Shawn Achor is a positive psychology research out of Harvard. His research fuels a core piece of the curriculum for this program and the 21 days post program with the teenagers and their family.
Gratitude Exercises. Write down three things you’re grateful for that occurred over the last 24 hours. They don’t have to be profound. It could be a really good cup of coffee or the warmth of a sunny day.
The Doubler. Take one positive experience from the past 24 hours and spend two minutes writing down every detail about that experience. As you remember it, your brain labels it as meaningful and deepens the imprint.
The Fun Fifteen. Do 15 minutes of a fun cardio activity, like gardening or walking the dog, every day. The effects of daily cardio can be as effective as taking an antidepressant.
Meditation. Every day take two minutes to stop whatever you’re doing and concentrate on breathing. Even a short mindful break can result in a calmer, happier you.
Conscious act of kindness At the start of every day, send a short email or text praising someone you know. Our brains become addicted to feeling good by making others feel good. This leads in to deeper social connections.
Deepen Social Connections. Spend time with family and friends. Our social connections are one of the best predictors for success and health, and even life expectancy
The hills in front of us look 10- 20 % steeper if we think we are doing it alone versus with other people