Science of Long-term Well-Being

Learn what research shows makes the most important impact on the long-term well being of ourselves and our loved ones.
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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (73 ratings)
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Understand the science of long-term well-being


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Toxic stress is the strong activation of the body's stress management system in absence of protective support.  It means that the person is subconsciously worried that something bad might happen and this takes a tremendous toll on the body.  It affects everyone and makes us nervous during common events in our life.

Toxic stress:

  • derails brain development (source: 1)

  • is responsible for the majority of adult addictions, incarcerations and chronic health problems (source: 2)

  • Reduces lifespan by 20 years (34 if involved with hard drugs) (source: 3)

Don't believe those last two bullets?  Neither did we.  Until we read the hundreds of studies that reinforce these discoveries.  

This course teaches what it is and how to reduce it in ourselves and our loved ones.

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1 AAP National Conference 

2 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association 

3 Harvard Center on the Developing Child 

Who this course is for:

  • Everyone but particularly parents and those with romantic partners


Matt Larson
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
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Matt is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist.  Previously, he was the executive chairman of TapInfluence a venture-backed Social Media company. Prior to TapInfluence, he was the Founder and CEO of Confio Software. Confio was the fastest growing company in the database tools market. It was acquired in 2013 by Solarwinds (NYSE: SWI) for $103M. He also founded a financial firm whose partners included a former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and a former U.S. House Majority Leader. Previously, Mr. Larson helped found an oil and gas technology company. In the span of a year, the company grew from four employees to over two hundred employees while raising over $110 million in venture capital. In 2012, Mr. Larson was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. Mr. Larson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado where he graduated 1st in his class. He is a member of the Mensa Society.  Mr. and Mrs. Larson operate a family foundation dedicated to reducing child exploitation. They have lobbied successfully for hundreds of millions in additional federal spending dedicated to this cause. 

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