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Female Athletes of the London Olympics

With the Olympics being held in London this summer, we are reminded of how far we’ve come since the Duke of Wellington was said to have determined, “The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton,” referring to the discipline and strength men acquired playing sports as youths. Today young female athletes in the United States make use of the Title IX provisions to create a winning future for themselves as well. Women competing in the Games this year illustrate many of the character strengths identified in … Continue reading

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Women Olympians as Role Models

Since Title IX guaranteed equal funding for girls’ sports programs 40 years ago, we’ve seen the results in school, in the workplace and in women’s self-confidence. Studies have shown that girls who play sports in high school are more likely to do better in science classes, complete college, avoid substance abuse and join the workforce. And the more time they spend participating in team sports, the higher their self-esteem. Naturally, there has also been an effect on the playing fields. Now, for the first time in the history of the … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month: Courage and Lessons Learned

Women who have been honored over the past years during Women’s History Month all share one common trait – courage. The courage to try something new, to take a risk for what they believed in, to persist despite obstacles, to make a difference. Do you think of courage mainly in terms of men on the battlefield? The Encarta World English Dictionary defines courage more broadly, as: “the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.” Women … Continue reading

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We have been committed to encouraging the experience and expression of gratitude since we worked with Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of the Positive Psychology movement and the author of “Authentic Happiness.” In his book, Dr. Seligman proposes that we identify our strengths and apply them to creating an authentically happy and meaningful life, complete with personal gratification as well as with community improvement. He believes that the expression of gratitude in a concrete way to important mentors, role models and friends changes both the giver and receiver of the … Continue reading

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