The Weekly Upgrade #10

Train yourself like you train your dog | Meditation | A Happiness Throwback

Happy Monday!

We’ve entered double digits! This is the 10th edition of The Weekly Upgrade, and I hope to see you around for the 100th as well.

Let’s get to it.


Something I learned

Positive reinforcement works better than punishment.

Stages Of Puppy Development - DogTime

My family got a puppy 3 weeks ago (no, that's not him in the picture, but he does look similar). On the recommendation of a fellow Twitterer (is that a thing?), I bought a book about dog training called Don’t Shoot the Dog.

I learned that research by animal trainers shows that positive reinforcement works a lot better than punishment when trying to train an animal. Funnily enough, this is true for humans as well.

Can you think of ways to positively reinforce your good behaviors instead of punishing yourself for your mistakes?


A Weekly Challenge

Meditate for 10 minutes a day for 7 days straight.

I did a short poll on Twitter last week and these were the results.

Nearly 70% of you haven’t experienced the magic of daily meditation. Let’s change that this week?

I’d recommend starting with a simple guided practice. You can use free videos on YouTube or download an app like Headspace or Calm.

Meditation has a few short-term benefits, but the real benefits turn up once you do it for months on end.

Start today?


A Book Recommendation

Start with Why - Simon Sinek

This is a popular book, and I’m sure some of you have already read it.

Simon Sinek explains his simple framework for inspirational leadership, organizations, or marketing campaigns, among a bunch of other things.

For a primer on the concept, check out this short video.


A Thought to Ponder

Are you happier than you were 3 years ago? What’s changed?


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