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Tap Into Kids’ Self-Motivation

Studies show that kids who are emotion coached experience fewer negative emotions and recover more quickly when they are upset.

Kids washing the dishes in the kitchen together - helping out wiRegister for our Raise Kids’ Emotional Intelligence online class to learn what to do when children have emotional outbursts and how to tap into kids’ self-motivation to do boring but necessary tasks.

  • Learn why bribes, threats and rewards tend to backfire in the long-run — and why they undermine kids’ creativity and problem solving skills.
  • Learn strategies for tapping into kids’ self-motivation, even for boring household chores. Self-motivated kids are more successful, perceive themselves to be more competent, and are less anxiety prone.

This online class (theme Four from the Raising Happiness Homestudy) includes five video classes, online discussion groups, weekly practices, and the opportunity to receive online coaching with Dr. Christine Carter. Learn more here.

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Happiness Tip: Ground Yourself

You might know that your TV needs to be grounded electrically to get a clear picture, but did you know that your body also needs to be grounded for optimal health? There is some amazing research that suggests that not having direct contact with the earth’s surface electrons — in other words, not being grounded electrically — is associated with nervous system imbalances, immune system issues, chronic pain, endocrine disorders, sleep problems, and much more.

A few studies show a fairly dramatic improvement in health and pain levels –including things that profoundly affect our happiness, like the way our nervous system is activated and our stress hormone levels — just from sleeping on a grounded mat, or from standing barefoot on the earth. This review article in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health explains one such benefit:

Reduction in inflammation as a result of earthing [or grounding] has been documented with infrared medical imaging and with measurements of blood chemistry and white blood cell counts. The logical explanation for the anti-inflammatory effects is that grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the Earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals at sites of inflammation. Flow of electrons from the Earth to the body has been documented.

Humans used to walk barefoot in their homes’ dirt floors and sleep on the ground. Needless to say, we no longer live in a “grounded” environment: we wear rubber shoes, and often live several stories above ground.

I love free medicine, and that is what this is. Although we can purchase grounding mats for use indoors, we can also just get outside this summer: research shows that walking barefoot for 30-40 minutes works well.

Take action: Ground yourself this week by working in the garden, walking barefoot, or sleeping on an “earthing” bed sheet (or on the ground!).

Join the Discussion: Does this technique work for you? Do you feel happier and healthier after you’ve been walking around barefoot on the earth? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Friday Inspiration: Stroke of Insight

I first saw this stunning TED talk at least 5 years ago (maybe more) but I still think about it all the time! Worth a 2nd (or 3rd) watch.

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Recent Press

The New York Times Motherlode Blog
"How to Start a Year-Round Family Gratitude Ritual" ...read

The Dr. Oz Show
"Happiness Boosters" ...watch

PBS Newshour
“What Makes Us Happy?" ...watch

Fox Business News
"How to Boost Office Morale"