Choose Well: Helpful Conversations About Well-Being
What Is Well-Being?

What Is Well-Being?

November 17, 2020

What is well-being and why do we need to talk about it?

Krishna Dholakia, the podcast’s host, and Munirah Jones, its producer, have a frank conversation about what well-being means to them. Listen as they explore different definitions of well-being and explain why CPG created this podcast.

 

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Our Changing Brains

Our Changing Brains

November 19, 2020

Change is possible, but why is it so hard? In this episode, Krishna talks to licensed clinical psychologist Jody Horstman, PhD, about neuroplasticity and what it takes to retrain our brains.

The formation of neural “superhighways” in our brains allows us to change habits and adopt new behaviors. Repetition, small steps, and even failure can help us take advantage of our brain’s neuroplasticity and adopt healthy habits in all areas of our lives.

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Building Financial Skills

Building Financial Skills

November 19, 2020

How are you feeling about your finances?

Krishna is joined by her colleague Pattie Christensen, Vice President in Education & Wellness, and Janneke Ratcliffe, former assistant director in the Office of Financial Education at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to talk about building financial skills. Among other things, they discuss the need for “rainy-day funds” and invite us to think about “savings” as something you do, not something you have.

Resources for CPG Plan Participants:

  • Plan your future by scheduling a financial discussion with a CPG Financial Education
  • Learn five key ways to make your goals more effective through our e-learning course.

Additional Resources:

View resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on how to protect your finances during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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Overcoming Caution Fatigue

Overcoming Caution Fatigue

November 19, 2020

With concerns about public health front and center, you may be having trouble focusing or getting a good night’s sleep. What IS that? It may be caution fatigue—and you may be able to do something about it.

The Rev. Barbara “Barb” Kempf, Associate for Intergenerational Ministry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, leads Krishna on a journey through the toll that public health crises take on our lives. Speaking with both knowledge and compassion, Barb explores the potential impacts of social distancing and constant vigilance on us and offers advice on how to cope.

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Building Your Ability to Weather Financial Strain

Building Your Ability to Weather Financial Strain

November 19, 2020

Who says you have to give up those expensive lattes to save for the future?

Join Krishna and CPG colleague Janet Todd, director of curriculum development for CPG’s education and wellness team, as they welcome Gerri Walsh, head of investor education at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Speaking from years of experience, Gerri offers an interesting perspective on why increasing our understanding of money matters contributes to overall well-being.

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Additional Resources:

  • View FINRA’s website to learn how they are working to protect investors and ensure the integrity of our country’s financial markets

 

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Avoiding Investment Fraud

Avoiding Investment Fraud

November 19, 2020

How to spot and protect yourself from fraudsters

Krishna and Janet continue their conversation with FINRA’s Gerri Walsh. They talk about the tactics fraudsters use to target their victims, and Gerri explains why we’re susceptible to con games. She also reminds us that staying alert and informed is our best defense.

Resources for CPG Plan Participants:

  • Learn how to protect yourself from financial fraud through our e-learning course.

Additional Resources:

  • View FINRA’s website to learn how they are working to protect investors and ensure the integrity of our country’s financial markets.
  • Research the background and experience of financial brokers, advisers, and firms with FINRA’s free online tool, BrokerCheck.

 

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Financial Literacy and Financial Fragility

Financial Literacy and Financial Fragility

November 19, 2020

Knowledge can lead to better choices—and lower our anxiety about money matters. An expert connects the dots.

Annamaria Lusardi, Professor of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business, calls personal finance a “happiness project.” Being financially secure takes a big worry off the table and puts us in a better position to achieve our dreams. Krishna, Pattie Christensen, and Annamaria talk about the benefits of increasing our understanding of saving, investing, and savvy debt management.

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Additional resources:

Learn about the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at the George Washington University School of Business.

 

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Improving the Quality of Our Lives Through Mindfulness, Part 1

Improving the Quality of Our Lives Through Mindfulness, Part 1

November 19, 2020

We hear a lot about mindfulness, but what exactly is it—and why is it a cornerstone of wellness? The experts weigh in.

Being present in the moment can increase our resilience, compassion, and ability to focus, but it means learning new techniques. Listen as Krishna explores mindfulness with Jeffrey Zahn, MD, Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Mickie Brown, registered nurse and clinical manager for education and mindfulness at the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health. They share mindfulness techniques and explain how intention, choice, and living in the moment can be game changers.

Resources for CPG Plan Participants:

  • Learn how visioning can help you create a healthier tomorrow through our e-learning course.

 

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Improving the Quality of Our Lives Through Mindfulness, Part 2

Improving the Quality of Our Lives Through Mindfulness, Part 2

November 19, 2020

Krishna and her guests talk about incorporating mindfulness into programs aimed at reducing burnout.

Did you know that mindfulness training is now incorporated in physician training and used across healthcare to alleviate stress in patients and practitioners? Burnout is a growing concern in church ministry, too. Krishna continues to explore the topic of mindfulness with Dr. Jeffrey Zahn and Mickie Brown. Zahn and Brown offer tips for practicing mindfulness throughout the day.

Resources for CPG Plan Participants:

  • Learn how visioning can help you create a healthier tomorrow through our e-learning course.

 

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Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode

November 19, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey Zahn leads a short exercise anyone can use at any time for practicing mindfulness.

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