A Less Traveled Road to Healing and Flourishing
Dr. Paul T. P. Wong reports an exciting grassroots mental health movement to facilitate healing and flourishing through Meaningful Living Meetup Groups. He provides a bold vision for creating a healthier and more responsible society through teaching people evidence-based principles and skills of living a meaningful and rewarding life.
Toronto, ON (PRWEB) August 12, 2011
Something unusual and significant is happening in Toronto, quietly and under the radar, but it won’t be for long, until this heart-warming story catches national attention.
Every other Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening, people from all walks of life gather at the residence of Dr. Paul T. P. Wong for regular Meaningful Living Group Meetup.
Participants come from all ethnic backgrounds and from different walks of life: Graduate students, retirees, mental health professionals, entrepreneurs, accountants, engineers, and stay-home moms.
Some members are cancer survivors and others have mental health issues. Quite a few are going through difficult life transitions. But they all come for the same purpose”” healing their inner emptiness, overcoming their personal predicaments, and living a more meaningful and rewarding life.
Dr. Paul Wong, an internationally renowned positive psychologist, starts each session with an engaging and inspiring talk on a topic related to the universal quest for meaning, such as Who am I? How can I find happiness? How can I restore the passion for living? What is the meaning of suffering and death? The topics of the lectures, outlines and exercises are all posted online (http://www.meaning.ca, and http://www.inpm.org) so that participants are prepared before the Meetup.
After the mini-lecture and power-point presentation, Dr. Lilian Wong, a play therapist and psychotherapist, leads the group discussion. Often, the discussion feels like a group therapy session, when individuals disclose their personal struggles and past hurts, or seek support and direction to confront future challenges.
But most people simply want to gain some insights, learn what scientific research has discovered about happiness, meaning and spirituality, and experience an authentic way of relating to each other.
Refreshments are served at the end of each group meeting. Then participants mingle and socialize, either one-on-one or in small groups in various rooms.
They keep on coming because they have found a less traveled road to healing and happiness. One participant says, “It feels like heaven on earth to be able to celebrate life together and help each other to grow.”
Within three months, there are already more than 70 “meaning partners” registered for http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Meaningful-Living-Group/. Requests have come from other parts of the world to start Meaningful Living Group Meetups. This grassroots mental health movement may spread across the globe.
“The mental health needs are great everywhere,” Dr. Paul Wong observed as a registered clinical psychologist. “These needs cannot be met by the medical establishment alone. We need preventive measures as well as effective psychological interventions that accentuate on the human potential for positive change and personal growth.”
Dr. Wong emphasizes the need to go beyond treating depression and anxiety with psycho-pharmaceutical drugs. “We need to teach people new attitudes and innovative skills that result in better mental health and well-being.”
As a major figure in the well-being movement and author of more than 200 publications, Wong is excited about his vision of flourishing through sharing evidence-based principles and skills of meaningful living.
“The best part of what we are doing to improve the mental health is that it is free,” said Dr. Wong, who has been giving positive psychology away free of charge for more than 20 years through Positive Living Newsletters, Forums, and Meaning Conferences.
In order to duplicate the success of the Toronto-Meaningful-Living Group in other cities in the world, Wong plans to train many group facilitators and leaders skilled in meaning-centered counseling.
“A rare opportunity for receiving this training is the INPM Summer Institute on August 19-20 at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto,” says Prof. Wong. For more information and registration details, please visit http://www.meaning.ca.
For more information and interviews, please contact Dr. Paul Wong at ptpwong(at)rogers(dot)com or call 416-587-4990.
For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2011/8/prweb8711340.htm