The Stress Better Challenge
The Stress Better Challenge ran from September 12-18, 2022. You can still take the Stress Better course in the Ten Percent Happier app.
CHECK OUT DAY 1 OF THE STRESS BETTER COURSE BELOW
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Stress is part of evolution’s brilliance. It motivated us to run away from lions in the jungle. It’s your body’s way of trying to keep you safe.
The problem is, in today’s concrete jungle, we’re stressed out not by lions but by traffic jams, overflowing inboxes, and an insufficient number of Instagram likes. All of which our bodies treat as emergencies.
Join us at Ten Percent Happier and learn how to stress better with Professor Modupe Akinola, stress researcher at Columbia Business School, and Sebene Selassie, one of the most gifted meditation teachers in the country.
In this 7-day Challenge, you'll get short video lessons followed by guided meditations, packed with practical, actionable tools to bounce back from stress and use it to your advantage.
STRESS BETTER: COURSE OUTLINE
WITH SEBENE SELASSIE + PROF. MODUPE AKINOLA
SESSION 1: YOU CAN STRESS BETTER
Meditation: Deep Belly Breathing
SESSION 2: THE SCIENCE OF STRESS
Meditation: Sensing into Stress
SESSION 3: STRESS IS YOUR ALLY
Meditation: Making Stress Your Ally
SESSION 4: HOW TO FACE THE TOUGH STUFF
Meditation: Facing Tough Emotions
SESSION 5: GIVE YOUR INNER CRITIC A BREAK
Meditation: Self-Kindness for Stress
SESSION 6: THE ULTIMATE STRESS HACK
Meditation: Caring About Other People
SESSION 7: STRESS RESILIENCE IS A SKILL
Meditation: Stress Better
ABOUT THE EXPERTS
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Washington, D.C, Seb has been drawn to explore the intersection of different cultures. She was a self-professed "really bad dharma student," until she was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer at age 34. Then she says she became "a really good dharma student."
Selassie has now survived breast cancer three times and is a meditation teacher, writer, transformational coach, and community advocate in New York City.
Modupe Akinola, Ph.D.
Modupe Akinola is an Associate Professor of Management at Columbia Business School. Her research explores how stress affects workplace performance using a multi-method approach that includes behavioral observation, implicit and reaction time measures, and physiological responses. Additionally, she examines workforce diversity.
Professor Akinola holds a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University, as well as a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. She also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Dan Harris is a best-selling author and former co-anchor the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News.
After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan found meditation and then wrote 10% Happier, as a way to convince fellow skeptics to give the practice a shot.
Dan grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife Bianca, son Alexander, and three rescue cats in New York City.
Travel founder and show host Leiti Hsu hacked her way to making a living as a culinary connector. NYC and LA-based, she works with top chefs, beverage pros, restaurateurs and hoteliers around the world.
Leiti started Journy, a modern travel planning service, which has planned trips for 15,000 travelers since launch in 2016. She also created the food media company Word of Mouth, which began as a nonprofit radio show. WoM tells stories about life through the lens of food. Her two companies combined now reach over a million food and travel lovers.