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Stanford's Fred Luskin on Forgiveness and Optimism

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom
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Dr Fred Luskin on Forgiveness and Optimism in conversation with The Centre for Optimism's Victor Perton and Robert Masters, Project Optimism's Noirin Mosley and attendees like you.

Fred Luskin is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Garden of Forgiveness Project at Ground Zero in Manhattan.

Dr. Fred Luskin has completed extensive research on the training and measurement of forgiveness therapy. His research demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self–efficacy, enhanced optimism and conflict resolution skills. It also shows that forgiveness lessons the physical and emotional toll of stress, and decreases hurt, anger depression and blood pressure.

He has worked with men and women from both sides of the violence in Northern Ireland who have had family members killed and with different groups of financial advisors after the stock market crash of 2000 to enhance their conflict resolution and stress management skills.

Dr. Luskin is the author of the best seller Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Stress Free for Good.

He has worked with many organizations and has trained lawyers, doctors, church leaders and congregations, hospital staffs, teachers and other professionals to manage stress and enhance forgiveness all over the United States.

Dr. Luskin’s work has been featured in Time magazine, O magazine, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Parade, Prevention as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S.A. Today and the Wall Street Journal.

See Fred on "Happier Folks Get More Done with Less Stress; So Can You"

The Centre for Optimism member and Stanford University alumnus Bill Ghormley told Victor Perton, "As a son of Stanford University, I am already a follower of Fred Luskin — he gave earlier this year a wonderful talk on Forgiveness, which helped the alumni attending to sense glimpses of the serenity that we have seemingly lost in today’s maelstrom. Optimism is, of course, at the center of our living each day to its fullest. Fred’s perspective on Forgiveness and forgiving is a key tool to unlocking optimism, and to getting past instinctive drives toward retribution, vengeance, distrust of the other, and the like. The insights he offers, in combination with your optimism work, are a powerful connection and combination for all. May the Force be with you both!"

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