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Sneak Peek: The Science of Health, Happiness and Productivity

by Catherine Roscoe Barr

Words are meaningless without defining their meaning in a way that holds value for you.

I hope the title of my upcoming talk on February 15, The Science of Health, Happiness and Productivity, has sparked enough interest for you to keep reading!

The words “health”, “happiness” and “productivity” are often thrown around willy-nilly, but if you really stop to think about it, aren’t they incredibly valuable factors you want present in your life?

Let me elaborate.

Science is the systematic knowledge of the physical world gained through observation and experimentation.

When you treat your life like a science experiment, you can figure out exactly what you need to make it extraordinary.

Through observation and experimentation, you can figure out exactly what serves you and what doesn’t; what fuels you and what drains you.

Using the data you gather, you can create an action plan that contains the conditions perfectly suited to your unique needs, and will produce incredible levels of health, happiness and productivity.

I define health as mental, physical and spiritual vitality.

Without the right knowledge and tools, mental stress can crush your vitality – but there are powerful strategies I’ll share to trim and transform stress to your advantage.

Movement, nutrition and sleep are critical to physical vitality, but don’t need to be complicated or time-consuming – and work best when viewed as indulgent and not deprived.

Gratitude and connection must be present for maximum spiritual vitality. Discovering what you need and having gratitude for what you have are beautiful, transformative practices.

I define happiness as a rich, diverse and acknowledged emotional spectrum that rests in a place of joy.

Research suggests that a diverse emotional ecosystem – called emodiversity – is associated with greater mental and physical health, self-awareness and resilience.

When you learn how to recognize, honour and process your emotions, you can flow through the spectrum from negative to positive emotions more easily – and not get stuck in the trenches of worry, anxiety and fear.

I define productivity as getting the most out of each moment, in both your personal and professional lives. When you bring presence and focus to every thing you do – whether it’s pause to enjoy a beautiful sunset, create an artistic masterpiece, truly listen to a friend, or secure a lucrative deal – you get the very most out of this one, precious life.

I hope that connecting with the science of health, happiness and productivity will bring more meaning and value to your life, and look forward to seeing you on February 15!

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