Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

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Barbara Fredrickson's Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture - "Prioritizing Positive Emotions to Meet Our Toughest Challenges" - will be held at 4 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Coffman Theater.

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Barbara Fredrickson presents, "Prioritizing Positive Emotions to Meet Our Toughest Challenges"

Some of our toughest challenges involve sticking to the healthy goals we set for ourselves. For instance, among those who act on their goals to become physically fit, 60-90% revert back to sedentary behavior within 6-12 months. In this presentation, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson describes her latest theory and evidence on how we might deploy the science of positive emotions in the service of long-term behavioral maintenance. Specifically, she will outline her Upward Spiral Theory of Lifestyle Change and present evidence, from laboratory and field studies, that test it. These discoveries point to practical ways in which we can prioritize positive emotional experiences to help ourselves to meet our toughest health goals.

About Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (PEP Lab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among the most highly cited scholars in psychology, in 2017 she was honored with the Tang Prize for Achievements in Psychology, awarded to recognize exceptional career contributions to the well-being of humanity.

Previous Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecturers

2017: Chungliang Al Huang "Balancing the Dance of Living"

2016: Rudy Tanzi, PhD "Super Brain and Super Genes: The Road to Radical Wellbeing"

2015: Dacher Keltner, PhD "Survival of the Kindest: A New Science of Compassion"

2014: Kelly McGonigal, PhD "The Willpower Instinct and The Neuroscience of Change"

2013: Steven Southwick, MD "Bouncing Back: How Science Informs Resilience"

2012: Esther Sternberg, MD "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing"

2011: Stuart Brown, MD "The Neuroscience of Play"

2010: Jacqueline Olds "Exploring the Importance of Human Connections to Our Health and Wellness"

2009: Peter Whitehouse "Positive Aging Across the Lifespan: Myths About Alzheimer's Disease and How to Create Healthier Intergenerational Stories of Brain Aging"

2008: Matthieu Ricard "Train Your Mind change Your Brain: Cultivating the Inner Conditions for Genuine Happiness

2007: Dr. James Lynch "The Mind is the Teacher of the Soul but the Body is its Book

2006: Dr. Mimi Guarneri "Integrative Approaches to Cardiovascular Disease

2005: Richard Leider "Mindful Aging: Claiming Your Place at the Fire"

2004: Martin Seligman "Positive Psychology, Health and Well-Being"

2003: Dr. Michael Lerner " Why Personal & Environment Health are Inseparable in the 21st Century"

2002: Jean Achterberg "Frontiers in Mind-Body Healing"

2001: Mihaly Csikszentmihaly "The Creative Person and the Creative Process"

2000: Jon Kabat-Zinn "Mindfulness, Meditation and Healing in 21st Century Medicine"

1999: Kenneth R. Pelletier "Sound Mind, Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health"

Earlier lectures

1998 Herbert Benson, MD
1997 Erica S. Froelicher, PhD, RN
1996 Patricia M. Dubbert, PhD
1995 Bonnie G. Berger, Ed.D.
1994 Diane Wiese-Bjorrnstal, PhD
1993 William P. Morgan, PhD
1992 Ruth A. Stricker

About the Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

Each year the Center brings a world-renowned leader in mind-body medicine to the Twin Cities metro to talk about topics at the forefront in integrative health and wellness. Usually held in April, these well-attended and inspiring programs are made possible through a generous gift from Ruth Stricker. The Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture is produced by the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Henry L. Taylor Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement and the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development.

About Ruth Stricker

As founder and executive director of The Marsh: A Center for Balance and Fitness in Minnetonka, Stricker is a pioneer and international spokesperson for the mind-body connection. With a global viewpoint, Ruth fully integrates Eastern and Western philosophies into her professional and personal life, her theme being, “the resiliency of the human spirit” and how it enables us to find a sense of wellbeing in our lives... that our challenge is to be emotionally resilient and physically healthy to handle change and stress. Ruth has been a master of mind-body balance for more than 50 years. She champions the conviction that “perseverance is not a long race but many short races, one after another.” Ruth is a mentor to many who share her philosophy.