happiness-mental-fortitude

Happiness & Mental Fortitude

2 SEMINARS

Unhappiness and depression are widespread in society today. The average Briton is less satisfied today than 60 years ago and depression rates are ten times higher.1,2 Closer to home, research shows nearly 20% of young people experience an episode of clinical depression by the end of secondary school.3 And the age of social media has been directly linked to a rise in depression, anxiety and cyber bullying.4

Why is this so significant? Because unhappiness in your students could very well be holding them back from excelling in their studies. A 2009 study on teaching happiness and mental fortitude to students showed that it not only lead to increases in happiness but also better learning, broader attention and more creative thinking.3 In fact, happier students are shown to be more productive, better able to manage stress and anxiety, less likely to get sick, more resilient and they go on to perform better in their future careers.5,6

In our first seminar we teach your students the science of happiness based on the work of the most prominent researchers in the field, including the ‘father’ of positive psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman. We explain what happiness really is, why it can be elusive, how feeling down sometimes is normal, scientifically proven ways to live a happier life, the effect of social media on mental health, the role of the chemical dopamine in addiction and the power of optimism and gratitude.

Our second seminar focuses more on emotional regulation and dealing with stress, anxiety and frustration. We cover how to break out of negative thought loops, what stress is and why it is a natural response, how to utilise stress to increase performance, how to elicit the body’s relaxation response when stress is too much, how to tame an overactive amygdala (the fear and anxiety inducing part of the brain), how to inoculate against pressure experienced during an exam and using the principles of stoicism to regulate response to negative situations.

SEMINAR one

Science of Happiness & Power of Positivity (45 min - 1 hour)

In this seminar your students will learn:

  • 1

    What it means to really be happy.

  • 2

    The difference between happiness and pleasure.

  • 3

    How society tries to chase happiness in the wrong way.

  • 4

    Why comparing yourself to others is not a good idea.

  • 5

    The effect of media on mental health.

  • 6

    The social nature of humans.

  • 7

    How much of their happiness is genetic and how much is under their control.

  • 8

    The three learnable traits of optimistic individuals.

  • 9

    Ten scientifically proven ways to be happier.

SEMINAR two

Mental Fortitude (45 min - 1 hour)

In this seminar your students will learn:

  • 1

    The role of stress in their lives: what happens in the body during stress and how they can use stress to their advantage.

  • 2

    What the amygdala is and why it is prone to being overactive in today’s society.

  • 3

    How engaging the prefrontal cortex neutralizes an overactive amygdala.

  • 4

    Breathing exercises to stimulate the relaxation response.

  • 5

    The importance of relaxation for the mind and the least and most effective recreational activities for relaxing.

  • 6

    The proven power of meditation in reducing anxiety, increasing concentration and feeling in control.

  • 7

    Using mindfulness to breakout of negative thought loops.

  • 8

    Using the principles of stoicism to regulate responses to stimuli.

  • 9

    The role of nutrition, exercise and sleep in emotional regulation.

These are two independent seminars that can be booked separately.

References:

1. Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Authentic Happiness. New York: Free Press, at 117

2. Ronald Inglehart et al., (2007). Development, Freedom, and Rising Happiness A Global Perspective (1981-2007).

3. Seligman, Martin & Ernst, Randal & Gillham, Jane & Reivich, Karen & Linkins, Mark. (2009). Positive Education: Positive Psychology and Classroom Interventions. Oxford Review of Education - OXFORD REV EDUC. 35. 293-311. 10.1080/03054980902934563. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1745-6924.2008.00078.x

4. The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families. Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, Council on Communications and Media. Pediatrics Apr 2011, 127 (4) 800-804; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-0054

5. Lyubomirsky, S., King, L., & Diener, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success? Psychological Bulletin, 131, 803–855

6. Bryan, T., & Bryan, J. (1991). Positive mood and math performance. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 24, 490–494.

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