SOARING into Strength: Seven Positive Psychology Workshops to Help You Flourish and Heal

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SOARING into Strength Workshops will teach you how to implement positive interventions into your personal and professional life. You will come away understanding many proven, healing strategies that will benefit you, your family, friends and co-workers. Workshops do not employ medical jargon and can be enjoyed by adults, children and teens, inviting everyone to take active roles in healing and developing their own sense of self-worth and belonging.  Each workshop comes with a comprehensive SOARING into Strength workbook.   

Track One:
 Seven Tuesday nights from 8pm to 9:30pm EST
Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 31. November 7, 14, 21. Click here to register.

Track Two: Seven Wednesday afternoons from 12 to 1:30pm EST
Dates: October 11, 18, 25. November 1, 8, 15, 29. Click here to register.

SOARING into Strength Workshops will give you tools and strategies you need to:

  • DISCOVER how to tap into your inner strength and wisdom
  • EXPERIENCE powerful proven positive psychology exercises that you can use whenever you need insight, clarity and resilience
  • LEARN how you can incorporate new scientific breakthroughs from leading experts in positive psychology into your daily life
  • INTEGRATE the learning with hands-on exercises during each workshop and use these approaches to enhance your health and well-being

Positive Psychology is the study of what’s right with people vs. traditional psychology that explores what’s wrong with people. Founded by Dr. Martin Seligman thirty years ago, this blossoming field has attracted the leading scientists in the world to help people experience more flourishing and well-being.  Lisa Buksbaum is one of 400 people in the world who graduated from Dr. Seligman’s Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program, at the University of Pennsylvania.  Lisa has created videos and positive interventions collaborating with dozens of the top Positive Psychology practitioners in the world.

All Soaringwords’ workshops and trainings are based on the SOARING into Strength Positive Health model that consists of seven components:

Shifting: You can do something to create a positive shift in your attitude, your body, and overall well-being. Learn about Post Traumatic Growth and how serious setbacks actually allow us to appreciate five positive outcomes that change our lives for the better. 

Optimism: You can choose to find good things to notice and celebrate even when times are difficult or painful. Discover how to avoid the Seven Thinking Traps. Learn about Optimistic Explanatory Style and how you can change the way you think and speak in order to experience less negativity in your life and the lives of your family members.

Altruism: You can gain a sense of control, calm, and purpose by sharing your creativity, kindness, character strengths, and hope with others. Learn about High Quality Connections, Active Constructive Listening, and the powerful benefits that Pay-it-forward will have on enhancing your well-being and strengthening your relationships.

Resiliency: You have the capacity to flourish in the face of difficulty. Learn about GRIT and how to become grittier to overcome challenges and obstacles.

Imagery: You can tap into your inner knowledge to heal through Imagery: a micro-intervention requiring seconds or minutes, leading you to profound and lasting change.

Narrative: You can heal though the power of positive storytelling, journal writing, and reading positive stories.

Gratitude: The most beneficial of all positive emotions you can choose to experience moments of appreciation, even in the midst of challenges. You will learn about the Gratitude Letter and How to do a Successful Gratitude Visit, How to enhance your Gratitude Frequency and Gratitude Density.

Lisa Honig Buksbaum is a passionary: a visionary driven by great passion and action. She is an intuitive healer and well-loved inspirational speaker who has shared her wisdom with thousands of people throughout the world. Three experiences with death and illness in her family during a ten-month period motivated her to launch Soaringwords, a not-for-profit organization she founded to inspire millions of ill children and their families to “Never give up!” Since 2001, Lisa has shared her SOARING into Strength success strategies with over 500,000 people through Soaringwords. She’s been featured as an expert on ABC News, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, and Delta Sky Magazine. Soaringwords’ mission is to embrace hospitalized children, as well as their families and health care professionals, to encourage positive health and healing. Soaringwords provides fun, creative and educational modules based on concepts in positive psychology that enhance well-being. Soaringwords is unique in that it inspires each child and adult to “pay it forward” to help others. This approach fosters altruism, hope, optimism and resilience. 

Lisa has been a keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist at dozens of professional conferences including the International Positive Psychology Association; European Positive Psychology Conference; International Positive Education Network; UJA Healing Conference; and BRITE Conference on Innovation and Technology. Lisa has led workshops at dozens of Fortune 50 companies such as Johnson & Johnson; Facebook; Google; JPMorgan Chase; New York Life, and Verizon. She is an intuitive healer working closely with people to connect to their inner wisdom in order to heal through imagery. Lisa has been in touch with her prophetic inner knowing from a young age. Lisa graduated with honors from The University of Pennsylvania; holds an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University; and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania. She is a student at the American Institute for Mental Imagery under the direction of Dr. Gerald Epstein. She is the author of SOARING into Strength: The New Science Approach to Help You Heal that will be published in 2018.

How gritty are you?

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Angela DuckworthAngela Duckworth is a MacArthur Genius award recipient and one of the humblest people you’ll ever meet. Her first-ever book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance  went on sale on May 3 and is topping the best seller list. Soaringwords had the honor to shoot a special video with her at the 92nd Street Y. In this video she shares what young people can do to become more gritty; how parents can be loving and demanding when their children are hospitalized as a way to help them become grittier; and how paying-it-forward increases grit. Watch Video 

Find out how gritty you are by taking the Grit Score Quiz.

Do the Best Possible Future Self Exercise.

SoaringLove Message for Someone Special

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2016_01_27_13_03_27002When you love someone or something it makes you feel really happy so your heart expands with joy. Many different cultures have LOVE symbols to communicate this powerful positive feeling.

  • Native Americans consider the Hummingbird to be a symbol of love
  • Chinese people think the Maple Leaf shows the sweetness of love
  • In Norway and Iceland, the Harp symbolizes love
  • Hinduism and Roman Mythology consider the Shell to be a love symbol
  • American Sign Language has the “I Love You” sign, which is depicted in the artwork on the left.

Today you are invited to make a special SoaringLove message and artwork to give to another patient to brighten his or her day. If you want, you can surprise someone in your family or your doctor or nurse by making your SoaringLove message just for them.

Here’s How to Ge2016_01_27_13_00_26003t Started:

  1. Think of things you love that make you happy. It could be your favorite stuffed animal or your pet or your favorite toy or anything that puts a smile on your face.
  2. Draw a picture of this to “give” to another person.
  3. Make a special message on the bottom of the page that completes this sentence “I drew this picture for you of a ______________. I am sending this to you with lots of Love!”
  4. Write your first name and age on the bottom of the page.

Do make your picture really big. Fill the entire page with your picture and message.
Do make your picture really bright and colorful.

After You Finish Your SoaringLove Message:
Give it to someone special like your mom, dad, brother or sister, friend, nurse, doctor or another child in the hospital.

Click here to download the activity and the border.

Soaringwords Rocks International Positive Psychology Association World Congress

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June 27, 2015 (Orlando, Florida): 1,200 of the leading positive psychology practitioners from around the world (Martin Seligman, Barbara Fredrickson, Tal Ben-Shahar and Corey Keyes) gathered at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress. What could be better than hearing the ROCK STARS of Positive Psychology at the IPPA World Congress? Dancing with them! IPPA teamed up with Soaringwords to provide a pro-social service community project – the creation of SoaringSuperhero® puppets for patients at Florida Hospital for Children, followed by a Mega Master Dance Class with world renowned Zumba® celebrities Marcie Benavides, DJ Francis, Holly Rose and Fabio Barros.

We thank Presidio for being our sponsor and helping inspire hospitalized children to “Never give up!”

May Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

I spent Spring break on the beach in Tel Aviv soaking up the sun and spending time with close friends and family. Being in nature reminds me to breathe deeper, walk slower and truly appreciate things that often are all too easy to take for granted. Mid-trip I bent down to zip-up a suitcase and pulled a muscle. Nothing like six weeks in rehabilitation to appreciate the gifts of health! Now after the recovery, I am definitely not taking the joy of movement and health for granted. Every morning when I go to the gym for my swim, I want to kiss the lifeguard out of happiness of being able to enjoy this precious time in the pool.

Wishing you the gift of heightened gratitude and abundant health and joy this Spring.

Much love,

Volunteers for Good

We love our New York Life Volunteers! Every month they roll up their sleeves and create beautiful gifts for children in hospitals and bereavement centers. Our latest projects included SoaringDreamBoxes (pictured above), SoaringOrigami and a gorgeous SoaringMural (pictured above). We can’t wait for our next project: SoaringWindChimes on June 12. Thank you to our magnificent leaders: Nina Deal, Arnyse Black, Victoria Dwyer, Maria Kamenetskaya, Celena Thorne and Yuk-Ying Chin MORE PHOTOS

Viacommunity Day

In the heart of Chinatown in New York City, 50 of the most exuberant Viacom employees spent the day with 4th graders at P.S.126. Students and employees decorated SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® with inspirational messages and artwork for hospitalized children. Then everyone enjoyed a high-energy Zumba® Fitness dance experience to celebrate health, led by instructor Thomas Estler. The day ended with a Closing Award Ceremony. Soaringwords is proud to be part of the annual Viacommunity Day and we can’t wait for next year’s event! MORE PHOTOS

Take Your Child to Work Day

On Take Your Child to Work Day millions of children cut school to hang out at their parents’ offices. We shared Soaringwords community service projects with employees’ children at BlackRock, Cisco and Horizon Media. Since hospitalized children can’t participate in the fun, we decided to bring it to them by donating SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® decorated with inspirational messages and artwork. (Photo left: BlackRock. Photo right: Horizon Media employees delivering Quilts and Pillows to children at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC).

Soaringwords + Zumba Fitness

Every month, Zumba® Instructors in more than 50 hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses bring Soaringwords’ activities and Zumba® classes to children, their families and hospital professionals. Soaringwords salutes all the hardworking and dedicated Instructors who donate their time to inspire others!

(Photo left: Children’s National Health Service in Washington, DC. Photo right: Ronald McDonald House at St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia.)

Thank you to Dahrio Wonder for writing a wonderful new song called Get Up that he is dedicating to Soaringwords! Now all our fabulous Soaringwords + Zumba® volunteers can share this amazing song and choreography with ill children around the world. Thanks to Anaya and Maliah for being the stars of the video and to their mom ZES™ Gina Grant and ZES™ Jessica Witt for creating the fabulous choreography. VIDEO

Soaringwords is Coming to Orlando!

Join us at the Zumba® Master Class featuring world-renowned instructors ZES™ Marcie Benavides and DJ Francis. Special Guest ZJ™ Holly Rose. 

100% of your ticket will fund the Soaringwords + Zumba® Fitness program for hospitalized children. With your support, we will share the healing power of dance, movement and laughter. 

Saturday, June 27 – Doors open 6:30 PM
7-8 PM Make a SoaringSuperhero puppet for hospitalized children
8-9:30 PM Zumba® Master Class

Disney Coronado Springs Resort – 1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Orlando

$20 GENERAL ADMISSION; $30 VIP (includes T-shirt and priority entrance) TICKETS:

Special Guests Include: International Presenter Fabio Barros, Mother/Daughter Team Reyna Zurita and ZJ™ Janice Gonzalez, the youngest ZIN™ member in U.S. Justin Romero and the fabulous Lourdes Leon, ZJ™

SoaringStars – Marcia Graham

This month we salute Marcia Graham, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC.  For the past ten years, Marcia has been our SoaringChampion welcoming volunteer delegations to visit with patients and families and share SoaringQuilts & SoaringPillows and other crafts projects to brighten their days. She is a tireless advocate for patients with an understated warmth and calm she learned back home in Jamaica. Marcia is a person who makes each child feel loved and supported; precisely what you’d want from someone bringing hope and healing to so many patients and families who come to the hospital from all around the world.

SoaringHealth & Wellness

Awe and Wonder in the Midst of Medical Challenges
Jonathan Haidt is a positive psychologist who is considered an expert on Awe and Wonder. Like so many words today that are bandied about in daily use so that the original impact is seriously diminished, the actual definition of awe means that one has to experience something that does not neatly fit into our existing mental structures. The vastness or awe-inspiring experience causes us to pause, giving us an opportunity for our minds to actually expand and grow. According to Haidt, “the best way to think about awe and wonder is as a family of emotions, but the key thing to keep in mind is that awe always includes an element of fear and dread in the face of gigantic awesome power. When you’re contemplating and processing the experience, that’s when your mind shifts and expands. And that is what I think is so deeply pleasurable.”  A self-described awe-junkie, he traveled the world researching awesome experiences like climbing the highest mountains and going to remote and exotic locales. So how can someone experience moments of awe and wonder in the hospital or during a medical challenge? Sometimes it is the gift of slowing down in our daily lives that allows us to see the power of nature that gives us a moment of awe and wonder. This uplifting transformative positive experience can create an opening to experience other positive emotions, and when this happens you could say that’s actually pretty awesome.

Touch Points
Contact Soaringwords to share a team-building event at your company, school or hospital. Contact or call us at 646-674-7105.
We have a few spots left in our summer internship program. Kindly send us bright and fabulous interns who want to get real-world experience and make valuable contributions to Soaringwords’ social media and special events this summer. Email heal@soaringwords and request an internship application.