...Creating the Life We Want to Live

We each face our own, ever-changing set of personal and work-related challenges and opportunities. Whether it’s an immediate need, like finding a good plumber or rearranging our schedule for a last-minute meeting—or a long-term concern like caring for an elderly parent or making an important career decision—the result is often more stress in our lives. These interactive seminars can inform, inspire, and support you in this process, with research-based strategies, tips, and information to help you be better prepared for whatever life presents next.

Traveling Safely Internationally for Work and Pleasure

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 46-3189; Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Presenters – 

Todd Holmes, B.A.; Program Manager, MIT International Safety and Security 

Sandra Mitchell, M.B.A.; Director, MIT Office of Insurance

Are you planning, or hoping to plan, an international trip for work or personal reasons? MIT faculty, staff, postdocs, students, and family members have an ever-mobile global presence. While fun and exciting, travel also can present inconveniences and risks that can be avoided with thoughtful preparation.  This seminar will look into state-of-the-art—and scientifically proven—ways to prepare for safe travel, in order to work, explore, meet people, and have fun abroad. In addition, we will cover the resources available to you through MIT, including access to information and advice for adequate preparation, and assistance returning home quickly if there is an unexpected or disruptive event. The MIT Program for International Safety and Security offers many travel safety services to the MIT community.

Practice Mindfulness to Improve Well-Being and Resiliency (RESCHEDULED to May 2 Due to Storm)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Paul R. Fulton, Ed.D., M.S.; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Mindfulness-Based Learning and Founding Member, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with greater clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative, and resilient in all aspects of their lives.

The Science of Happiness: Bring More Happiness to Your Personal and Professional Life (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter – Delvina Miremadi-Baldino, Ph.D.; Founder and Chief Resilience Officer, Realize Your Resilience

Research supports that happy people feel better, do better, and live better. While this is great news, it still begs the question: Why? And, more importantly, how? During this session, we will explore the history and research behind the concept of happiness, how it relates to the various facets of your life, and what intentional activities you can do to increase your life satisfaction and fulfillment. There are many pathways to happiness, so let’s get your journey started!

Communication Skills – Beyond Words! (Webinar)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Mary-Ellen Rogers, B.S.W.; Principal, Excellere

Did you know that over 60 percent of messages you relay are communicated without words? There is so much more to communication than words themselves. Participants in this session will learn about the impacts of nonverbal communication, social media communication channels, and self-presentation.

Involvement and Engagement: How Small Acts of Kindness and a State of Flow Can Change Your Life (Webinar)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter – Delvina Miremadi-Baldino, Ph.D.; Founder and Chief Resilience Officer, Realize Your Resilience

Do you ever ask yourself, “What can I do today to change my life for the better?” Thankfully, research supports that there is something we can do to improve our lives, and it’s actually quite easy. In this session, we will explore two actionable concepts that you will enjoy adding to your daily/weekly routine and that will help you live a happier, more positive, and more purposeful life!