We’ve all been there, so weighed down by our day-to-day routines that simply meeting a friend out for dinner seems like a chore. The thought of taking a leap to cross off some of the biggest items on your bucket list seems so distant it’s laughable.
But without taking a small hop into new territory every once in a while, what’s it all for? Life is short. And it’s those moments where we break out of our routine, push ourselves past our comfort zones, and embrace life fully that make the years we have come alive.
Seeking adventure is a necessary part of well-being. Embrace the unknown. Experience the moment. And live with a passion for what each new day brings.
Rewire Your Brain for Happiness
If you often feel like negativity, frustration, and anxiety are getting the best of you—you're not alone. Blame it on evolution: our brains are hardwired to pay more attention to the negative stuff in the world than the positive.
That's why the one negative remark your boss made sticks with you (meanwhile, forgetting all the glowing comments she made), or you feel inadequate even when you get a hundred things done in a day. But recent research shows that it's possible to retrain your brain for greater happiness, calm, and confidence. Every day, we have the opportunity to build inner strengths, and there are simple exercises we can do to build new brain structures that steer us towards joy, confidence, and peace. In this track, we'll show you how.
Before you begin, we recommend getting an overview of the techniques you'll learn in this track.
Kick-Start Positive Change
If you know, deep down, that you have the potential to feel more fulfilled with your life, but you're not totally sure how to get there, this track is for you!
In Shawn Achor's international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, he explained why being happy helps to fuel our success at work and in life. But before that all happens, we need to get into a mindset where positive change is even possible.
This track, based on Achor's latest bestseller, Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, will take you through four weeks' worth of engaging activities that enable you to:
-See a broader range of ideas and solutions to the challenges you face
-Set goals oriented around what matters most to you
-Open your eyes to more opportunities that others miss
-Spread your newfound positivity to those around you
Overcome Anxiety: The Superstress Solution
When was the last time you can truly say you felt peace of mind? If you've been feeling anxious, worried, or stressed lately, and want to empower yourself with science-based strategies for coping, this track is for you!
Between the pressures of daily life, information overload, and work/family stress, our brains start to default to crisis mode even when there's no crisis—a condition we call "SuperStress." If you're experiencing this, you may feel the strain of dealing with symptoms that color every moment of your day—in other words, "anxious" has become the new normal. Whether you're simply looking for new strategies to reduce anxiety and restore balance, or you're feeling the negative effects of SuperStress in your daily life, the activities in this track will give you the tools to cope with anxiety and build resilience against future stress.
Most of all, you'll retrain your brain to access a sense of peace and calm even in your most stressed-out moments.
Ready to regain control of your life?
How Money CAN Buy Happiness
You've heard it time and time again: "Money can't buy happiness." But behavioral scientists Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton counter that money can in fact make you happier—if you spend it right.
So how can you spend your hard-earned money in a way that will bring you maximum happiness? This track brings to life the smarter spending principles outlined in Dunn and Norton's book, Happy Money, from buying experiences instead of material things, to timing your purchases just right, to investing in our relationships with others.
Not only will the activities in this track forever change the way you think about the way you spend, but at the end, you'll be able to say, with 100% confidence, that you are indeed getting the biggest happiness bang for every buck.
Ready to begin?
The Power of Positive Communication
Do you wish you could experience more positive moments with the people you interact with daily?
Research consistently shows that our social support network is the greatest predictor of our happiness. But too often, our exchanges with others are filled with complaints and critiques. What if you could show your gratitude, give praise, and celebrate success with the important people in your life—family, friends, and colleagues—in a whole new way?
The activities in this track are designed to help you improve your communication skills and deepen your relationships by savoring the positives received from those around you—and spreading positivity with others.
Conquer Your Negative Thoughts
Negative thinking has a tendency to grab us and not let go. But there's a way to fight back.
That's why I created this track. It tunes you into the radio station in your mind that's playing negative music, so you can change the lyrics. You'll learn to examine your negative thoughts for the exaggerated fears they are, so you can move them from the foreground to the background.
I'm not saying you should be happy 100% of the time. Complex emotions are part of what makes us wonderfully human.
The activities and games in this track are all grounded in science. I've seen them work over and over, creating more joyful, resilient people. Nothing is more exciting for me than to watch that happen.
I encourage you to start now.
Get Energized About Your Job
You spend most of your waking hours at work, but how much of that time do you feel energized and excited about what you're actually doing?
Whether you're feeling burned out or bored at your current job, staying engaged and productive—despite difficult colleagues and circumstances—is possible! A growing body of research shows you can develop skills and resources to increase your well-being on the job, which can help you feel more energized at work, increase your performance, buffer stress, and grow past obstacles.
And even if you're convinced your current job is totally wrong for you, this track will teach you the skills to maximize your accomplishments and connections to help you get the job you do want one day.
Ready to get started?
Fuel Your Career Success
If you're like most people, you might assume that once you're successful, you'll finally be happy. But years of research from the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, and management has shown the opposite to be true: happiness fuels success—not the other way around.
It's a scientific fact: positive brains have an advantage over brains that are negative or even neutral. When we're happy, we see more possibilities and opportunities—plus we're more creative, motivated, productive, and resilient in the face of challenges. In other words, happiness gives us a competitive edge.
Now you can harness this in your own life. These activities, inspired by my book, The Happiness Advantage, will retrain your brain to capitalize on positivity, boost your productivity and maximize your potential at work—and in every other area of your life.
Feeling stuck? Know there’s more to life or work or your relationships but not seeing it?
To create more flow in your life and unleash all the awesomeness available to you, we'll show you how to P.L.A.Y. so you can start seeing more opportunities and living fully.
P - Give yourself Permission to not be so serious! L - Let go of judgment—there’s no right or wrong! A - Acknowledge the resistance and tension. Y - Yes: Say yes to it all!
Raise Happy, Resilient Teens
Let's face it: Being a teenager today can be tough. And if you're reading this, you'll probably agree that parenting a teen is equally challenging.
But one thing's for sure: In order to ensure your teen is happy and healthy, you need to take care of yourself, too. In this track, you'll learn how to maximize your well-being while building your teen's resilience, motivation, and happiness.
For many activities, you'll have the option to choose between an exercise to promote your own happiness, an exercise to complete with your teen, or one they can do on their own (if they feel like it).
Remember, if your teen isn't on board with an activity, don't force it—do what feels natural for your unique situation. (You can always change the activity task to a solo exercise.) While you may not see a total transformation overnight, the key is to continue to provide unconditional support, model good behaviors, and praise them for their efforts.
Let's get started!
Motivation Tricks to Get Fit
We all know what we need to do to get into the shape we want to be in. The trouble is actually doing it. By now, you've heard countless times that exercise reduces stress, boosts your immunity, lifts your mood, and helps you sleep better. [H-35] But if we're all aware of the benefits, why is it so hard to stay motivated to keep up with our fitness goals?
This track isn't about giving you a weight-loss regimen, or telling you which ab workouts you should be doing. Rather, this track utilizes research in motivation, goal-setting, and positive emotions to empower you to get (and stay) fit for the long haul.
Exercise doesn't need to be a drag. You'll learn how to actually feel good about your fitness routine and enjoy the process, while setting yourself up for long-term success and follow-through. (Note: Many of the tasks in this track will mention or encourage various forms of exercise. Always consult your doctor for appropriate medical advice and care recommendations, including prior to starting a new diet or exercise program.)