lessons for living

Mindfulness and Money | April 21 @ 2 PM 

Mindfulness can play an important role in our everyday decision-making. It centers on focused attention, remaining open, and practicing acceptance. In this lesson, we will discuss the relationship between mindfulness and money behaviors. We also will explore practical strategies that can help build positive money habits that have long-term benefits for your health and wellness.

This webinar will additionally be held on Oct. 11 @ 10 AM.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Karla Belzer at kbelzer@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs. 

Explore Additional Webinars the Lessons For Living Series

Discover new ways to boost your wellness by attending one or more of the 2022 Lessons for Living webinars, presented in collaboration with the Illinois Home and Community Education Association. The following lessons are open to the public.

Cultivating Your Own Blue Zone | Feb. 17 @ 10 AM & additionally on Sept. 22 @ 10 AM
Create a plan for a lifestyle more in rhythm with community and nature. What if life was simpler? Could we enjoy balance in all dimensions? Learn what distinguishes Blue Zones of the world, and common lifestyles that contribute to health and longevity.

Five Flavors: How the Palate Changes | May 19 @ 2 PM 
How does our palate change through our lifecycle? Learn about the five senses, the process of aging, and the connection between smell and taste. What are some ways to enhance flavor using color and spices? What is behind the psychology of taste? 

Meal Kit Mayhem | Package Lesson - Request Access from your Local Extension Office
Have you considered investing in meal kits? Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of pre-measured and pre-portioned entrees delivered to your door. Are they safe? Are they nutritious? Are they right for you?

Happy Hacks for More Positivity and Improved Well-Being | March 15 @ 2 PM & additionally on Aug. 18 @ 2 PM
Our lives are bombarded with negativity, stress, and countless threats to our emotional well-being, work, and closest relationships. New research in neuroscience and positive psychology shows that when we experience happiness and positivity, it turns on all the learning centers in the brain and fuels positive outcomes in all aspects of our lives. Participants of this program will learn about the common barriers to positivity and personal well-being and find out more
about simple science-backed principles and practices, or happy hacks, to boost both positivity and productivity as well as mood and attitude. 

Finding Your Get Up and Go | July 12 @ 2 PM & additionally on Nov. 10 @ 10 AM
Most people find that there are some days when it’s hard to find the motivation to accomplish what needs to be done, even those things that are important. Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Learning what accounts for the ebb and flow of levels of motivation in life and how to respond can help individuals be more productive. This session is for those times when it just seems hard to “get going” and will help you learn how to give your enthusiasm a boost.

How to Save on Travel | June 9 @ 10 AM
Travelling across the state or around the world offers many opportunities for fun, and spending money! Join us in discussing ways to be a savvy traveler including how to manage your finances efficiently and safely while traveling.

Who are You with Money? | Package Lesson - Request Access from your Local Extension Office 
Have you ever wondered why other people make the financial decisions that they make? Do you feel like you would do it differently than them? In this lesson, explore the influences that affect people’s financial decision-making. Understand others and yourself a little better. Knowing “who you are with money” can help you communicate with significant others about financial decisions.