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


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?

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.

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