Personal Well-Being

... Prioritize Your Health and Happiness

We each face our own, ever-changing set of personal and work-related challenges and opportunities. These interactive seminars can inform, inspire, and support you in this process, with research-based strategies, tips, and information to help you be better prepared for whatever life presents next.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center

Pathways to Happiness: Focusing on What Matters (A Two-Part Series)

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:30pm

Building: NE49-5000 (5th floor, L-Lab)

Presenter: Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D.; Certifying Coordinator, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist and Focusing Trainer, The International Focusing Institute

Did you know that the average person requires five positive comments to cancel out just one negative? This type of negative thinking is not only common, but also serves as a roadblock to well-being. If you want to learn how to retrain your brain, join this interactive workshop. 

Participants are not required to attend both sessions.

Part One: Pathways to Well-Being, Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

During this workshop, you will:

  • Review findings from research in positive psychology
  • Learn about the benefits of positive and mindful thinking for emotional and physical health
  • Define simple techniques to combat negativity bias and to enhance and deepen positivity

Part Two: Pathways to Joy, Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

During this workshop, you will:

  • Review the benefits and tenets of positive psychology
  • Explore and bring focus to experiences and aspects of your life that carry the most meaning and joy
  • Discuss approaches toward incorporating happiness and well-being practice into your regular routine

Presented in collaboration with MIT Medical and Community Wellness

Putting Positivity into Practice

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research) 

Presenter: Bara Litman, Psy.D.;Program Manager, MIT Work-Life Center

Happiness and well-being are skills that require cultivation and practice. During this workshop, we will draw on information and strategies from Pathways to Happiness: Focusing on What Matters and The Science of Happiness to deepen and enhance positivity and happiness. You will also learn about local and community resources, as well as MIT benefits available to support your emotional well-being.

Picking Your Pup: Choosing the Best Dog for Your Lifestyle

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)


Amanda Leef, D.V.M.; Veterinarian and Owner, Heal Veterinary Clinic

Melissa McCue-McGrath, C.P.D.T.-K.A.; Co-Training Director, New England Dog Training Club

Hounds, sheepdogs, and spaniels, oh my! With all the different breeds, shapes, and sizes out there, it’s hard to know which pooch will best complement your or your family’s lifestyle. Join this seminar for information that will help you pick your pup, and set you both up for a “paw”sitive life together. During this discussion, you will receive:

  • An overview of different dog breeds, including temperaments, size, and activity level
  • Tips around choosing a dog that “fits” your lifestyle
  • Criteria to consider when finding a dog through a breeder or a shelter
  • Information about costs, including healthcare, grooming, training, and hidden expenses you may not know about

Tick-Talk: Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Howard Heller, M.D., M.P.H.; Chief Medical Officer, Binx Health and Infectious Disease Consultant, MIT Medical and Massachusetts General Hospital

Spring is upon us! You can finally shed those winter clothes and frolic through the fields and woodlands…but you may still be wary of rolling up your sleeves, thanks to those eight-legged buggers we call ticks. Ticks, as we know, spread Lyme disease, a syndrome also known as the “great imposter,” as it mimics over 350 different medical conditions. Lyme disease is now a global concern, and those of us living in New England are among the highest at risk. So…it’s time to have the tick-talk.

This seminar will provide you with:

  • Tips for avoiding and preventing tick bites and Lyme disease
  • Information to help you recognize tick-infested areas
  • An overview of Lyme disease—including symptoms and available treatments
  • Intervention strategies if a possible tick bite has occurred

Presented in collaboration with MIT Medical and Community Wellness

Opioid Abuse: Warning Signs and Action Steps

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Joanne Peterson; Founder and Executive Director, Learn to Cope Inc.

Due to the sheer number of people struggling to overcome dangerous addictions to heroin and prescription painkillers in the United States, many of us have been (or will be) touched by the growing opioid epidemic in one way or another. Accordingly, the MIT community has seen an uptick in cases involving opioid use, including parents worried about their children, managers and HR professionals concerned about their employees, and individuals seeking support. And we want to help. In this seminar, participants will learn:

  • The current state of the opioid and drug overdose epidemic in the United States
  • How to spot the warning signs of opioid misuse and addiction
  • The range of available treatment options
  • How to promote a recovery-friendly home and workplace
  • About the MIT and community resources that can help

Presented in collaboration with MIT Medical and Community Wellness

Couples and Money: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences) 

Presenter: Ina Bachman, L.I.C.S.W., T.I.W.C., C.E.A.P.; Founder and Coach, Bachman Coaching

This seminar will examine the powerful impact money has on relationships. During this discussion, you will:

  • Analyze how couples think and communicate about money
  • Understand why couples fight about money
  • Explore simple tactics for avoiding money roadblocks that may affect your relationship
  • Receive advice around building a resilient partnership that can withstand financial concerns and challenges