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Dear <<First Name>>,

As we enter the “official” season of gratitude, there’s so much with which to be thankful. For starters, it’s hard to imagine that my youngest son, Josh is starting to explore colleges and six-year med programs. Last weekend, we embarked on our first college visit to Johns Hopkins University. Speaking of gratitude, on Veteran’s Day, I was at Howard University in Washington, D.C. leading a Day of Service with outstanding Accenture employee volunteers and opportunity youth from KIPP Charter School  DC school, Montgomery Community College and the On-Ramps program. This weekend,the giving continues and I’ll be in Philadelphia to cheer on Accenture employees from the Life Sciences team and 12th graders from the KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy. Together we'll be spending the morning decorating quilts and pillows to donate to patients at St. Christopher's Hospital and elevate their spirits in time for the holidays.

Speaking of the holidays, while you are doing your shopping, we hope that you will designate Soaringwords as the recipient of the AmazonSmile promotion. AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% at no cost to you. Its easy to get started, sign in to your Amazon account. Search for Soaringwords. Click Select next to “Soaringwords” to designate us as your charity.  

Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy month of gratitude and well-being,
Lisa

T.646-674-7105, C.917-499-3783, lisa@soaringwords.org



Soaringwords News

Recent cool Soaringwords events.

BNY Mellon


For the fourth year in a row, BNY Mellon employees headed back to schools – in Pittsburgh, PA; Los Angeles, CA; New York City; Jacksonville, FL; Everett, MA and Syracuse, NY. Seasoned Soaringwords champions and first-time volunteers came together to mentor elementary school children in a day of service learning to benefit hospitalized children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Montefiore Medical Center, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston and Ronald McDonald Charities of Central N.Y.
 
Grown-ups and students bonded, laughed, drew inspirational messages and artwork on the SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows®, enjoyed lunch while talking about what it takes to succeed in a career, and then turned up the volume with a high-energy Zumba class and performance. Teams choreographed their own dance routines to share with the entire group. The day ended with a Closing Circle and lots of hugs. After the students were dismissed, BNY Mellon volunteers stayed back to create a SoaringMural for the school. MORE PHOTOS

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson on Love 2.0   


It was a delight to interview Barbara Frederickson, the Chair of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and the author of Positivity for our latest Soaringwords Book Club video. In the video she shares a radical new concept of love that is different from romantic love or infatuation.  “Love 2.0 is defined as micro moments of connection which are able to transform our perspective and enhance our resilience.”  The video includes healing and hopeful actions that patients, families and healthcare professionals can implement immediately to enhance well-being during times of illness. Share the video with anyone you know who is grappling with illness in their lives right now.  WATCH VIDEO


Back to School with No Homework


It was a wonderful feeling to return to the University of Pennsylvania for the MAPP Summit, a meeting of 150 positive psychology practitioners and leading scientists.

Dr. John Ratey presented findings from his new book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.  In 90 minutes, he covered 10,000 years of evolution and the scientifically-validated link between fitness and mental dexterity. “Sitting is the new smoking!” Dr. Ratey had many exercises that had the audience up and moving to generate more BDNFs (Brain-derived neuroplastic functions) which he calls the “Miracle Gro of the brain.”

Dr. Ellen Langer shared riveting data from her new book, Counter Clockwise, the psychology of possibility. She cited many examples of how powerful mind-body connections can override “limiting rules of absolutes” which diminish health and flourishing. Her talk concluded that “we should make uncertainty a universal attribution instead of feeling insecure that somehow everyone else knows something I don’t know.”  

I was honored to be invited to present the results of the Soaringwords Empirical Research to Measure the Well-being of Hospitalized Children. This study was designed to empirically measure the impact of a positive intervention on the well-being of hundreds of pediatric patients. Dr. Peggy Kern, Soaringwords Research Director, presented the study analytics that showed across the board that patients felt more positive emotions and fewer negative emotions. (Photo left: Peggy Kern. Photo right: Lisa and Dr. Martin Seligman, Founder of the field of positive psychology) 


Soaringwords + Zumba™ Fitness  


With each passing month, we are working diligently to bring the healing power of Soaringwords activities coupled with the fun and energy of Zumba classes to hospitalized children, their families, and the healthcare professionals that need to experience more positive emotions and social support.  As of November we have 24 hospitals participating in this Soaringwords initiative.  (Photo left: mother and daughter team Reyna Zurita & Janice Gonzalez at Florida Hospital for Children. Photo right: John Asenso at Ronald McDonald House in Stanford/ Palo Alto, CA.)

Educational Outreach


After the successful Soaringwords/JCC Manhattan collaboration with summer school students, we launched a weekly, ten-month Soaringwords Educational Outreach program with three New York City public schools.  Each week, JCC volunteers and Soaringwords team leaders have the joy of working with second graders to create fun and meaningful projects to donate to patients and families at Harlem Hospital.  All of these projects are infused with Character Strengths and Virtues to allow students to change their perceptions, bolster core skills to deepen knowledge and experience the process of meta-cognition. Our next activity at the schools is Gratitude Ladder, join in the fun and make your own ladder. More Photos

SoaringSpotlight

She’s Danish and unflappable. Josephine is a Nurse who has worked with children and families at Ronald McDonald House at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark; special needs children; and provided testing and treatment for HIV-infected patients in Uganda. As Soaringwords' Associate Research Director, she is part of the team that manages all of Soaringwords empirical research studies in hospitals, schools, and corporations.
 
Josephine is a certified yoga instructor completing a 200 hour degree program at Yoga Vida. Her husband Lukas and she enjoy living in NYC, hiking and traveling to and exploring American cities.
  
 
SoaringHealth & Wellness

Check out the Soaringwords video on the Importance of Play with positive psychology practitioner Michelle McQuaid chillin’ with Lisa Buksbaum. This video will inspire patients, their parents, and hospital professionals to appreciate how being silly and playful actually has serious and immediate health benefits. Take a minute to watch the video and start goofing around to better your health. 



Touch Points

There is still time to incorporate a wonderful Soaringwords team-building activity into your company or family's holiday celebrations. If you are interested in launching a team-building employee volunteer program, off-site, inspirational speaker or community event, kindly contact lisa@soaringwords.org or call Greta at 646-674-7105 to set up a time to speak with us.

 

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