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Phone: 919-681-7231

When you are surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.

-Howard Schultz

ACT at Duke is a community of individuals who share a common set of values. These values guide our work, like a compass pointing North.


Values are not often discussed openly, but rather occur in our own minds or with only a few trusted others. This is especially true of individuals who think of themselves as "scientists" -- it is as though there is no place for heart in clinical research. Of course, many of us found our way here (in psychology) because of heart-- a deep sense that there is something important about sharing ourselves with other people, and the belief that through science, we can improve the human condition.


Here we start a conversation about what brings a sense of purpose and meaning.  You can participate and contribute to this conversation.

ACT at Duke Sharing Wall



You can make a personal commitment, leave a favorite ACT quote, a song, an exercise, or any expression of your values that you would like to share with the ACT at Duke community. 

Danny wrote:

“I love finding personal meaning in songs and wanted to share ‘hallelujah’ by Martin Sexton.” 

An Anonymous contributor wrote:


"My favorite quote to use in my ACT work is from Gahndi. The quote is 'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.' Sometimes I feel like my years of "learning" should be done. As if life shouldn't provide new challenges and only when these problems are solved will I be able to truly live. As I work from the ACT model I find myself thinking of this quote and the power of the human spirit to persevere and continue to learn and grow - even when facing some of the most painful experiences." 

An Anonymous contributor wrote:


"I find the meaning of my life in helping others to see the meaning of their lives."

  • - Viktor Frankl

Dr. Steven C. Hayes discusses the psychological flexibility model, and finding meaning in pain.

Lisa Wrote:


One of my favorite quotes is by the Taoist philosopher, Winnie-the-Pooh. He says, “don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” This quote reminds me to take a deep breath, and live in the moment. Because truly – this moment – right now – is all that we have."  

Dr. Kelly Wilson, from his Psychology Today Blog, wrote:


Appreciating the Plain Fact of Human Sorrow

Finding richness, meaning, and purpose in sorrow.


We live in a culture that doesn't like sorrow much. The signs of it are everywhere. Commercials ask us if we feel anxious or sad and then sell us drugs if the answer is yes. The framers of the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are ready to transform bereavement into a disease.

But there's another thing we can do. We can pause. We can take some time. We can appreciate the plain fact of human sorrow. more...

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." — Ferris Bueller

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