• Writing and Healthy Aging

    Writing and Aging: An Exploration of the Influence of Imagination and Writing Style on Aging and Health Researchers: Paul Dunn, Kari Allen-Hammer, Stephanie Shelburne; LiveLifeResources and UNCFoundation Brief Description: Statistics identify that the population is aging at an accelerated rate....

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  • The Awareness and Action Project

    The purpose of LLR’s Awareness and Action project is to provide research and actionable resources for increased individual and community resilience through the prevention of violence in schools, workplaces, and communities. This 8-week modular training has been developed to assist in the...

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Violence contributes to a pervasive experience of trauma, individual and communal. According to recent studies the impact of community trauma is corrosive to the individual and society. From an individual perspective exposure to violence can manifest as decreased mental/emotional/physical health, increasing health costs, contributing to missed work or school, and a breakdown in relationships. Communally, the impact of violence contributing to trauma can manifest as a breakdown of social networks, relationships, and positive norms. Thus the corrosion of violence can impact all areas of social structure including economic viability.

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether providing training and learning opportunities in violence awareness and prevention can influence individual, family, and community resilience. As people learn how to identify, mitigate, and respond to violence in their workplaces, campuses, public arenas, does violence decrease? Do individuals and communities become more vital and viable?

This study is looking for individuals age 18 and above to participate in an 8 week entirely online violence awareness and prevention training. Each week will contain active and applied learning in topics identified to mitigate violence and cultivate resilience.

This study will take place in the LiveLifeResources Learning Management System (LifeWiseU). It will take place entirely online, requiring no travel or need to visit a particular place.

Participants will engage weekly with the supplied material and research team members via discussion forum and/or chat. Data will be gathered via questionnaires and quizzes.

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We're looking for volunteers just like you.

Volunteers and participants are needed to help us answer important questions about things that impact health, vitality, and resilient living.  Your participation will help add to the much-needed resources on resilience and improve the health of individuals, families, and ultimately communities.

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  • The Virtues of Sadness

    In the early 1990's a small handful of researchers and practitioners began questioning the inherent focus on pathology in the world of Psychology and Psychotherapy. Researchers like Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi argued the benefits of helping people focus on their strengths to create richer more...

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Human resilience is the ability to muster your inner resources in order to ‘bounce back’ from adversity.

It is that almost indefinable quality that allows a person, place, or thing to be beaten down by some of the experiences of life, yet come back with the resolve to carry on to bigger and better things.

Resilience has been defined as: ‘The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress and bouncing back from difficult experiences.’ (APA, 2016).