Digital Gratitude Journal for the World Launched by UC Berkeley Center

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRobert Emmons was shocked. The University of California psychologist found that after just ten weeks, people who kept a gratitude journal were 25 percent happier than people who didn’t. People who were reminded to say “thank you” at least once a day were healthier and spent more time exercising. As he writes in an essay for the Greater Good Science Center, “This is a massive difference. The gratitude group participants also experienced fewer symptoms of physical illness than those in either of the other two groups.” Researchers even got similar results in a study of adults with neuromuscular disorders, many of whom suffered from fatigue, slowly progressive muscle weakness, and pain. The 2007 study provided a unique opportunity to determine if the gratitude intervention could help improve the well-being of these people coping with a chronic physical disease.Participants showed significantly more positive emotions and satisfaction with life than a control group, while also showing fewer negative emotions. They also felt more optimism about the upcoming week and felt closer and more connected to others, even though many lived alone and did not increase their actual contact time with others.Based on these dramatic findings, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center worked with Emmons this year to launch the project, “Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude“, with $5.6 million in funding from the John Templeton Foundation. The general goals of this initiative are to:-Expand the scientific database of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of human health, personal and relational well-being, and developmental science;-Promote evidence-based practices of gratitude in medical, educational, and organizational settings and in schools, workplaces, homes and communities;-Engage the public in a larger cultural conversation about the role of gratitude in civil society.This month the Center launched a web-based digital gratitude journal at Thnx4.org designed to track and promote the practice of gratitude worldwide while serving as an invaluable source of scientific data on gratitude. Register on the webpage and start your own journal. You will be improving your life and adding to the database of what makes the world grateful.(READ more from the Berkeley Greater Good)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Ethan Slater, Lena Hall, Javier Muñoz Set for Reefer Madness Reading & More

first_img Ethan Slater Star Files Michael Urie Ethan Slater(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Daphne Rubin-Vega Javier Muñozcenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Ethan Slater, Lena Hall, Javier Muñoz Set for Reefer Madness ReadingA talent-packed slate of stage stars will come together later this week for an industry reading of the hit musical Reefer Madness. Tony nominee Ethan Slater, Tony winner Lena Hall and Javier Muñoz are slated to take part in the private reading on April 18 in New York City. Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill) will direct the presentation, with hopes of a production to come to fruition later this year. Slater will take on the role of Jimmy, with Hall as Mae and Muñoz as Jack/Jesus, along with Gizel Jiménez as Mary, Asmeret Ghebremichael as Sally, Eric Petersen as Ralph, Robert Cuccioli as the Lecturer and Aury Krebs as Placard Girl. The ensemble will include Eleanor Philips, Heather Parcells, Genesis Collado, Sav Souza, Ryan Ortega and Jacob Thompson.Michael Urie to Team Up with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater for Pride Plays FestivalOff-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced Pride Plays, a festival of play readings commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Torch Song star Michael Urie and producer Doug Nevin, who worked together on Buyer & Cellar, are partnering with Rattlestick for the series of new works, produced under festival director Nick Mayo (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying). Playwrights slated to present new work include Michael Benjamin Washington, Terrence McNally, Ryan Spahn, Philip Dawkins, Trans Lab, Eduardo Machado, Eri Nox, Paula Vogel, Jonathan Tolins, Chay Yew, Lisa Kron and many more. The festival will run from June 20-24 at Rattlestick’s downtown venue. For more information, click here.Alan Wasser, 2017 Tony Honor Recipient, Dies at 70Alan Wasser, a beloved general manager whose more than four-decade career on Broadway was capped by a 2017 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, died on April 14 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 70. Over the course of his career, Wasser and his company Alan Wasser Associates general-managed three of the most successful productions of all-time: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. More recent Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit, The Lifespan of a Fact, King Kong and The Prom. Wasser is survived by his sisters Rosalie Quinn (Paul) and Carolyn Ikuta, along with nine nieces and nephews.Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place to Make New York Premiere with Playwrights HorizonsOff-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons has announced The Thin Place, a new work penned by Tony nominee Lucas Hnath (Hillary and Clinton), set to make its New York premiere as part of the company’s 2019-2020 season. Les Waters will direct the play, which centers on a woman named Linda who is able to communicate with the dead. The play is slated to begin performances in November 2019. Also on Playwrights Horizons’ docket is Unknown Soldier, the final musical of the late composer Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), featuring a book and lyrics by Daniel Goldstein (Godspell) and direction by Trip Cullman (Choir Boy). In the musical, Ellen Rabinowitz discovers a mysterious photograph of an anonymous soldier when cleaning out her grandmother’s home, which leads her to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past. The musical will begin performances in February 2020.Sweeney Todd-Inspired Podcast Starring Daphne Rubin-Vega Is Small Screen-BoundDaphne Rubin-Vega will continue to attend the tale. The two-time Tony nominee, recently announced to appear in the In the Heights film, is slated to serve as consulting producer on a TV series adaptation of Aaron Mark’s The Horror of Dolores Roach, a podcast inspired by his one-woman Sweeney Todd-inspired play, both of which starred Rubin-Vega. Deadline reports that Mark will serve as writer, director and exec producer. Additional details are to come.Ann Reinking & Ben Vereen Will Host 2019 Chita Rivera AwardsTony-winning Fosse dancers Ann Reinking (Chicago) and Ben Vereen (Pippin) have been selected as emcees of the 3rd Annual Chita Rivera Awards. The previously announced ceremony, honoring the best in dance, will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on May 19 at 7:30pm. As recently reported, Tony-nominated choreographer Graciela Daniele will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Flody Suarez, Jeffrey Seller and Cher will be honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award. Nominations in competitive categories will be announced on April 26. Look back at last year’s winners here. View Comments Asmeret Ghebremichael View All (5)last_img read more

Last Call for 11 (!) Broadway Shows Closing in January

first_img View Comments It’s a new year and a new decade, which means Broadway is getting ready to make more compelling entertainment for the millions of people who flock to the Great White Way yearly. Unfortunately, some shows have to close to make room for the new ones coming in. In January, a whopping 11 shows will be taking their final bows. Check out everything you absolutely must see before the end of the month.  Chris McCarrell in The Lightning Thief. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) The cast of A Christmas Carol. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 5: The Final QuestThe Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will journey on its last Broadway quest on January 5. The show’s limited engagement arrived on the Great White Way three years after it made its off-Broadway debut, and fans of the popular Rick Riordan young adult series welcomed it with open arms. Chris McCarrell, the only cast member not making his Broadway debut in the show, has played the title character since the beginning. It won’t be long before lightning strikes again because the musical is hitting the road to bring Percy’s story of bravery, acceptance and love to cities across the country.  Mary-Louise Parker Star Files Katharine McPhee and Caitlin Houlahan in Waitress. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) January 5: One More CarolThe first Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will help ring in the holiday cheer one last time on January 5. With an adaptation by Tony winner Jack Thorne, the new take on the classic transported audiences back in time with the help of Campbell Scott’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cookies, string quartets and a theater full of lights allowed audiences to revel in the holiday spirit and hear the beloved Christmas story in a new way.  James Cusati-Moyer Andrew Barth Feldman (Photos: Emilio Madrid and Matthew Murphy; Composite by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) The cast of Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang) The cast of Slave Play. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ato Blankson-Wood Katharine McPhee JANUARY 5: Red Sequins Are ForeverThe musical comedy, based on the 1982 film of the same name, will play its final performance on January 5. Tootsie follows Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, an unemployable actor who disguises himself as a woman to land a job. Needless to say, hilarious chaos ensues. The show received 10 Tony nominations and took home two: one for Fontana’s star turn and the other for scribe Robert Horn. Sad you missed it? Tootsie will soon embark on a national tour, so you’ll be able to see the unstoppable Dorothy Michaels in a town near you. JANUARY 19: Keep ListeningJeremy O. Harris’ buzzed-about Broadway debut work Slave Play will end its extended limited run on January 19. After Harris wrote the provocative piece while still in graduate school, it had its world premiere at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before moving to the Golden Theatre. Following three interracial couples as they discover truths hidden deep within themselves, Slave Play’s impact will be felt for a long while. ALSO:JANUARY 4: Derren Brown: Secret will do its final trick at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.JANUARY 5: The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays bows for the last time at the Neil Simon Theatre.JANUARY 5: The last snowfall will happen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in Slava’s Snowshow.JANUARY 5: The acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof will close at Stage 42.JANUARY 5: Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, which received three extensions off-Broadway, ends its run.JANUARY 19: Samuel D. Hunter’s Greater Clements, starring Judith Ivey, closes at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.JANUARY 26: Current Dear Evan Hansen  stars Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello, who play Evan Hansen and Connor Murphy, respectively, will take their final bow at the Music Box Theatre.  Will Hochman JANUARY 12: Mic DropWhat started out as a side hobby during the creation of In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme has turned into its very own verifiable Broadway hit. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, FLS combines rap and improv, so no one can see the same show twice. With occasional surprise appearances by Miranda, Wayne Brady, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and more, this is a Broadway event that must be experienced to be believed, so be sure to get to the Booth Theatre by January 12.  Ali Stroker The cast of Freestyle Love Supreme. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 12: Turning the PageAdam Rapp’s Broadway debut thriller The Sound Inside will play for the final time at Studio 54 on January 12. The two-hander, directed by David Cromer, follows a professor and student’s complicated relationship that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Featuring newcomer Will Hochman and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, this beautifully performed piece is quietly intense and literary, while leaving audiences stunned.  Alex Boniello Chris McCarrell Santino Fontana in Tootsie. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) JANUARY 19: Chili To-GoDaniel Fish’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma! will serve chili and corn bread to its final audience on January 19. Starring Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and recently crowned Tony winner Ali Stroker, this newly imagined version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been surprising audiences at the Circle in the Square Theatre for 10 months. With history-making performances, a thrilling dream ballet and hearty snacks during intermission, Oklahoma!’s absence is sure to be felt.  Santino Fontana JANUARY 5: Goodbye PieComposed by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress will finish its Broadway run on January 5. Waitress garnered four Tony nominations and has gone on to play across the country and in the West End. With a treasure trove of casting replacements like Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan, Gavin Creel, Jordin Sparks, Colleen Ballinger, Todrick Hall and even Bareilles herself, Waitress has given fans many reasons to return during its almost four-year shift at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. McPhee will be the show’s final Broadway Jenna by finishing out the run. Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View All (10)last_img read more

Public Notice: Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Meets Nov. 8

first_imgNM Indian Affairs Department News:The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is meeting noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Board Room at CNM Main Campus at 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, in Albuquerque.The meeting is open to the public.Public parking is available south of University Boulevard across CNM Main Campus. An agenda will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and posted on the Indian Affairs Department’s homepage at http://www.iad.state.nm.us/.Direct questions about the MMIW Task Force meeting to Stephanie Salazar at 505.690.4079 or by email at: [email protected]last_img read more

Enterprise Managed Services Limited v East Midland Contracting Limited

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Argonauts Finish Second at Golfweek Spring Invitational

first_imgArgonauts Finish Second at Golfweek Spring Invitational Blake Olson (Photo by Jim Hogue) Sharecenter_img ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s golf team had an excellent start to the 2010 spring season, taking on the highly competitive field of the Golfweek Spring Invitational to finish in second place and just two strokes behind   tournament winner No.13 Nova Southeastern. Freshman Blake Olson (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS) shot a career-low 68 during the final round, finishing three under for the tournament.West Florida shot a combined score of 880, matching Nova Southeastern for the tournament low single round score of 289 after the final day. Third place No. 4 Chico State and No. 16 Lander finished with a score of 886, six strokes back from the Argonauts while No. 6 Lynn ended the tournament in fifth place shooting 892. Of the 18 teams in the field, 10 are ranked in the top-25 of the nation according to the most recent GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll, five of which are ranked in the top-10 with the remainder of the field all receiving votes.“Everybody fought hard and played well,” said UWF Head Coach Steve Fell.  “All in all I’m pretty pleased.  It’s a good way to start off the spring.  We’re kind of a young team, but we’ve been working hard and it’s starting to pay off.  This will give our guys confidence that we can play with anybody; we just need to keep working hard and improving, and we’ll see what happens.”Olson had a stellar final round, carding five birdies and 12 pars going into the 18th hole before having his single bogey of the round to finish with a 68. He jumped from his tie at seventh place from the beginning of the third round to contend for the lead for the remainder of the day after back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes, but finished tied for second (75-70-68-213), just two strokes behind individual winner Roberto Nasalli-Rocca of Lander. “I was really impressed with the way (Blake) composed himself,” said Fell.  “He had a really good chance to win it outright – he was right there. I expect a lot more of this out of him, and I think he’s going to be one of our top players.”The remainder of the West Florida team also held their own during the final round, as sophomore Ryan Black (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) came in with a 74 after the final round to tie for fifth place with a total 218 (73-71-74). Black went three-for-three in birdies, again scoring his only three birdies of the round on the back nine to match his first two rounds. Junior Otto Bonning (Skanor, Sweden/Sundsgymnasiet) finished in the top-15, tying for exactly 15th after a total score 222 (74-73-75) with a birdie on the final hole of the tournament. Sophomore Robbie Van Riper (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon HS) had the second lowest score for UWF after the third round, improving on his previous day score by 10 strokes to shoot an even-par 72 putting him in a tie for 39th (75-82-72). The round is his lowest as an Argonaut. Sophomore Jake Bradley (Milton, Fla./Pace HS) finished the tournament placing in a tie for 76th (79-80-81-240).West Florida will hit the road again in one week to travel to Lakeland, Fla. to compete in the Matlock Collegiate Classic hosted by No. 10 Florida Southern February 15-16. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Esports Stadium Arlington inks partnership with HyperX

first_imgRELATED: Esports Arena Oakland to close permanentlyThe partnership will ignite on July 11th with the Esports Stadium Arlington’s official reopening. Daily programming such as weekly community tournaments and recreational gaming will line the two weeks following the venue’s doors opening to the public. The daily events will additionally include promotions and HyperX product giveaways for attendees. Esports Stadium Arlington will resume operations in phases with “limited capacity, regular sanitization and stricter health policies.”Jonathon Oudthone, President of Esports Stadium Arlington, commented on the partnership in a release: “Holding the crown as the largest dedicated esports facility in North America comes with tremendous responsibility. It’s extremely important for us to partner with companies that can compliment the excellence and experience we provide to our players and fans. This is why we chose HyperX as the preferred peripherals partner for Esports Stadium Arlington. Their peripherals will allow us to hold true to our nature of offering the best in class products for our competitive and recreational gamers. We look forward to growing this relationship with HyperX.” 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. RELATED: Panda Global collaborates on blue light eyewear with HyperXEsports Stadium Arlington has been home to premier industry events such as FACEIT’s now-defunct Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league ECS and the 2019 edition of the Esports Awards. In January, the venue signed on with the United States Marine Corps in a deal focused on high school and college students in the country.Kitty Nguyen, Esports Sponsorship Specialist at HyperX, added: “HyperX is excited to be the Peripherals Sponsor and providing quality HyperX peripherals to the fans at the Esports Stadium Arlington. HyperX welcomes being part of upcoming online tournaments and events that share a passion for gaming in a dedicated esports facility in Texas.”Esports Insider says: It’s great to see venues starting to open back up after a tumultuous spell brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. Esports Stadium Arlington’s partnership with HyperX and its planned promotions should prove an excellent strategy to welcome attendees back inside its halls after a considerable hiatus.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube Kingston Technology gaming brand HyperX has established a partnership with Esports Stadium Arlington to become the preferred peripheral sponsor of the venue.The deal will outfit Esports Stadium Arlington with HyperX peripherals including headsets, keyboard, mice, controller charging docks, and mousepads, as well as provide the venue with products specifically for fan giveaway opportunities.Photo credit: Esports Stadium Arlingtonlast_img read more