Virtues in Paradise

Linda Kavelin-Popov is co-founder of The Virtues Project and best-selling author of ‘The family virtues guide’, ‘A pace of grace’, ‘Graceful endings’ and other books on virtues. In this regular column, she explores virtues in the Cook Islands context. You can find out more about her work at or


Kia Orana from the “almost mid-most” heart of the Ocean which is Rarotonga in the Cook Islands (Aitutaki has the official title).

The 30th anniversary of The Virtues Project, founded by my husband Dan Popov, brother John Kavelin, and me is being celebrated on line this week.

There are treasures all around us here in paradise.

Leaving it deepens our gratitude for these gifts. We spent three weeks in the US awaiting renewed passports, visiting family, taking care of Virtues Project initiatives - and shopping, of course.

The 30th anniversary of the Virtues Project, which I co-founded with my husband Dan Popov and brother, John Kavelin, is being celebrated on line on June 9.

How often do you feel comfortable asking for help when you need it?

When two people marry, they make promises to one another as a commitment to their lifelong journey together. In some ceremonies, they promise to love one another “for better or for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.”

During our lifetime, we often come to a crossroads and must decide what direction to take.

I met a young woman when we were visiting family in the US.

Easter is coming, a holy season for many faiths.

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