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OUR MISSION

To empower you to grow, know true belonging and improve your world.

Thrive Union Inc. is a 501c3 Not-for-profit Corporation registered in California whose sole mission is to create meaningful, mutually-supportive communities in the United States and across the Globe.

 

Thrive Union Life Inc. is for-profit Corporation registered in Deleware specializing in providing life school content through online videos and real-world classes and events.

Located in gorgeous Orange County, California

(800) 615-1707

OUR MISSION

To empower you to grow, know true belonging and improve your world.

Thrive Union Inc. is a 501c3 Not-for-profit Corporation registered in California whose sole mission is to create meaningful, mutually-supportive communities in the United States and across the Globe.

 

Thrive Union Life Inc. is for-profit Corporation registered in Deleware specializing in providing life school content through online videos and real-world classes and events.

Located in gorgeous Orange County, California

(800) 615-1707

FAQs

WHAT IS THRIVEUNION ANYWAY?

ThriveUnion is a real-world community and Life School dedicated to human well-being. Our regular events include parties, game nights, supper clubs, hikes, and thrive meetings to build deep levels of intimacy, empower us to grow, and improve our world. Our Life School provides educational videos, articles, conferences, and educational courses.

You can find us on Facebook (Facebook.com/ThriveUnion/) and our website (ThriveUnion.org). Connect with us on Meetup (search for Thrive Union) to see upcoming events and RSVP!

WHY DOES THRIVEUNION EXIST?

Our society is facing an epidemic of loneliness; many feel isolated or devoid of meaning. Accumulating as much as possible has produced wealth but not happiness. Instead of numbing ourselves through addictions or entertainment, we believe the answer lies in building profound communities where people share values, experiences, and growth. According to the nearly 80-year-old Harvard Study of Adult Development, the number one predictor of health, happiness, and longevity is the quality of our relationships. We believe in applying those findings by building intimate communities.

WHY ARE THE CLASSES ALWAYS IN-PERSON?

We’re living in a world where people have become increasingly isolated, largely due to technology. ThriveUnion’s Life School classes are purposefully in-person to encourage developing meaningful relationships and build thriving communities. In our experience, you can’t achieve the same online.

DO YOU OFFER CLASSES IN MY AREA?

Currently, locations are limited. We’re expanding but only fast enough where we can forge stable, inclusive communities. Rapid expansion would ignore the importance of this careful community development, but hopefully, we’ll soon be in a city near you.

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A RELIGION?

We’re not political or religious and we don’t promote a dogma or belief system. We welcome and support members with varying views, and insist on respect for all. We encourage inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance built from understanding.

WHY ARE YOU ALL SO HAPPY?

We’re happy because we’re friends and we get to see each other! We value each person’s intrinsic value and believe you have a place with us even if you feel the meetings aren’t for you. If we come off as friendly, it’s because we sincerely want to get to know you. We strive for fulfillment, which includes confronting life’s difficulties head on. Our Sunday meetings have community share time where people can bring up concerns, challenges, or secret battle they’re struggling with.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A THRIVESUNDAY MEETING?
  • Meet-and-greet, including light snacks
  • Short Meditation
  • Thrive lesson/discussion or activity (generally from positive psychology or TED talks)
  • Community contributors (one to two brief talks)
  • Community shares (open format to share experiences, triumphs, struggles, or petitions for help)
  • Community huddle (sharing unconditional positive regard with each other)
I’M UNCOMFORTABLE WITH A PARTICULAR ACTIVITY.
Everything is optional. If you feel uncomfortable, please tell a badge-wearing member and they’ll be happy to chat with you outside of the activity. That said, we recommend first considering the adage, “There’s no comfort in a growth zone and no growth in a comfort zone.” Some discomfort can be helpful for growth.
WHAT ARE YOUR CONTENT DESIGN PRINCIPALS?

We take content development very seriously – we see leading of others without manipulation, malintent or misinformation as our sacred responsibility. Our approach to course content development is based on five key principles. These offer us a compass to ensure we’re able to consistently provide transformational education.

1. Noble Intent
Everything we do starts by considering the best interests of people and the planet. This not only contributes to content that’s actually useful, but also makes it easier to admit errors and identify true impact.

2. Truth
We only state what we believe to be true. We avoid false, unproven, unknowable, or unverified information. We don’t do “woo-woo”; we focus on scientific research and actionable solutions.

3. Transparency
We strive for consistency between what we say and do, with no hidden agenda. We’re open with our sources, point to where research isn’t definitive, and we aren’t afraid to admit if we don’t know or if we made a mistake.

4. Open System
We search for and share the most effective content. Nothing is sacred and everything is designed with the aim of maximizing transformation. We welcome transformational content from everywhere, so long as it’s truthful and fits our values.

5. Accessibility
In all possible instances, we avoid in-group jargon that’s exclusionary. We endeavor to call things by their proper scientific, philosophical, or psychological names in a manner understandable to laymen and experts alike.

I’M NOT MAKING ANY CONNECTIONS.

It may take a bit of time. We recommend trying our group at least three times or attending our other activities. Asking someone to meet up one-on-one during the week is a great way to connect. It can also help to get involved! Ask a badge-wearing member about how you can contribute to meetings.

WHY DO YOU “PUSH” MEMBERSHIP?

Sustaining membership keeps our community active and healthy, especially as we move into a permanent location. As always, we’d rather have you here and not pay, then not have you at all, so feel free to ignore invitations to become a member. We are a non-profit; no one receives payment and all funds go back into supporting and expanding the community.

ARE YOU A CULT?

No. We are not religious or political and will not tell you what to believe or think. We are simply nice people who want to be around other nice people and pursue goodness and personal growth. Cults have beliefs outside the norm, manipulate to get commitment, promote autocratic leaders, and follow Steve Hassan’s BITE model to control Behavior, Information, Thoughts, and Emotions. Cults sadly co-opt good principles to entrap followers (for example: community, love, volunteering) which has made people very skeptical of any group that is welcoming.

SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING RUDE, OR I HATED THE LESSON. I’M OUT OF HERE!

Communities can be messy, the same as most relationships. We’re often too quick to leave healthy communities over issues that can be resolved. We recommend practicing unconditional positive regard. This means respecting others as human beings with agency and acknowledging that they’re doing their best, even when they disappoint or hurt us. ThriveUnion members are open to discussing any concerns had during or outside meetings. Communities are worth it in the long run for our health, happiness, and longevity. If you feel ThriveUnion isn’t right for you, we wish you the best and would still love to have you participate in whatever way you’re comfortable with.