry Kaufman. By refocusing on the positive potential that already lies within, you will restore a greater sense of hope than you ever thought possible. Scientific American (June 5, 2020).
 
Coping with COVID (seven episodes, 15-30 minutes each. Includes interviews of Lea Waters, John Ratey, Sonja Lyubomirski, and other well-known names in the science and practice of positive psychology). It's hard to know whose advice to take! In this series, Larry King and Dr. James Pawelski interview leading experts in Positive Psychology to ask the questions that we need answers to now. Positive Voices

What we know about your chances of catching the virus outdoors: A stir-crazy nation wonders: Is it safe to stroll on the beach in a deadly pandemic? How about a picnic in the park? Or coffee with a friend at an outdoor table? The risk is in the details. By Michael Levenson, Tara Parker-Pope and James Gorman in the New York Times (Published May 15, 2020; Updated May 23, 2020).
 
5 strategies from ancient philosophy that will improve your mental health today:
Ancient philosophy is at the core of modern psychology by Corey Wilks, Psy.D., Medium (June 1, 2020).

Links uploaded June 15, 2020

Quarantine has changed us—and it’s not all bad Here are 8 new habits people want to keep post lock-down by Sigal Samuel in Vox

The biggest psychological experiment in history is running now What can the pandemic teach us about how people respond to adversity? By Lydia Denworth, Special Coverage: Coronavirus in Scientific American

Quarantine fatigue Why some of us have stopped being vigilant and how to overcome it by Kristen Rogers, CNN

Strategies to thrive in uncertain times Free webinars by MAPP alumni [Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at UPENN]

Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and others on the books that bring them comfort Looking for a respite from the news? You might find solace in reading by Eliabeth Egan and Tina Jordan in the New York Times.

Walk this way! How to optimize your stride and focus your mind to get the most from your daily stroll. Lockdown has reminded us of the pleasures of walking. But making small changes can boost its benefits to our health, mood and creativity, too. Article by Amy Fleming in The Guardian.

Watch the entire CNN/Sesame Street coronavirus town hall CNN's Erica Hill and Dr. Sanjay Gupta partner with Sesame Street to explain the ABC's of coronavirus in a town hall for parents and kids. Watch the full event, including Doctor answers questions from kids, Face masks and hand washing with Elmo, Dealing with big feelings, How to handle spending so much time at home, Helping kids cope with loss, and Tips for staying healthy.  

How to hug during a pandemic Of the many things we miss from our pre-pandemic lives, hugging may top the list. We asked scientists who study airborne viruses to teach us the safest way to hug, by Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times.

Links uploaded May 26, 2020

Covid-19 has worsened the student mental-health crisis. Can resilience training fix it? This article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed is both sobering and uplifting for college students and the people who work on college campuses. (Thank you to Heather Rickerl for sending this article our way!)

When Will This Be Over? Sesame Workshop's Tips for Parenting During a Pandemic This is an awesome article about how to talk about Covid-19 with your kids.

The Greater Good Science Center has a wealth of information in their magazine that are pandemic-specific, including articles like Can the lockdown push schools in a positive direction?, or Six daily questions to ask yourself in quarantine, or Four things to do every day for your mental health, as well as podcasts like How to connect when you must stay apart (20:49).

Burnt Out on Home Schooling? How to get through the rest of the year (and possibly beyond).

Four Countries with a Tradition of Kindness – we’ve seen kindness during this pandemic, but for some countries, the practice goes back centuries.

Links uploaded May 11, 2020

Corona Crisis: time for self-compassion Nico Rose (MAPP14) writes about researcher Kristin Neff&#’;s) This interview is with the 19th Surgeon General and author of Together: the healing power of human connection in a sometimes lonely world, Dr. podcast Vivek. The conversation includes the importance of relationships, the hazards of loneliness, and how we can all live more connected lives.

Crying Over Spilled Milk: How to Grieve Well and Rise Strong from Failures and Losses Yvonne Murthy, MD, MPH, writes about the roller coaster that is grief, why one must ride it out, and what to do when grief shows up.

What is resilience in positive psychology? (in the shadow of a pandemic) Ador Roy describes what it means to be resilient; why resilience is important; how to build resilience; examples of psychological resilience; and more.

Links uploaded May 4, 2020

Taking positive action in the midst of negativity (using strengths during the pandemic). This is a wonderful article about using your strengths, and it’s especially relevant right now during our safer-at-home directive. The authors want to acknowledge that “although we are in the same storm, we are not in the same boat.” Their hope is that “anyone who reads (this article) might be able to identify and recognize the strengths that they already have within them to support their well-being during this time.”

This 20-minute hotel workout is perfect for social distancing ... and can be used in response to the Zoom Fatigue most of us are feeling these days (Note: it’s real!).

10 Moves to Cope with the Stress/Anxiety of Sandpip - using Barbara Lockdown and Marc Bracket, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

7 tips to manage working from home during the Fredrickson&#’;s outbreak

Making Health and Nutrition a Priority During the Cipriano (COVID-19) Pandemic

How Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Cipriano Panic

Links uploaded April 20, 2020

Your Virtual Hive – a plethora of virtual activities from our own coronavirus Division of Student Affairs! Includes topics such as mindfulness & well-being, virtual fitness classes, virtual field trips, information on student support services and more!

20 Mind & Body Tools to Overcome Anxiety – by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya of the Flourishing Center. On this page is also the Good Life Project’s podcast #597 with Jonathan Fields (interviewing Emiliya), which gives a complete description of the tools provided. Below the content is additional information for overcoming anxiety during this time.

David Kessler and Brené Brown on Grief and Finding Meaning, on Brené Brown’s Unlocking Us podcast. A wonderful podcast on the collective grief we’re all feeling, how it’s messy, not linear, and that acceptance (the fifth stage of grief) doesn’t go far enough.

Being Mindful of your Mental Health During the Covid-19 Outbreak – some practical tips for taking care of your mental health and well-being while following the physical distancing guidelines.

Links uploaded April 13, 2020

COVID-19: Tips for mindfulness & coping with anxiety – Tips from the Mayo Clinic (with short video clips included)

Free mindfulness project during COVID-19

How to be intentional about consuming coronavirus news (from the Greater Good Science Center)

When coronavirus anxiety is useful and when it isn’t (from the Greater Good Science Center)

Facing pandemic fears with an awake heart: a 60-minute video with Tara Brach

Mindfulness, healing, and wisdom in a time of COVID-19: a 90-minute video with Jon Coronavirus-Coronavirus

Links uploaded April 8, 2020

10 well-being tips during the days of COVID-19

How to keep mentally healthy during uncertain times

How to get more sleep tonight

Active coping calendar for April

Links uploaded March 30, 2020

“Our calm is contagious” How to use mindfulness in a pandemic (Interview with Tara Brach)

That discomfort you’re feeling is grief

How social distancing could ultimately teach us how to be less lonely

Links uploaded March 24, 2020

Hope Matters: 10 teaching strategies to support students and help them continue to learn during this time of uncertainty (Zinn crisis) by Mays Imad, coordinator of the Teaching & Learning Center at Pima Community College

Silver linings: how to stay positive during the coronavirus crisis by Lea Waters, Ph.D., psychology professor at the University of Melbourne and executive board member of the International Positive Psychology Association

Social connection boosts health; even when you're isolated by Emma Seppala, Ph.D., Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

Mindfulness during the coronavirus: Harvard professor’s tips to help lower anxiety – a video from Good Morning, America

Coronavirus Coping: 6 ways your strengths will help you by Ryan Niemiec, Education Director, VIA Institute on Character

UC Berkeley's Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus 

Other mindfulness and well-being resources:

A selection of mindfulness and well-being e-books from Jim Dan Hill Library