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Lilian Jans-Beken

Gratitude in times of crisis

Now, we see many actions in our society to support people in healthcare and other important branches. Entrepreneurs who have products left, give this to the elderly, vulnerable or people in the healthcare sector. Others give their time to help people with babysitting, running errands and walking dogs. All these actions are partly due to our gratitude that we all feel during this time of crisis.

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Gratitude to God John Templeton Foundation
News about the THSC
Lilian Jans-Beken

Gratitude to God Grant

Dr. Lilian Jans-Beken of the Thriving Human Science Center is invited to submit a full proposal for a Gratitude to God Grant!

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Patience | Dr. Lilian Jans-Beken
Science
Lilian Jans-Beken

“Patience is a virtue”

The character strengths of Peterson and Seligman (2004) are personal characteristics such as leadership and perseverance. There is also criticism of this collection. The vast majority of these strengths are linked to thoughts, feelings and behavior that encourage us to avoid setbacks. From positive psychology 2.0 there are researchers who, for example, put patience forward as a character strength that can help us deal with setbacks without running away from our problems.

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Cosmic gratitud
Insight
Lilian Jans-Beken

Spirituality and gratitude

As a gratitude researcher, people ask me sometimes if you need to be religious or spiritual to be grateful. This assumption is quite understandable as all religions and major worldviews consider gratitude a core virtue. Research shows that religious or spiritual people do report higher levels of dispositional gratitude than people who say they aren’t spiritual or religious. To answer this question, we need to look scientifically at the origin of spirituality of humans. How did spirituality evolve and how is it associated with gratitude?

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Power | Strength | Virtue
Science
Lilian Jans-Beken

Virtues and character strengths

This morning, I filled out the Values in Action Strengths Inventory. It has been five years since I filled it out and I was curious if my character strengths were still the same. My three strongest character strengths are gratitude, wisdom and appreciation of beauty. Well, all has been the same for me but why is it important to know your strengths?

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What is mental health
Science
Lilian Jans-Beken

What is mental health?

There are great concerns about the mental health of the world’s population. Depression is the most common mental illness worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 28 people suffer from depression. But what is mental health? Within positive psychology, Keyes’ two-continua model of mental health is often used to provide insight into mental health.

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