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Project Covitality

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

What is the Covitality Principle?

Positive personal mindsets develop with some degree of synchronicity— one's sense of gratitude might be fostered when a teacher or friend helps them with a challenging math problem. The helpee experiences gratitude for the support, just as their self-efficacy is fostered when they recognize, “hey, I can do this!” When considering global well-being, the concept of covitality has been used for benefits that emerge from multiple competencies and strengths in the fields of biology, complex personality models, and positive psychology/education.

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