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Your Roadmap to a Happier, Healthier Life

Paths to Positivity is a five-week program that helps you put the science of positive psychology into practice. The program includes three paths to happiness: connection, mindfulness and purpose.  In 2017 our community of staff and faculty will focus on connecting with others.

How Paths to Positivity Works

By registering, you’ll receive an email each week for five weeks. The program includes a pre- and post-assessment, as well as your own personal travel log to record your progress along your journey. Throughout the program you’ll: learn, explore, act and share, all with a focus on connecting with others to increase your happiness and strengthen your resiliency.

You’ll also be invited to two events that will give you the opportunity to connect with other colleagues who are participating in the program.  Join us for:

TED Talk Coffee Break
Tuesday, November 14, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m., Room 309, Library
Together, we’ll watch and discuss Dr. Robert Waldinger’s TED talk, “What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness.” RSVPs are appreciated but not required

Coffee and Connections
Wednesday, November 29, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m., 1st floor Reading Room, Library
We’ll break into small groups and each person will share the name of a book, article, quote, movie, documentary, song, meditation or other resource that inspired or created a positive highpoint for them. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

Who Can Participate?

All staff and faculty are eligible to participate, regardless of whether you have HealthPartners insurance.

How and When Can I Sign Up?


Register before November 3.  The five-week challenge kicks off November 6 and goes through December 8.

Print or save your copy of the Paths to Positivity Travel Log.  This is your personal log.  You will not need to turn it in at the end of the program.  Consider printing extra copies to involve your family or friends.

Paths to Positivity Travel Log

Earn Rewards

Complete the Post-Challenge Evaluation by Friday, December 8 to be entered in our well-being prize drawings.  Our drawing on April 30 will be a week of meals for you or your family, prepared by an in-home personal chef (Approximate value: $300-$400).

Weekly Bonus Rewards

Each week you’ll be asked to record or submit a “highpoint.”  Those who submit a highpoint will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a gift card to a local coffee shop.  We hope the winners will choose to make a connection by inviting someone to join them for a hot drink.

*Please note: The IRS requires taxation of the prize value.

Questions? Contact Kelly Fang at kfang@macalester.edu or call 651-696-6963

This program was adapted with permission from Hennepin County Public Health