Gary L. Welton

Gary L. Welton

Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College, and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. He is a recipient of a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation to investigate positive youth development.

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Cell phones while driving: Should the State House decide?

August 25, 2014 | by | Topic: The Law

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These bans are already in … More>

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Retirement: A new and different form of work

August 11, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to invest their hours and days once the structure of … More>

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The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?

July 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More … More>

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The tragedy to end all tragedies?

June 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a continuation of the fragile … More>

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Daddy, daddy, are you OK?

June 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home setting. I was being … More>

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Your trash, my spring yard work

April 28, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Law

After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The daffodils were … More>

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Forgiveness Incarnate

April 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.

Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, … More>

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Mother Nature? Nature is not our mother

March 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our lives; Mother Nature instead controls us.

G. … More>

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Mind Control

February 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays’ struggles, real and difficult though they are. Instead, I … More>

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Can you read this essay?

January 29, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or football can only answer in the negative (“… More>

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Alone Again?

January 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, “Alone again.” He was a man of strong faith, and he was not questioning the presence … More>

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Another New Year’s resolution? Sustainable exercise: Fun, productive or quick—Your choice

December 31, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story

For many years, on January 1, I resolved to practice a more active and healthy lifestyle; instead, I experienced consistent failure.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 20 to 60 minutes of continuous aerobic activity (biking, walking, jogging, dancing, … More>

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Equations of Christmas: What does “X” really mean?

December 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.

Being at our season of life, in those years between teenage children and … More>

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Transformational Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects … More>

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Teenage sex: A family affair?

October 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them … More>

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Living our lives “under God”

September 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the inclusion of these words is a … More>

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Parental knowledge: Where are my blind spots?

September 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on evidence that kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs … More>

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Intentional dementia

July 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

During Mother’s last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, “Sometimes she’d tangle one story with another and couldn’t find her way out” (In My Father’s … More>

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Essential parenting

July 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it’s hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is missing, too bad. What … More>

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My inheritance

May 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, “You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility.” My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to live her … More>

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Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus

April 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook manual and was designed to teach that “even though symbols … More>

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True Happiness

March 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Great literature causes us to think and ponder; … More>

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The Time of Giving and the Giving of Time

December 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Christ is quoted, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Therein is one of life’s toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?

We know that social modeling is a powerful teacher. If we … More>

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The Dividends of $elf-Control

December 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

Experience, an excellent teacher, has taught me many critical lessons. I learned … More>

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I’m Positive About Parenting

November 26, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Both our media and our politicians tell us that it is a terrible time to rear children. As parents, we are tempted to sing, “Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?” We understand totally when one … More>

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