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UMaine Center on Aging

The mission of the Center On Aging is to promote and facilitate activities on aging
in the areas of education, research and evaluation, and community service.


ENCorps Webinar: Staying Positive When Things Get Tough

Wednesday, February 25, 2014, 10AM – 11AM

Please click here to view a flyer for this webinar in PDF


Janet Edmundson, President of JME Insights and partner in sPeak Performance, leads this webinar on how a positive attitude can not only help us, but be infectious to those we touch in our volunteer work – whether colleagues, constituents or the public at large.

Volunteers face many challenges. Whether you are a pessimist, optimist or somewhere in between, research demonstrates that, even with these hardships, we can learn and adopt a healthy thinking style that fosters strength, creativity and resilience. Utilizing the techniques from the positivity research, we can bring out our best and that of others.

Janet will provide practical skills to increase our positivity and decrease negativity, including ways to bring on more optimism, be effective in accomplishing our goals, and finding meaning and engagement in the volunteering we do. She will also describe ways to stop the worry, flip the negativity and obtain a new perspective on difficult people. Please join us for this webinar to reignite our passion and energy in the wonderful work we do.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe scientifically validated understandings of positive emotions and their impact on themselves individually and on their colleagues and constituents
  • Identify and apply three strategies to increase positivity as it relates to their volunteering challenges
  • Identify and apply three ways to decrease negativity as it relates to their volunteering challenges
  • Design personal action steps

TO REGISTER & GET LOGIN INFO: Patti Foden, Program Coordinator at Encore Leadership Corps, at or 207-807-4294.


Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) is a free leadership program for volunteers over 50 years of age working in the areas of healthy living, healthy environments, and healthy economy. ENCorps is a program of the University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and with the cooperation of local, state and national organizations. Initial project funding was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Aging Initiative and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Additional matching support has been provided by Jane’s Trust, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and the Davis Conservation Foundation. The Food Security Initiative is funded by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.