Archive for October, 2012

A Tribute to Chris Peterson – RIP

October 10, 2012

It is with great sadness that I just learned that Chris Peterson  (Christopher)passed away yesterday. Chris was a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, often considered one of the founding fathers and lead the VIA Character Strengths project along with Martin Seligman.

One of the 100 most cited psychologists in the world, Chris was a renouned professor of psychology at University of Michigan, author of A Primer in Positive Psychology; contributing expert in Psychology Today — and so many more accolades in his professional contributions.

Nearly every ‘tool’ in my coaching toolbox has some learning, scientific backing that has come from the work of Chris Peterson and that of his many colleagues.

This past January, I was blessed to participate in a Master course on wellbeing developed and taught by Chris and offered by Mentor Coach. It was a rich, eight-week primer on much of the latest research, learnings and wisdom from the world of positive psychology. It was truly a gift to learn directly from Chris who was at the forefront of the whole positive psychology movement.  Chris was supremely generous, knowledgeable, kind and funny.

Chris had a mantra: “Other People Matter”  which encompassed all the research and learnings and implications about the impact that family, relationships and other social connections have on our wellbeing. To that end, I am sure that Chris would want people to remember the importance of nurturing relationships in our lives.

He will be greatly missed by everyone in the field of positive psychology around the world and will be remembered for his outstanding contributions to the field.

Addendum: as the tribute articles start to pour in, here is one I came across:

The Atlantic: “Very Nice Guy and Important Psychologist Dies”

Eileen

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What Are You Grateful For?

October 8, 2012

What are you grateful for today? It’s Thanksgiving in Canada today so gratitude is on our minds and hopefully in our hearts!

Gratitude is not a once-a-year mindset for me — I live in that question (What am I grateful for?) nearly every day, year-round. Those who know me or have been part of my TGIMworklife community, will have heard me say that Gratitude is one of my top Signature Strengths.

Still, I embrace Thanksgiving as a great opportunity to deepen my appreciation even further and celebrate all that I have in my rich life. This weekend I took this up a notch and am living in the lens of thankfulness hour by hour, minute by minute.

I won’t write out my entire list because it would be toooo long to expect anyone to read it but to share just a few gratitude notes that I experienced in the first wee hours of my morning today. This morning, my focus was on my home, the surrounding nature and gorgeous foliage that I get to experience — all the while living in the city.

Here are a few photos to capture the essence (I took them this morning!):

This photo below was taken this morning from my balcony just off of my kitchen. This tree stands outside my backyard in the common area of my townhouse condo residence. I’m so blessed to have a home in the city that allows for beautiful space.

This next photo is just minutes into my run in the  lovely ravine just across the road.  Again, I am so blessed to have such abundant nature at my doorstep. How’s that for city living!

 And this one is just about 15 minutes into my run! This pond overlooks hole #3 at the Don Valley Golf Course….also just minutes from my home. Gotta love the urban life!

All this happened in just a couple hours. Imagine what I have in store for the next 22 hours. I haven’t even touched on the other ‘categories’ (family, friends, health, work, fun…..and more).

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. If you are reading this – I am grateful to you for being part of my TGIMworklife community.  And I invite you to reflect on what you are grateful for today.

In gratitude,

Eileen

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