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An attempt to curate, for newly arrived Ryerson students, a meaningful curriculum of events & programming that, when experienced as a whole, will lead to more a thoughtful sense of preparedness & general well-being.

The program will introduce students to and be underpinned by the concepts of Authentic Happiness and Flourishing expressed in the work of Martin Seligman, thus providing a conceptual context around which we can curate and build this curriculum.  Essentially, we will help pull together the various initiatives related to capacity-development and well-being already abundantly on offer at Ryerson, wrap this in the context of Martin Seligman’s work, and illuminate meaningful, individualized pathways and  connections through these various initiatives.

The purpose of this program is to help students feel a sense of support on campus, to better appreciate the connections between academic success and other elements of a healthy lifestyle, and, primarily, to help students develop capacities for well-being that will serve them throughout their lives.

ThriveRU Workbook

Exercises at a Glance

The exercises in the Weekly Workbook correspond with the academic school-year, and the following dates reflect Weeks 1 through 13 of each semester for 2017-2018.

Week Exercise Name
Week 1:
Sept. 5-9, 2017
Jan. 8-13, 2018
Making New Friends and Strengthening Your Connections with Old Friends
Week 2:
Sept. 10-16, 2017
Jan. 14-20, 2018
Week 3:
Sept. 17-23, 2017
Jan. 21-27, 2018
Cultivating Optimism
Week 4:
Sept. 24-30, 2017
Jan. 28-Feb. 3,'18
Living in the Present Moment
Week 5:
Oct. 1-7, 2017
Feb. 4-10, 2018
Coping Strategies
Week 6:
Oct 8-14, 2017
Feb. 11-17, 2018
Growth Mindset
Week 7:
Oct. 15-21, 2017
Feb. 18-24, 2018
Practicing Acts of Kindness and Generosity
Week 8: 
Oct. 22-28, 2017
Feb. 25-Mar. 3, '18
Increasing Flow
Week 9:
Oct. 29-Nov. 4, '17
Mar. 4-10, 2018
Learning to Forgive
Week 10:
Nov. 5-11, 2017
Mar. 11-17, 2018
Committing to Your Goals
Week 11:
Nov. 12-18, 2017
Mar. 18-24, 2018
Physical Activity and Exercise
Week 12:
Nov. 19-25, 2017
Mar. 25-31, 2018
Week 13:
Nov. 26-Dec. 2, '17
Apr. 1-7, 2018
Savouring Life's Joys (Past, Present, and Future)

Further Resources

Resilience Flash Cards

The ThriveRU Resilience Flash Cards are a resource for students, staff, or faculty to use when addressing a specific problem, situation, or area for development. 

Each card presents a situation and offers strategies to address it, including on-campus resources. Each card belongs to a part of the PERMA-V theory of cultivating happiness and well-being. The ThriveRU Resilience Cards bring you Ryerson-centred resources and tried-and-true strategies for everything from managing a busy schedule to addressing anxiety to building meaningful relationships and more. If you’re handling a particular situation yourself, or are looking for how to help someone, use the cards as a quick way to see effective strategies and connect to Ryerson resources.