Welcome Power of Happiness students! Here are all of the resources and videos for you to practice with during the breaks!

Day One, Pillar #1: Now-How Mindset

Train your brain to look for happiness patterns.

We are so HAPPY that you have decided to make your happiness a priority. We believe that you deserve happiness, and our hope is that this course as well as these bonus resources will help you to choose happiness on a daily basis. Enjoy!

1) The Happiness Audit

happiness audit

To kick-off our deep dive into your happiness, I want you to take a moment to figure out exactly how happy you are. To do this, we recommend you take our Happiness Audit to gauge your current levels:


2) Partner in Joy

Spread some love and happiness with a friend! We would love for you to invite a Partner in Joy to take the course with you. Two is better than one, right?

Here’s our quick link to the course to send to a friend:

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3) Live Your Legend

Discover your passions, build a job and career around work you love, utilize your passions and talents to make yourself successful with Chelsea Dinsmore and the Live Your Legend Team:


Day Two, Pillar #2: Mastery

Utilize your greatest talents and skills to feel accomplished, capable and powerful.

1) Get inspired by Kid President:

2) Fall in love with your work and what you do:

3) Start a social revolution like Harvey Milk:

4) Recharge your brain with these 10 short (and awesome) videos

5) Check out the amazing cartoons by Gavin Aung Than from Zen Pencils

Day Three, Pillar #3: Play

Re-learn how to play as adults.

1) Get Down with Funky Town

Nothing gets us groovin’ more than a good music playlist. And the cool part? Researchers have actually identified the world’s happiest songs. Dr. Jacob Jolij, neuroscientist from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands created a playlist with these specific happy-making tunes after analyzing songs from across the decades.

He found that the most happy-making songs have a more upbeat tempo than other songs and further, “where the average tempo of pop songs is around 118 BPM, the list of feel good songs had an average tempo of around 140 to 150 BPM.”

Give ’em a listen here:

2) Online Games

Get your happy juices flowing with online games! Here’s a few of our favorites:

3) Unleash Your Inner Superhero

Redefine impossible with the Superhero Life with Andrea Scher.

Day Four, Pillar #4: Control

Maximize the good, minimize the bad.

1) #happinessexperiment

I want you to set-up at least one happiness experiment every month. This will encourage you to try a new activity that you think might make you happy.

I’ve been hard at work on my own happiness experiments, and I share them all over on my Instagram:





Be sure to share your personal happiness experiments with us by tagging me @Vvanedwards and #happinessexperiment so we can repost your photos. Can’t wait to see what you try!

2) Say Bye-bye to Fear

Break free from a limited lifestyle and start having real experiences that will lead to real results with help from Michelle Poler and 100 days without fear.

Day Five, Pillar #5: Wow

Capitalize on positive experiences.

1) Anticipate

Think of anticipation like pre-happiness. The happiness before the event, trip, dinner, activity you’re excited for. Need a little anticipation boost? Add one of these trips, movies, restaurants, or books to your bucket list!

2) Awe-inspiring

We’ve also put together a list of our favorite awe-worthy people, photos and websites:


  • @makhorov: His photos of cityscapes and landscapes from the tallest of heights will (literally) take your breath away
  • @emolabs A collection of photos and notes to remind us that we’re all human
  • @mistyonpointe: Follow along with the strong, graceful Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre


  • Pharrell Williams: Learn more about this musician through his fans (and freakin’ awesome infinite scroll website)
  • Deadliest Catch 360: 360 degree tour of the sailing vessels featured on the show
  • StoryTellers for Good: a team of producers and videographers who promote goodness and inspire greatness through stories


Email Newsletters (that you actually want to read):

  • NextDraft: The day’s most fascinating news
  • Now I Know: a free, daily newsletter of interesting things that you probably didn’t know before

Great Podcasts (that are ah-mazing companions for your ride or cooking or cleaning):

Day Six, Pillar #6: G-Spots

Use gratitude and giving to instantly, and permanently increase your happiness.

1) Practice Gratitude

It’s time for a Gratitude Bomb. BOOM. Tell the people you love on Twitter right now:

Hey @___ I love you and I’m grateful for you. click-to-tweet

2) Cause Champions

Here are some of our favorite and most impactful charities:

3) The Five Minute Journal

Practice gratitude each and every day….and fast!

Day Seven, Pillar #7: Sangha

Find your small community of like-minded people who help you be your best self.

1) Power of Happiness Facebook group

Join us here:


4) Courses

Want to continue on the learning train?

5) Lean In

Created by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In is a community for women focused on encouraging them to pursue their ambitions and change the conversation from what we can’t do to what we CAN do.

6) Blogger Sangha

Want to connect with other bloggers? ProBlogger is a community of bloggers to support other bloggers, founded by Darren Rowse.

Day Eight, Pillar #8: Lucky Jack

Cultivate your luck and let opportunities come to you.

1) Mindset

Do you believe that you can improve or that you have a certain set of unchanging abilities? That anyone can learn anything or that some people are just ‘born with it’? Take our Mindset Quiz to find out:

2) What are you carrying that you can let go of?

Are you holding onto something that’s holding you back? An argument with your boss from last week? A grudge against an old high school flame? Frustration caused by the person who cut you off in traffic?

Let it go.

It really is as simple as it sounds. Forget the fight. Forget the grudge. Forgive the bad driver. And move on with your life. Invest that extra time and emotional energy into something productive: go for a walk, write a letter to a friend, work on a passion project, meditate.

Let it go (let it goooooo, sorry we couldn’t help ourselves).

Day Nine, Pillar #9: Triangle Theory

Wellness comes from balance between our nutrition, sleep & movement.

1) Science of People Wellness Articles

2) 5 Foods to Never Eat

From Fitness Coach Neghar Fonooni:

  • Food that you don’t enjoy.
  • Food that makes your tummy feel yucky.
  • Food that you feel guilty about.
  • Food that you just can’t stop eating.
  • Food that isn’t really food.

3) The Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods You Should Buy Organic

From Eating Well:

  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

4) Wellness On-The-Go

  • MyFitnessPal: Free Calorie Counter, Diet + Exercise Journal
  • Headspace: A gym membership for the mind; a course of guided meditation

5) Food Babe

Join Vani Hari, the Food Babe, on her quest to find the truth about harmful ingredients and to create habits of choosing healthy food.

6) Fitness Mentor

Need a little extra help to create a fitness and nutrition routine that you can stick to? Check out John Berardi’s Precision Nutrition coaching program to be paired with a mentor today.

Day Ten, Pillar #10: Assertivism

Claim the life you love. Live to your fullest capacity.

1) The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest that Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

Book Description:

When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist – each pursuing a challenging quest.  And, interestingly, these quests aren’t just travel-oriented.  On the contrary, they’re as diverse as humanity itself.  Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment.

Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream.  These “questers” included a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world’s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish, and a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone – as well as a do-it-yourselfer tackling M.I.T.’s computer-science course, a nerd turning himself into real-life James Bond, and scores of others writing themselves into the record books.

The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness — how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives — and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice.  In The Happiness of Pursuit he draws on interviews with hundreds of questers, revealing their secret motivations, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation.

Equally fascinating is Chris’ examination of questing’s other side, including questers’ acute awareness of mortality, their struggle against monotony, and their wistful feelings once a quest has succeeded. What happens after the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the “at risk” community saved?

A book that challenges each of us to take control – to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment — The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration.  It’s a playbook for making your life count.

Get book here.

2) The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

Book Description:

After too many years of unfulfilling work, Bronnie Ware began searching for a job with heart. Despite having no formal qualifications or experience, she found herself working in palliative care.

Over the years she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying, Bronnie’s life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog about the most common regrets expressed to her by the people she had cared for. The article, also called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, gained so much momentum that it was read by more than three million people around the globe in its first year. At the requests of many, Bronnie now shares her own personal story.

Bronnie has had a colourful and diverse past, but by applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, she developed an understanding that it is possible for people, if they make the right choices, to die with peace of mind. In this book, she expresses in a heartfelt retelling how significant these regrets are and how we can positively address these issues while we still have the time.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying gives hope for a better world. It is a story told through sharing her inspiring and honest journey, which will leave you feeling kinder towards yourself and others, and more determined to live the life you are truly here to live. This delightful memoir is a courageous, life-changing book.

3) Look for the Light

Discover your superpowers on Karen Walrond’s website and blog about travel, inspiration, lifestyle and living with intention and sense of adventure. Here, she masterfully illustrates what it means to thrive.

Thank you for taking this journey with me!

To Your Happiness (always),

Vanessa + Science of People Team

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,

or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,

or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,

when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,

with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,

and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,

’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,

you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,

   hear the music before your song is over.

–Slow Dance by David L. Weatherford

About Vanessa Van Edwards

About Vanessa Van Edwards

Lead Investigator, Science of People

I'm the author of the national bestselling book Captivate, creator of People School, and behavioral investigator.

I’ve always wanted to know how people work, and that’s what Science of People is about. What drives our behavior? Why do people act the way they do? And most importantly, can you predict and change behavior to be more successful? I think the answer is yes. More about Vanessa.

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