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    • 4 Oct 2023
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • Online Webinar

    ISQOLS Webinar

    "Self-Compassion in these Changing Times"

    Wednesday, 4 October

    8:00am PDT/11:00am EDT/5:00pm CEST

    As these times we are currently living in are very “ challenging” for many, there is a growing need for a more compassionate approach to well-being. As scientific research shows, people with higher well-being are healthier and live longer. We in the research world know that in addition to having deep biological survival tendencies, we are also born to be natural givers - giving to ourselves first is the key to personal growth and happiness.

    A large and growing body of research suggests that self-compassion reduces anxiety, makes us more resilient in the face of challenges and improves overall our mental health. Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone - it involves generating feelings of kindness and care toward ourselves and learning to be present with greater ease during some of our life's current struggles.

    In this webinar, we will first begin by giving an introductory overview of self-compassion and the many areas in our lives in which it plays a major role on our decision making. I will help the participants first, understand and define the importance of self-compassion and then explain it’s components. This webinar will also bring the self-compassion puzzle pieces together and eventually help people thrive and develop. Participants will learn practical techniques and exercises for cultivating self-compassion. I will offer “tools" for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others and provide a cure to those negative inner thoughts that eventually keep us isolated and alienated. The participants will also engage in interactive activities which will foster a sense of community and shared learning. I will end the webinar by summarizing what we learned and will provide “takeaways”. These new and daily “takeaways", if practiced” will increase well-being in both your personally and professionally lives.


     For over 30 years, Randall Birnberg, an American educator, has been helping to develop the human potential that lies within each individual. Whether it was the Native Americans on the reservations in New Mexico or Italian street children in Rome, he always provided the crucial psychological tools to work out individual strengths, individual consciousness and self-compassion. Twenty four years ago, he brought his knowledge and experience to Europe. In university lectures, seminars and trainings, he "teaches" doctoral students, business men and women, employees of international companies and private individuals and groups throughout Europe. As a happiness researcher at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Randall works within the relatively new science of happiness, also known as "Positive Psychology". Positive psychology deals with human emotions, strengths, relationships, the meaning of life and our achievements. Through mindfulness and self-compassion, we increase our wellbeing and happiness - eventually building a positive relationships with first, ourselves and then those around us. Randall has helped Ukrainian refugees living in Germany to integrate into the German culture i.e., namely by teaching self-compassion techniques as well as love and kindness meditations. His current passion is to give people “tools” in retreats around Europe, which will eventually help them build resilience during these changing times.

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24 Aug 2023 2023 Conference Dinner: Hotel Schiedam - GUEST PASS
21 Aug 2023 ISQOLS 2023 Pre-Conference Workshop, "A Crash Course on the Psychology of Wellbeing and Quality of Life"
21 Aug 2023 2023 ISQOLS Conference Rotterdam
20 Jun 2023 ISQOLS Webinar, "Putting Quality of Life Data at the Fingertips of Society"
8 Jun 2023 ISQOLS Webinar, "Introduction to a Culturally Sensitive Approach to Measuring Happiness Across the World"
12 Apr 2023 ISQOLS Webinar, "The Wellbeing Driven Economy - A new economic system (paradigm), based on technology"
5 Apr 2023 ISQOLS Webinar, "Measuring Social Progress and Quantitative Advances in Quality of Life: The Estes’ Weighted Index of Social Progress"
8 Feb 2023 ISQOLS Webinar, "To GDP or not to GDP? Identifying the factors promoting and inhibiting the use and impact of well-being metrics in Scotland and Italy"
8 Dec 2022 ISQOLS Webinar, "Do teachers matter for students' wellbeing and long-term success?"
6 Dec 2022 ISQOLS Webinar, "Money does not always buy happiness, but are richer people less happy in their daily lives?"
13 Oct 2022 ISQOLS Webinar, "How much can we learn from subjective wellbeing data?"
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26 Apr 2022 ISQOLS Psychology of Wellbeing: Webinar 9 "Population Segments and Wellbeing"
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12 Apr 2022 ISQOLS Psychology of Wellbeing: Webinar 7 "Life Domains and their Effects of Wellbeing"
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29 Mar 2022 ISQOLS Psychology of Wellbeing: Webinar 5 "Effects of Subjective Reality on Wellbeing"
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15 Mar 2022 ISQOLS Psychology of Wellbeing: Webinar 3, "Effects of Objective Reality on Wellbeing"
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3 Mar 2022 ISQOLS Webinar, Ireland: A case study of improvement in national well-being
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9 Feb 2022 ISQOLS Webinar: Positive attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines: A cross-country analysis
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4 Oct 2021 ISQOLS Webinar: Physical pain in 146 nations
4 Sep 2021 ISQOLS 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony
24 Aug 2021 2021 ISQOLS Virtual Conference
28 Jul 2021 ISQOLS Webinar: Trade and Job (In)Security: The Two Sides of Import Exposure
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26 May 2021 ISQOLS WEBINAR: Explaining Happiness and Income in the Short and Long Run: A Lesson on Happiness
25 Mar 2021 ISQOLS WEBINAR: Walls of Glass. Measuring Deprivation in Social Participation
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23 Oct 2020 ISQOLS WEBINAR: Validation of the SPF-Q, an instrument to assess the quality of production functions to achieve well-being, among multimorbid patients
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30 Sep 2020 ISQOLS WEBINAR: "Bowling with Trump: Economic Anxiety, Racial Identification, and Well-Being in the 2016 US Presidential Election"
14 Sep 2020 ISQOLS WEBINAR:"Wellbeing, sustainability, and progress: what's needed to help governments be accountable to human experience?"
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25 Aug 2020 2020 ISQOLS Virtual Conference
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16 Jul 2020 ISQOLS WEBINAR:"Designing Meaningful Work during COVID-19: Implications for Managers & the Future of Work"
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28 May 2020 ISQOLS WEBINAR:"Community Indicators Projects: Theoretical Notions" "
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1 Sep 2019 ISQOLS Pre-Conference Rabat, Morocco
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15 Mar 2019 ISQOLS WEBINAR, "Reframing Work To Improve Well-being"
16 Jan 2019 ISQOLS Webinar: "Bridging the Gap Between the Sustainable Development Goals and Happiness Metrics"
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