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


Many decisions arise in our lives. We all have to make choices, some that affect us for a lifetime.

Do you love your life? If you do, it’s a sure sign you’re living by your virtues, because they are the portals to happiness, the essence of a well-lived life.

Do you realise that Cook Islanders are guardians of the gateway to Paradise?

Did you know that virtues are the keys to success in anything we do?

Islands full of treasures

Friday May 02, 2014

These islands are full of treasure – from abundant sea life to the profusion of coconuts, flowers, mangoes, taro, bananas, and breadfruit.

Faith, culture should be linked

Friday April 25, 2014

Cheekiness is, to me, one of the leading virtues of this country. From a virtues perspective, I see it as a combo of confidence, humour and humility.

I met an unforgettable woman during a virtues workshop in an Australian women’s prison. Marie swaggered into the room, parting the others like the Red Sea.

From violence to virtues

Friday April 04, 2014

The old song goes, “You always hurt the one you love.” Sometimes this applies to the little ones in our care.

Keep a ‘pace of grace’

Friday March 28, 2014

Years ago, I found myself at death’s door. I crawled out to my prayer corner one morning to ask God if I should prepare to die, and instead received guidance in the form of 10 Rules for Health.

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