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Thrive: Positive Psychology for Happiness and Meaning

Longing to create joy and meaning in your life? Want to understand your character strengths and values and how these are your greatest tool-kit?

Often we grasp for happiness outside ourselves, seeking fleeting pleasures or the next big thing. A definition of happiness from the field of Positive Psychology involves experiencing positive emotions, using our character gifts, and having access to deeper meaning in life. These findings are revolutionizing workplaces, counseling, and schools by emphasizing the need to build awareness of strengths (not just fix problems) to experience joy and engagement. Learn how to utilize the beauty and wisdom inherent in your own character and values to flourish right where you are!

This Thrive course includes:

  • Introduction to the five elements of lasting wellbeing
  • Online assessment of character strengths
  • Focus on situations in which strengths facilitate pleasure and engagement
  • Guided visualization to assess values and how these align with your life
  • Discussions for awareness and sharing
  • Brief activities between session to increase positive emotions and learn

Bring a journal or notepad.

About our facilitator:
A traveller, immigrant, and registered psychologist for over a decade, Vibeke Vaerum (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology) believes that your unique gifts and current life situation combine to form a “perfect storm” for growth and transformation. With a background of facilitating Positive Psychology groups at the South Island Centre for Counseling & Training (Victoria),  Vibeke will guide you in exploring new possibilities for creating lasting joy in your life and acknowledge the pitfalls that arise on the journey.

Vibeke is passionate about spirituality and personal growth, using compassion and humor when teaching meditation and facilitating groups.

What past participants have said:

“My memory of your actions and talk on ‘the passengers on the bus’ was so vivid that I went home and acted it out for my family. I have a feeling I will never forget it.” M. L., UVic professor

“This course helped me imagine all the possibilities for my career transition. I’ve signed my wife up for your newsletters and you may be hearing from her.” B.C., Director of non-profit

“I’ve been through an extremely stressful time at work and home. This course has been an inspiration on many levels and you are a gifted speaker.” R. G., Uvic professor

When: Four Thursdays: Oct. 27 th , Nov. 3, 10 , and 17 th , 2022; 6:00 – 7:45 pm
Where: Sorrento Centre, 1159 Passchendaele Road
Who: For adults who are stable and seeking joy and awareness. For professionals seeking an authentic direction in their work or undergoing a transition. A fit for anyone wondering about their deeper purpose.

Cost according to your means: $90 for four weeks for under-employed, $160 for employed, $200 to pay-it-forward for those of lower means.

Register early for limited seating

To register email: [email protected] or call 778-587-7468. Registration includes screen to ensure fit. Payment due via etransfer to [email protected]
by October 15th .