Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mindful USC

Wellness and the promotion of mental and physical health are longstanding priorities of the faculty, staff, and student communities at USC.  As a way of proactively addressing wellness on campus, we launched Mindful USC in 2014 as a secular, university-wide initiative focused on positive health outcomes and learning experiences for our campus community, especially in terms of stress reduction, workplace happiness, emotional intelligence, and creative expression.

Mindful USC offers free courses on mindfulness for students, faculty, and staff at USC, and since its inception, approximately 2,000 members of our university community have taken a Mindful USC course. The overwhelming majority of participants report significant improvements in terms of addressing stress and anxiety, and in developing more meaningful interpersonal relationships.

This semester, we are pleased to offer two sessions of Mindful USC courses, including courses on Mindfulness, Mindful Writing, Mindfulness Skills for Daily Living, and Mindful Self-Compassion. The first session starts on January 23rd and the second session will begin after spring break. We now also offer online mindfulness courses for our distance learning community.

If you are interested in taking a free mindfulness course on campus, please visit the Mindful USC website as enrollment is open now:

If the courses are full, please sign up for the Mindful USC newsletter and you will be notified when the second session of the semester begins.

Our university community is an inspiring place to teach and learn, but amidst the constant whirlwind of activity and information, it can be challenging to feel fully present in our lives and in our work. Mindfulness practices help us to be aware of ourselves in ways that increase attentiveness in the classroom, deepen the quality of teaching and learning, encourage creativity and innovation, and improve our ability to collaborate effectively. Over the last several years, Mindful USC has become a national model for mindfulness in higher education, and we are so grateful that so many members of our university community have availed themselves of this important campus resource.

For more information about Mindful USC, please contact us at mindful@usc.edu.

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