Featured Graduate: Kate Lockhart

The Emotion of Awe Do you ever have the impulse to share a beautiful or amazing sight with someone else? Lately I’ve been noticing how much I love sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world. When I do this with other people around me, I get a lot of different responses. Some people avidly agree, “Yes, the clouds are amazing today!” while others merely grunt or outright ignore my commentary. I feel disappointed when I attempt to recruit a companion into reverie and they greet…

Happy Interdependence Day!

HAPPY INTER DEPENDENCE DAY!       Yesterday in the United States we observed Independence Day. This day commemorates our adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which states the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as an independent nation, The United States of America, and was no longer part of the British Empire. The day is often filled with parties, picnics, great food, and fireworks. Today, July 5th, Dr. Linda Bark likes to call “Interdependence Day,” a day to celebrate connection, collaboration, and working together to form…

Rest and Relaxation

Last month we talked about our Holistic Assessment as a tool to consider when taking action, and we thought while we were at it, lets look at the Holistic Assessment in terms of rest and relaxation; it is summer after all! Americans typically are really good on the activity section of the Holistic Assessment, however rest and relaxation is an area Americans need a little help with. The rest and relaxation section in the Holistic Assessment can be quite useful for coaches too, not just…

Fun and Easy!

FUN AND EASY FALL SEASON        Our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark often shares a motto of “fun and easy” in the classes she teaches. It doesn’t necessarily mean the subject matter is lightweight, but that it can be enjoyable, and doable within the context of our busy lives. Educators often look at how to combine playfulness with challenge to create environments for substantial learning (Shernoff & Csikszenthmihalyi, 2009), and there is even research on the appropriate and positive use of humor for…