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


Election: Walk with integrity

Friday July 18, 2014

There is one virtue for which people are crying out, especially around election time. It is bound up in hope and leads to trust – the virtue of integrity.

One of the first joys I had when floating at Ootu Beach on Aitutaki was watching beautiful island children playing after their sailing club lessons.

Ah, winter in paradise. A refreshing break from the heat both for those born here and those who have come from cooler climes.

Love is the answer

Saturday June 28, 2014

Whatever the question is, love is the answer. Why are we here? To love and to serve – to express love in the way we live, the way we worship, the work we do, the relationships we nurture. Here in paradise, the love of God, of family, and community are vibrant threads woven into the culture. 

This week, I was privileged to facilitate a two day workshop sponsored by Te Vaerua Rehabilitation Services.

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?

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