MiHIA and a half a dozen regional partners hosted it’s 4th Annual Live Your Life on Purpose event inspiring attendees to focus on their well-being, bring out individual strengths, and to extend their lifespan. The event specifically centered on helping attendees with tools to make their lives balanced and meaningful, while building and developing strong relationships with oneself and their communities.

On September 16, 2019 over 80 people attended the event at Saginaw Valley State University that featured two guest speakers. The first, Donald Schuster, shared with the audience the benefits of meditation as a powerful activity in helping people navigate the many challenges of life. Currently, Schuster nationally recognized CEO of a leadership consulting business that incorporates mindfulness. One attendee shared that Schuster inspired them to view situations differently and how self-care, pausing and investing time in how we think is important in daily life.

The second speaker was Louis Alloro, M.Ed., MAPP, co-founder of The Flourishing Center’s Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program and a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-being. Mr. Alloro shared information about scientifically-informed tools and strategies to help both individuals and organizations achieve their high potential. He consults internationally on culture change initiatives and is currently working on a city-wide well-being initiative with the city of Midland, MI.

Perhaps the spirit of the event was best summed up by Mr. Alloro when he said, “How wonderful to be among like minded and hearted people choosing a shared learning opportunity! Learning is how we grow and change. We are either passive recipients or active agents. The more active agents we have doing their own work to become more mindful, to learn how to think differently (more positively and expansively) — then, that’s how we solve some of the complex social challenges our society faces. As Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” No one is exempt from doing this work, so thank you for coming to the event and future gratitude for continuing to take it on.”

This free event is hosted annually by MiHIA.