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Coffee Connections Discussion Group (Free)
September 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, repeating until October 25, 2021
An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 28, 2021
Weekly discussion topics and assignments:
September 20th & 23rd – The Science of Laughter
Professor Sophie Scott joins Selina & Steve on their podcast Brain Stories to discuss her exploration and understanding behind the science of laughter. We will reflect on her thoughts on why laughter is important and how we can benefit from laughing more.
Please listen to this episode prior to the connection: Sophie Scott and the science of laughter (40 min).
September 27th & 30th – Mental Fitness
Dr. Emily Anhalt delivers a Ted Talk to discuss how to reframe mental wellness into ongoing and preventative mental fitness. We will discuss her concept of mental fitness and how we can interpret it into our daily lives.
Please watch this video prior to the connection: Why You Should Try Therapy Yesterday (11 min).
October 4th & 7th – Breathing
Breathing – Lucan Rockwood presents a Ted Talk focusing on the benefits and power of mindful breathing. We will explore breathing strategies to help us live, sleep and stay energized and discuss how to incorporate these techniques day-to-day.
Please watch this video prior to the connection: Change Your Breath, Change Your Life (12 min).
October 11th & 14th – Make Stress Your Friend
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal presents a Ted Talk reframing stress as a positive concept, and introduces us to an expert tool for stress reduction: reaching out to others. Join us in discussing the power of reframing and recycling our stress.
Please watch this video prior to the connection: Kelly McGonigal – How to Make Stress Your Friend (15 min).
October 18th & 21st – Communication – The Art of Listening
Lewis Howes explores the importance of listening and communicating in our relationships on Chris Lee’s podcast – The Art of Listening. We will discuss the points made in episode 137 about communication and reflect on how we can improve the communication in our own lives.
Please listen to this episode prior to the connection: The Art of Listening: How to Master Relationships through Communication (1 hour).
October 25th & 28th – Grounding
Feeling tense? Join us as we discuss the practice of body scan meditations and how to begin meditating with the basics.