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Virtues for a Sustainable Life

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2021

How are you, really? 

Are you caught up in what Linda Kavelin-Popov calls the FOG Syndrome of Fatigue, Overwhelm, and Guilt? Have the demands of your life exceeded your energy?  Illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue and Post Polio are epidemic. Too many of us are E-Type Personalities” – everything to everybody!   How do we reclaim our lives and experience Joy, Meaning and Purpose during uncertain times?  How can we sustain a sense of daily grace?

I am going to...

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2020 - A Year in Review

Uncategorized Jan 05, 2021

In 2020, a year mostly on Zoom, Virtues Matter made great strides as an organization and influencer. Like many, we pivoted to online and made the best of difficult circumstances.

We developed and offered a range of programs to help others improve well-being, strengthen unity, culture and character and when possible serve those that are in most need: caregivers, educators, students, and social workers who provide support, encouragement and inspiration to their communities.  Some of...

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Need a Thanksgiving boost? This app can quickly lift spirits

media Nov 25, 2020

On his recent podcast episode of Now What, Jason Hiner interviews Dara Feldman about the Virtues Cards and how it gives a boost to parents, educators, team leaders and anyone who is trying to stay strong during the pandemic. He shares, "The app offers a daily dose of inspiration on the human qualities everyone can call on to persevere during tough times."

Jason is Editorial Director at CNET, a journalist, editor, and business leader. He has written about the technologies, tech companies, and...

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Our Way of Saying Thank You!

Uncategorized Nov 19, 2020

As the U.S. approaches Thanksgiving, it seems timely to reflect on things for which we can be grateful. It’s been a long year and easy to fall into a trap of negativity. But there’s good all around and being thankful can be transformative. Change your mind, change your life!

A friend recently said  ‘Gratitude is a perspective. On your way up the mountain, you have to look back to see the progress you made.’

In our family, we practice gratitude daily. Our...

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Kindness: The Language of LOVE

media Nov 09, 2020
 

As we head to World Kindness Day on November 13,  we are seeing dozens of organizations, events and innovative initiatives share the impact of kindness. There are many benefits from practicing kindness - from increasing self-esteem, empathy and compassion, to lowering blood pressure. Kindness matters.

Virtues Matter had the honor to partner with Life Vest Inside and kick off World Kindness Week with Dance for Kindness 2020 Reimagined on Sunday, November 8th. LifeVest Inside, known for...

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America Meditates Podcast

media Oct 06, 2020

Join the podcast, America Meditates, with Sister Jenna, Director of the Meditation Museums in Maryland & Virginia as she shares a meditation and interviews the Virtues Matter team about inspiring ways to master the challenges on the journey of life.  For decades, Sister Jenna has moved and shaped the consciousness of lives around the world. Her wisdom, peace, and compassion for humanity are expressed through the variety of initiatives she spearheads for youths, women, governments,...

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Being of Service through Caring

media Oct 05, 2020

Dave and Dara were guests on the Culture and Leadership Connections podcast to introduce Virtues, share insights on culture and offer ways to bring positivity to our world. Starting with a phone shake of the Virtues Cards and a random selection of the ‘Caring’ card, some highlights are listed below. To listen to other podcasts and meet the host Marie Gervais, click here...

Quotes

  • “Caring is giving tender attention to the people and things that matter to us. It is being a...
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A Whole New World: 7 Virtues for the Great Reset - #7 Unity

great reset Sep 09, 2020

“We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.” ~ Buckminster Fuller, author

 As we post this final blog of the ‘Whole New World’  series, it is six months since the start of the CoronaVirus pandemic. We have lost loved ones and livelihoods. We are suffering crisis overload and calamity fatigue. There is uncertainty...

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A Whole New World: 7 Virtues for the Great Reset - #6 Creativity

great reset Aug 04, 2020

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  ~ Albert Einstein 

 It has never been more important to play. In fact, play is the new work. To boost our mental and emotional health, many of us have an opportunity to embrace a new spaciousness of life at home, by creating new ways to enjoy our lives and each other. Engaging creatively in play lifts us up to transcend anxiety, worry and even grief in the midst of this uncertain time. Creatively managing our time brings the...

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Don't Just Feel Better, Be Better!

personal Jul 31, 2020

Looking for a summer read, I came across Strengthsfinders by Tom Rath, a book I read more than 10 years ago. It was written with the goal to start conversations about ‘what’s right with people.’

This feels more relevant today given how much we are constantly barraged with negative news and lack of civility when everything is in dramatic upheaval.

Strengthsfinders was a best-seller because it helped millions uncover their talents. The premise was that focusing on what we are...

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