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  1. Navigating Difficult Conversations: Humility-The Quiet Power of an Ancient Virtue

    January 31, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    The latest in its Navigating Difficult Conversation series, the Human Relations Commission is hosting this 2-part discussion which will examine the role of humility in our lives and society. What is it? What are its benefits? How do we practice it?

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    Session 1 held on Tuesday, Jan 24:    (90 minutes): This opening session will define humility and explain its benefits, addressing a series of questions: What is humility? What are myths surrounding humility? Why do we need humility? What does science say about humility? What are some of its benefits? What are some of the obstacles to practicing humility?  Attendees will understand the latest research on humility, what humility is (and is not), and the benefits of humility in their lives.  This will be held via Zoom.  Registrants will be sent the Zoom link in advance.


    Session 2 to be held on Tuesday, Jan 31st, 6:30-8pm: This discussion-focused session will highlight practical ways to develop humility. The speaker will provide tools for cultivating humility and discuss real-world implications for working toward being more humble. Participants will have the opportunity to start putting into practice some of the suggestions during the hour-long session.  This session will be held at the Herrick District Library.


    Presenter: Daryl Van Tongeren, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at Hope College and associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology. The author of over 200 scholarly articles and chapters, his research focused on how meaning in life, religion, and virtues, such as humility, for meaning and its relations to virtues and morality.  His work is supported by numerous grants from the John Templeton Foundation. He has published two books—one on finding meaning in suffering (The Courage to Suffer, with Sara A. Showalter Van Tongeren) and one on humility (Humble), and his scholarly work has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.

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