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(Re)Discovering Your Spark: Opportunities to Cultivate a More Joyful Life

Employees can enjoy online workshops, in-person events and on-demand content that can help you (re)discover your spark, from May 9 to 27.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2022) — UK Human Resources has expanded their annual Well-being Week to three weeks this year to accommodate more of our staff and faculty schedules, and focus on three elements — playfulness, connection and flow. Employees can enjoy online workshops, in-person events and on-demand content that can help you (re)discover your spark, from May 9 to 27.

Why playfulness, connection and flow?  Author Catherine Price recently detailed these three elements in her book, “The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again.” Playfulness, connection and flow create experiences that are good for our physical, emotional and social well-being. You can learn more about these elements and how to cultivate them, plus explore additional opportunities during the well-being weeks by visiting the website here.

Daily virtual and in-person events This series of events will give you the opportunity to feel more engaged, connected and focused through activities such as:

  • A virtual Spark Retreat on creating a personal plan to feel more alive
  • The return of “Relax with Rover” with dogs from the Lexington Humane Society
  • A creative writing workshop on self-exploration
  • A campus scavenger hunt

If you are unable to attend one of the in-person or online events, you can enjoy on-demand videos, blog posts and our podcast series “Becoming Wildly Resilient” which will also feature playfulness, connection and flow.

(Re)Discovering Your Spark will culminate in a family movie night screening of Disney-Pixar’s “Soul” on Friday, May 27, at the Gatton Student Center’s Worsham Theater.

“We are excited to offer more opportunities this year to explore your well-being,” said Jody Ensman, program manager of HR Health and Wellness “We recognize that these past few years have been challenging and you may have felt a little stagnant, joyless and even a little more aimless than usual. I invite you to join us if you have felt this way or would just like to find a little more joy in your days.”

Year-round well-being resources “Well-being” addresses multiple aspects of your life. UK Human Resources has an in-house team of dietitians, exercise specialists, health coaches, mental health clinicians and an elder care specialist ready to meet you wherever you are. You can learn more about the ways we can support you and your family at our website.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.