Heather Riley has been in the education field for 25 years. A high school and university teacher, she has taught at Penn (PA), Thomas Jefferson University (PA), George Washington University (D.C.), Episcopal High School (VA), the George School (PA), Westtown School (PA), and since 2005, The Shipley School. There, she learned about the ideas of positive education, which inspired her to learn more about this idea of flourishing. As a result, she earned a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology through the Flourishing Center in New York. She also holds a BA and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. As well, Heather is a certified yoga and meditation teacher through the Yoga Alliance. She is currently studying to become a life/work coach through the Flourishing Center.
Allison Sobel is a business executive, exercise studios owner, and a corporate meditation provider for U.S. based companies. She has trained exclusively under Dr. Deepak Chopra, receiving her Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher in 2013. She holds a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology through the Flourishing Center in New York. She is a certified positive psychology-based executive coach. She has trained hundreds of yoga and meditation teachers over the past 15 years. Allison has significantly contributed to the health and wellbeing of thousands of people in the surrounding Philadelphia area for over 30 years.
What are some ways that you can increase positive emotions in your organization? In particular, how can cultivating ideas like gratitude, savoring, and happiness improve not only your individual wellbeing, but your community’s well being?
What is the difference between a fixed vs a growth mindset? How does this change how we interact with each other?
How can positive emotions broaden and build your toolbox? What are some activities that achieve this?
What is a negative attention bias? What is the hedonic treadmill? How are these affecting your decision-making and reactions?
How can adopting an optimistic belief system change the story you are telling yourself?
What is catastrophizing and how can you change how you think in order to combat it? What are “thinking traps”?
What is “flow,” and how can you get into flow in your job?
Why do you get depleted, and how can you “replete” effectively?
What are your strengths, and how can you use them to improve wellbeing for you and your organization?
What is conscious choice-making? How can you utilize that in your life and your organization?
How do we use acceptance, rather than avoidance, in the way we talk to ourselves?
How do we procrastinate, and is it possible to strengthen our self-regulation so we do it less?
What does leadership look like in an organization? What kind of leader are you?
Why is it important to cultivate kindness, forgiveness, and altruism?
How can you create a culture of belonging in an organization?
How do you create meaning and purpose in your life? How do you uncover your Life’s Purpose?
What is “post-traumatic growth”?
Are spirituality and transcendence part of everyone’s journey?
How can you measure and improve feelings of “hope”?
How can you set - and meet- goals? It is simpler than you think!
How do ideas like visualization and ritual help you to set yourself up for better habits?
What are “grit” and “perseverance,” and are they really that important? (YES!)
What is vitality? When have you felt vital?
What aspects of life enable vitality?
Why is sleep important? How do we know if we are not getting enough? How can we get more? What is quality sleep?
Why is it important? What are the obesity rates in the US? What are the health care costs in our country? What are the physical and emotional benefits of being active?
Balance and Breath:
How does the breath work to balance stress? What is the importance of polarity?
How does the food we eat play into our state of flourishing? How do some foods contribute to our immune and inflammatory responses? Can a combination of some foods contribute to lower stress?
Time in nature:
How does being outside affect our mood? If not outside, what about natural light?
Sex and Sexuality:
How does our sex life and our sexuality contribute to our flourishing?