Blog — Dr. Gale Lucas

Community: Heroes in Everyday Life

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Community: Heroes in Everyday Life

Community: Heroes in Everyday Life This article co-authored by OWLS staff (Brittany Linde and Gale Lucas)   Heroes stand up for others in their community. When a community member has an accident or gets into any other emergency situation, a hero rises to the occasion. Heroes have to overcome many factors that stand in the way of taking action in these situations. Beyond any fear to their own physical safely, there are many other psychological factors that can inhibit what psychologists term “bystander intervention.” First, if there is a crowd, or even just a couple of other bystanders, the hero...

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Compassion: The Do’s and Dont’s of Donation

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Compassion: The Do’s and Dont’s of Donation

Compassion: The Do's And Don'ts of Donation This article co-authored by OWLS staff (Gale Lucas and Michael Hudson) Compassion is a cornerstone of resilience because of how it deeply connects us to others. At the same time, as with other elements of resilience (like confidence), we must be wise in our compassion. We’re often reminded of others who are less fortunate. We see homeless on the street, and we are asked at various store checkouts whether we’d like to donate to selected charities. Out of compassion, we want to help. But we also might wonder: What percentage of my donation...

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Confidence: The root of success... can it also lead to failure?

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Confidence: The root of success... can it also lead to failure?

By Dr. Gale Lucas, Director of Research Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. ~ Coco Chanel Confidence is an essential part of how we succeed. In order to persevere in the face of challenges, we need confidence to overcome said challenges. Those who live by the words “never quit” - those who have grit - have confidence in the face of adversity, and are able to persist through the challenges that they face. American folklore heroes "pull themselves up from their bootstraps" because they believe that they can. Our culture reinforces this...

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Are There Robots in the Future of Wellness?

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Are There Robots in the Future of Wellness?

By Dr. Gale Lucas, OWLS Director of Research Protect the children because they – and robots – are the future. ~ Adam Carolla From Futurists and Science Fiction writers to Computer Scientists and Engineers (and even comedians), people predict robots will play a big role in shaping our future. Some play on our fears that these mechanical counterparts will take over many services, put people out of jobs, and create an unhealthy dependence. Many also believe that the future with robots looks bright, efficient and productive. ...But could it also be filled with increased wellness? A Wellness Dilemma: Failure to...

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