In her Positive Psychology workshops, Dr. Woythal shared many, many positive steps and practices, which helped me to set and validate my intentions to live a more authentic and fulfilling life. Going through the exercises of identifying my key strengths and values and targeting my needs and desires were “eye-opening” in better understanding myself. I became more aware of those expectations that undermined my enjoyment and gratitude. Techniques cultivating gratitude and mindfulness and, also, savoring pleasure were explored, and I have been able to integrate many of them into my daily life. These workshops have helped me to increase the joy in my life, plus they were FUN!
Dr. Connie made positive psychology practical, doable, and applicable to my daily life. The experiential activities we did were fun, but also left me with many ‘aha’ moments. I was able to carry away so much from the classes and use it to enhance my life and that of my family.
Connie’s workshops on positive psychology have been as delightful as they are educational. Connie’s teaching style weaves great humor and great wisdom. Each positive psychology topic is introduced with clear insightful description, which in itself evolves these issues from vague desirable attributes to meaningful values, wisdom, and strengths. Using quotes from various authors, scientists and wisdom traditions, and incorporating materials from research professionals, Connie brings the topics alive with personal relevance and social usefulness. The class exercises further promote a personalized, experiential relationship with the material. Excellent handout materials and references enable one to pursue topics deeper on one’s own after class, and really incorporate them into one’s life.
Connie’s teachings on kindness were especially inspiring and transformational for me. Kindness evolved from a relatively quiet, nice, but optional gesture, to just the opposite – a powerful, essential statement of connection which brings joy and freedom to the giver and the receiver, and is especially critical in our relationship with ourselves. Aligning ourselves with and practicing kindness allows us to bring into action and create the life we want and the world we want to live in. Since Connie’s class on kindness, I’ve been including this topic in every single one of my own classes.
Thank you Connie! I’m honored and grateful for you too.
~Lorrie Ransome, PhD