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F.A.Q. about Thrive: First Steps

F.A.Q. about Thrive: First Steps

We now have a new THRIVE Training track called THRIVE: First Steps. Let me tell you why I am thrilled about this addition: you do not need a bonded partner and there is no preparation! Yes, I said it. No partner, no preparation. All we need is you. For nearly 20 years I have servedRead more

The RARE Ingredients We All Need

The RARE Ingredients We All Need

On a recent a traveling trip I sat next to a young lady who had given up. Even though her life had been deeply impacted years ago by a woman counselor, she now considered herself lost and coasting with no direction, no hope, and no joy. She did not know God but she was desperatelyRead more

Don’t Worry: What You Need is a Learned Behavior

Don’t Worry: What You Need is a Learned Behavior

Healthy minds are full of appreciation. Appreciation creates belonging and changes stress to contentment. What are you thankful for today? What makes you smile? Pause for a moment, and reflect on something you appreciate. What do you notice? Appreciation is Joy A gift we share with others. Created from unexpected acts of kindness. Born outRead more

Sendoffs and Snowdrifts Swirling In South Korea

Sendoffs and Snowdrifts Swirling In South Korea

Here’s another update on Chris Coursey’s trip to Korea. Few things are as satisfying and rewarding as watching people encounter the living God for the first time. I enjoyed training students and staff members with the skills to thrive at the YWAM base in Jeju. My time ended smoothly and for my next adventure IRead more

Update from South Korea: Chris Coursey in Jeju

Update from South Korea: Chris Coursey in Jeju

I just finished my first day of teaching with counseling students in the YWAM school here in Jeju, South Korea and I must say, the results are great! The class was engaged and enthused over what they were learning. Since my previous visit in Jeju, I was here last June, I can see a bigRead more

Insecure? Learn How to Sync Up With Others!

Insecure? Learn How to Sync Up With Others!

We all need to feel safe and secure. That’s why we teach people a skill we call “Synchronize Attachments” at Thrive. When you synchronize attachments, you can share a mutual state of mind with others that will bring you closer, as well as help you move independently. Imagine feeling free to be yourself because the world isRead more

Relaxing Might Be More Important Than You Realize!

Relaxing Might Be More Important Than You Realize!

Can you identify a time in your life when you were wrought with worry and dread?  Your shallow breathing and tense body gripped you.  Something was, missing: the skill of effectively quiet our thoughts or body. When we teach this skill at Thrive we call it Skill Two, the skill of “Quieting” or “Shalom.” The abilityRead more

What Finnish Kindergarteners Know About Joy

What Finnish Kindergarteners Know About Joy

As the father of 5 and 3-year old boys and a co-developer for Thrive Training, I wondered what would change in the world if every child went to school and discovered joy. “What if teachers used joy and play to educate our sons?” I then asked my wife. Jim Wilder sent me a recent articleRead more

What does it mean to “Share Joy”

What does it mean to “Share Joy”

At the core of Thrive, a week-long, immersive training experience are 19 essential relational skills. The first one you’ll learn about is called “Share Joy.” How do we know when we’re sharing joy? When Facial expressions and voice tones amplify, “We’re glad to be together!” Signs of Joy Facial expressions. Change in body language. Positive verbalRead more

Drowning Relationally? There’s a Lifeboat In-Between Your Ears!

Drowning Relationally? There’s a Lifeboat In-Between Your Ears!

Imagine you are on a ship at sea when, suddenly, piercing sirens jolt you. A blaring voice over the loud speaker announces there is an emergency. Directions ensue: Passengers must quickly reach the deck for a life-saving exit strategy. Lifeboats are available to save you from the demise of the damaged vessel. Would you wantRead more

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