Movement: Exercise and Posture
The human body, after thousands of years of evolution, was designed to move. We are healthier when we have a regular exercise program and move through the world with good posture. In this workshop we will talk about the work of Amy Cuddy of Harvard University, Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin among others, and we will practice some gentle movement based on Tai Chi and Yoga in rhythm with the breath.
Mirth: Humor and Happiness
Seeing the world humorously is a serious coping technique in stressful situations. Research shows that people who practice a humorous coping technique are better at downregulating negative emotions and upregulating positive emotions. In this workshop we’ll talk about the work of Andrea Samson of Stanford, and Scott Weems, and we’ll do some mirthful exercises to practice a humorous view of the world.
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Merci: Gratitude Practice
A regular practice of gratitude imparts many benefits to those who are thankful. In this workshop we will talk about the research of Robert Emmons of the University of California Davis, and Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside among others shows that a regular practice of gratitude leads to greater health, wealth, and happiness. We will also do some short writing exercises in which we will affirm our gratitude to get into the practice.
Motive: Intention Setting
Setting intention helps organize your thoughts which affect how you react to the world and move into your future. It’s better to be drawn into the future, rather being driven by the past so in this workshop we will talk about strategies to practice better behaviors in the future, based on the research of B.J. Fogg of Stanford, Kelly McGonigal of Stanford, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of the University of Chicago. You will pick a healthy goal and we will set a simple way to secure that healthy future.
Mindfulness: Focus and Awareness
Sharp focus improves performance. You can’t perform at your best unless you’re completely in the moment. A regular practice of mindfulness trains the brain to be able to focus on what’s important when you need it. This workshop will focus on different ways to practice mindfulness. We’ll talk about the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts and Carol Dweck of Harvard among others. We will also practice a couple short meditations.