Our Mission

Soaringwords’ mission is to inspire people to take active roles in self-healing to experience greater physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.

Soaringwords has distinguished itself through its award-winning SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing workshops and employee-engagement programs. Read more about our programs below:

Soaringwords’ interventions have been shared with more than 500,000 individuals. The SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing Model has been presented at 16 international scientific conferences and featured in leading media including ABC News, Fortune Small Business, and USA Today.
Soaringwords was founded in 2000 to inspire hospitalized children, their families, and their health care providers to take active roles in self-healing. In 2019, the nonprofit pivoted and now  provides programs which benefit adult individuals, companies, educational institutes, and health care systems through the SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing Initiative.

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SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing Model

Our goal is impact—the greatest impact possible. To that end, we’ve developed a number of powerful programs based on our SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing Model. After inspiring thousands of children to take active roles in their own healing since 2000, Soaringwords’ unique approach was codified in 2013 as a new scientific model which has been tested among hundreds of patients in the U.S. Since then, a new study expanded to assess the impact among thousands of additional patients.

In the SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing workshops, shifts in participant wellbeing are measured through surveys based on the SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing Model, which consists of seven foundational Positive Psychology principles:

SOARING Into Positive Wellbeing Model
Creating shifts in one’s mind, body, relationships, and overall wellbeing.
Choosing to look towards the good, even when times are difficult or painful, with hopeful expectation that things will be good in the future.
Building community by giving to others without expectation of return.
Bouncing forward through challenges.
Connecting to your inner self through reflection.
Sharing the power of positive storytelling.
Noticing and appreciating the good things in and around you.
Jersey City Health & Human Services Leadership Testimonials
SOARING into Strength: Silicon Valley Year-Long Initiative
SOARING into Strength: Silicon Valley Year-Long Initiative was launched in Silicon Valley in October 2020. Over the course of one year, 23 virtual workshops were shared with hundreds of participants. This is what participants had to say about the workshops.
SOARING into Strength: Jersey City Health & Human Services employee testimonials
Jersey City was the launch city for the World Economic Forum Healthy Cities Initiative. Soaringwords workshops were the mental health component. This is what Jersey City Health & Human Services Staff had to say about the workshops
Linda Ivory-Green, Director, Jersey City Division of Community Health and Wellness
My staff as health educators were able to build their capacity to engage the community on a more intimate level, more efficiently and effectively, while learning communication skills. They were better able to have self-confidence in going out and educating the community on all the various health issues Soaringwords workshops took the staff to a whole different level with self-confidence, building trust amongst themselves and within the groups.
Paul Bellan-Boyer, Director, Jersey City Division of Injury Prevention
We needed to work better as a team, to understand each other, communicate, and trust each other’s experience. We didn’t know that the Soaringwords trainings also would be a lot of fun. And we didn’t know that it was preparing us to respond to a mass shooting and that we were developing skills for a pandemic that would demand new levels of commitment, at the same time we needed new ways of working together to serve the residents of our beloved city.
Stacey Flanagan, Director, Jersey City Health and Human Services
In 2019, the city of Jersey City was selected as a pilot city for the World Economic Forum’s health cities and communities 2030 campaign. … We invited Soaringwords to be one of our partners in the effort so that we could continue to work on mental health together. Making sure that our staff really understands diversity and has a heightened level of cultural sensitivity, understanding, and competency is really at the forefront of our work around health... Read more

How Soaringwords was born

CEO & Founder Lisa Honig Buksbaum was inspired to create Soaringwords after three experiences with death and illness occurred in her family within a ten-month period. Her brother died of an asthma-induced heart attack, her father had his second bout of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and her son was ill with rheumatic fever.

While walking along the beach during the height of her son’s illness, Lisa had a calling to launch Soaringwords to inspire millions of people to take active roles in their self-healing.

Lisa’s father lived for another 19 years and her son healed from rheumatic fever, but those experiences motivated her to provide others with the resources that she had needed to get through those incredibly challenging times. Since then, Soaringwords has inspired more than 500,000 children, families, adults, seniors, and health care professionals to “Never give up!”

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