We are big on

Research

Kits have been highly influenced by the research and work of the following people.

MARTIN SELIGMAN, PENN UNIVERSITY

Martin Seligman is the founder of modern day positive psychology (the scientific study of what enables individuals and communities to flourish). He is the recognised authority on interventions that prevent depression, build strengths and wellbeing.


Some of the areas of work that relate strongly to our kits and what we seek to help our children develop are in the following areas. 


OPTIMISM: Seligman states that optimism can be a learned behaviour and should be a priority for children, in order to build resilience, prevent poor mental health and extend life. 


GRATITUDE: Seligman has highlighted that gratitude is a powerful technique to practice in order to boost long term happiness, in fact it is the key ingredient in all long term studies on people who feel happy for extended periods of their life. It is also a big component of building optimism. Seligman refers to fascinating research on these topics.He has also written numerous books and carried out his own studies in this area.

DR BARBARA FREDRICKSON, NORTH CAROLINA

Barbara Fredrickson has completed numerous studies on broadening emotions and their impact on our emotional and physical health. In particular she has focused on what joy, kindness, love and gratitude do to our mental health.

DR CAROL DWECK, STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Carol Dweck is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. Dweck has focused on mindsets, which are -the beliefs we hold about ourselves and our most basic qualities.Through her work she has highlighted the power of praising effort in children as opposed to talent. Her studies have spotlighted the power of imparting knowledge about Fixed vs Growth mindset to children - that their brains are always growing - that intelligence is not fixed.

KAREN REIVICH, PEN UNIVERSITY

Karen Reivich has studied and created the 7 habits of growing resilience in people:

  1. emotional awareness
  2. impulse control
  3. realistic optimism
  4. flexible thinking
  5. self efficacy
  6. empathy
  7. reaching out (taking risks)

Where there is joy 

there is learning. 

Where there is courage 

there is a willingness to try hard, 

make mistakes and 

grow from them.

Our Kits have been highly influenced by the research and work of the following people:

ANGELA DUCKWORTH

On Grit

HUGH MACKAY

Leading a meaningful life

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI

On flow

BRENE BROWN

On vulnerability Ted Talk

DR ILONA BONIWELL

Educating for happiness and resilience

RICHARD LOUV

Nature Deficit Disorder

DR DANIEL J. SIEGEL

The Mindsight Institute

JANE DUTTON

High Quality Connections

DR ROBERT A. EMMONS

On counting blessings vs burdens

CHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

Hygge for the soul

KAREN YOUNG

Hey Sigmund

SHELLY FAN

The mechanism linking exercise to BDNF 

Neurofantastic blog

ERIC HAGERMAN DR JOHN J. RATEY (2008)

Spark!: How exercise will improve the performance of your brain

DR KEN ROBINSON

Do schools kit creativity Ted Talk

DR SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY

On gratitude and happiness

FELICE JAKA

You are what you eat: how diet affects mental well-being

DR LEA WATERS

Strength based parenting

DR TAL BEN SHAHAR

On the Science behind happiness

DR GEORGE VAILLANT

Relationships and connections

DR MARIA SIROIS

On the Science behind resilience

DR TONI NOBLE PROSPER

A roadmap for thriving

GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST

Feeling lonely? You’re not alone. Here is why.

MATTHEW WALKER

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

DR VANESSA LAPOINTE

On the importance of boredom

GREGORY BRATMAN

Stanford News nature and mental health

MICHAEL V. BARATTA 
ROBERT R. ROZESKE 
STEVEN F. MAIER (EDS)

Understanding stress resilience Frontiers Research Topic Ebook

STANFORD MARSHMALLOW EXPERIMENT

Delayed gratification