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Strengths Scavenger Hunt (Weekend Edition)

The Strengths Scavenger Hunt is about learning to spot character strengths in ourselves and others. Applying our character strengths does wonders for our well-being. But before we can use them, we need to get better at recognizing them. You can see the full list of strengths here: Character Strengths List.

For this exercise, we’re going to give you the whole weekend to find them all. Use our Strengths Worksheet to keep track of the strengths as you find them!

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By | June 16th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments

Gifted Kindness

Gifted Kindness is a great way to boost well being (perhaps even better than receiving kindness). For today’s exercise, plan a kindness gift of your own and make a positive contribution to the life of someone else.

There are many ways to gift kindness, and no end to how creative you can be with it. So remember to Create an Account so you can share your Gifted Kindness ideas and experiences with the community!

By | June 15th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments

Growth Mindset Phrases

Developing a growth mindset can be tricky at first, so it helps to prepare some Growth Mindset Phrases in advance. Here are two common scenarios you’ll want to prepare for:

  1. Congratulating someone
  2. Delaying inability

When you receive good news, we often default to phrases like “That’s  awesome!” or “Congratulations!”. If we want to be champions for the growth mindset cause, it’s important to remember to commend effort in situations like these. Think of a few ways you can expand on these congratulatory statements to commend the effort that went into them.

As for delaying inability, this is for those times when we feel like we “can’t” do something. “Can’t” is temporary, so we have to remember to temper it with something like a “yet”, or a “for now”. Try to brainstorm a phrase or two you can apply in your “can’t” moments, and how you can remind yourself to use a growth mindset in the moment.

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By | June 14th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating is about bringing the benefits of mindfulness into our everyday life. Take a moment when eating a meal, a snack, or even just a single bite, to practice some mindfulness. Use all your senses to experience the moment as richly as possible.

Bring all your attention to the present moment. What can you taste? How does it smell and feel? What emotions do you feel while eating it?

And, as always, be sure to Create an Account so you can share your results with the group!

By | June 12th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments

Perspective Taking

The Perspective Taking exercise is about building our capacity for compassion and empathy. When we make a mistake, we tend to explain it away as a result of our stress, or being tired. But when others make mistakes, we’re quick to make character attributions, like “what a jerk”.

For this exercise, find an example of a time in recent history when someone did something that upset or annoyed you. It could be a bad driver, someone who spoke rudely toward you, etc. Then, think of a number of reasons why that person might be a fundamentally good person who simply slipped up.

Try to imagine yourself behaving the same way. Under what circumstances (even if it would take extreme circumstances) might you end up behaving in the same way?

And, as always, be sure to Create an Account so you can share your results with the group!

By | June 10th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments