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Welcome to 7 days to Happiness!
In this course I'll take you through 7 quick and easy, proven and portable exercises that bust your stress and boost your mood. My name is Kellie Edwards and I'm a Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher and I've been a passionate champion of happy lives for over 25 years.
Our Brain's Negativity Bias Can Change!
Our mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy. As humans, our brains tend toward a negativity bias. You might notice that the tiniest bad thing can ruin your entire day, even if everything else about that day has been wonderful. That's because our brains are a very old design, wired for survival - so we focus on the bad, quickly forgetting the good!
Thanks to exciting research, we now know that we have the ability to rewire our brains. We used to think that the way we were was fixed and unchanging, and that we were stuck with the brains we have once we reached adulthood. But we now know that our brains change as a result of experience, right up until the day we die.
Your Week of Experiments!
7 days to Happiness is a week long experiment where you get to try one power-packed stress buster and mood booster each day and by the end of the week not only will you feel better and be on your way to rewiring your brain for happiness for the rest of your life - you will also have a tool kit of 7 short and sweet easy things that you can do anywhere, anytime you want to! I've cherry-picked these exercises to give you the best that neuroscience, positive psychology and mindfulness have to offer.
Who is This Course For?
This course is designed for lovers of life, people who know they can manage their stress better and get more enjoyment out of life if they just have a few simple and reliable pointers from an expert. Now that you know that the things you do can make a difference, I hope you're ready to CHOOSE HAPPINESS and come along for the ride. You DO have a choice when it comes to your own well-being!
So go ahead and hit that enroll button, and get into the drivers seat of your happy life. See you in the course!
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|Section 1: Introduction to 7 Days to Happiness|
Welcome to 7 days to Happiness, where I'll take you through 7 quick and easy, proven and portable exercises that bust your stress and boost your mood. My name is Kellie Edwards and I'm Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher and Passionate champion of happy lives of over 25 years.
Happiness doesn't just happen. Get back in the drivers seat of your well-being! Can't wait to work with you inside the course.
Meet your instructor Kellie Edwards
Here we discuss enlightening happiness science from the field of neuroscience and positive psychology so we can understand how to get into the drivers seat and rewire our brain for greater well-being and happiness
Three simple guidelines are offered to help you get the most from your happiness experiments this week
Jessica is going to try each experiment with us, one day at a time, and get back with her stress busting and mood boosting happiness feedback!
|Section 2: Day One|
Stress can come in all shapes and sizes - what can we do to manage our stress and increase our happiness? This exercise offers a simple way to reset the nervous system and restore calm and well-being regardless of what is going on with your thoughts and emotions - powerful and backed by science
Stress Buster - Jessica's Results
Here we offer some final happiness tips to get the most out of this experiment and manage stress fast!
|Section 3: Day Two|
A great tool to soften our stress and generate a relaxation response in our physiology.
Softening the Stress - Jessica's Results
Here we offer some final happiness tips to get the most out of this experiment and manage soften and soothe stress fast!
|Section 4: Day Three|
Fake it till you Make It? - Introduction & Instructions
Fake it till you Make It? - Jessica's Results
Here we offer some final happiness tips to get the most out of this experiment and reduce cortisol by 25% in just two minutes. BONUS - your confidence will also soar. Such a powerful exercise!
|Section 5: Day Four|
Learn the powerful science behind gratitude and why it has such a significant affect on your happiness.
Learn how to do a simple daily gratitude practice (plus a bonus option) that research shows has a powerful impact on your happiness, well-being and connection to others.
Be Grateful - Jessica's Results
Here we offer some final happiness tips to get the most out of this experiment and boost your mood, happiness and well-being all in one.
|Section 6: Day Five|
Savouring - Introduction
Savouring - Instructions
Savouring - Jessica's Results
|Here we offer some final happiness tips to get the most out of this experiment and rewire your brain for happiness.
|Section 7: Day Six|
Let's Get Physical - Introduction & Instructions
Let's Get Physical - Jessica's Results
|Here we offer some final happiness tips to get the most out of this experiment and boost your mood, happiness and well-being all in one.
|Section 8: Day Seven|
Giving to Others - Introduction & Instructions
Giving to Others - some ideas to get you started
Giving to Others - Jessica's Results
|Here we offer some final happiness tips to get the most out of this experiment and take your mood, happiness and well-being to an all new level.
|Section 9: Conclusion|
It might seem strange to you that I have waited until the end of our week of experiments to raise this question - but I have done that for a reason. I wanted you to have your own lived experiential feel of happiness before I offered you a few research based answers to this question.
No discussion of happiness, however brief would be complete without reference to what we commonly refer to as its opposite: sadness, grief, anger, anxiety, jealousy, envy, greed, fear, etc
Congratulations to you - you did it, you kept your curiosity alive, experimenting with each of the exercises and hopefully had a lot of fun along the way. My hope for you is that have a few more happiness resources in your tool kit - that you know how to respond to stress so that it doesn't overtake you or undermine your well-being and that you can understand all that can be gained by deliberately choosing to boost your happiness on a daily basis and rewire your brain for greater success, health, happiness and connection to yourself and others.
So where to from here?
I encourage you to take hold of the exercises that have caught your fancy and make them part of your life - and come back to those you were unsure of and give them a go every now and again. Remember, I have cherry picked experiments that are backed by lots of research that demonstrates that they really work - so you can make them happiness habits with confidence that you are rewiring your brain for greater levels of happiness and well being for the rest of your lives.
Three quick tips on making them a habit that sticks so they are not a fad that is forgotten tomorrow - because your increased happiness is worth it.
Post Script: Happiness in Action
I am a Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher and Well-Being Coach
What makes the difference between a happy life and an unhappy life? What do happy and wholehearted people do differently to the rest? I have spent my professional and personal life exploring and testing the science of well-being and have developed several online mindfulness based well-being and parenting programs based on the results. I also take on a small number of individual clients internationally over Skype and in my home town of Melbourne, Australia.
I interview and work with many international experts including Tara Brach, Rick Hanson, Elisha Goldstein, Barbara Fredrickson and more.
I draw from Positive Psychology and the Neuroscience of Flourishing, and with my unique combination of skills and my own parenting and life experience, work passionately with people to help them open up new possibilities in their lives. I write regularly about Happiness, Mindfulness and Parenting for The Huffington Post. Everyday Mindfulness, BubHub and PsychCentral amongst others.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org