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THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE INITIATIVE
Improving Mental Health, Optimism and Social Connectedness in Our Community

The nation's most forward-looking communities are engaged in creating positive cultures and greater social connection to enhance well-being. 

Extensive research shows a positive outlook, fueled by positive engaged brains, enhances performance, pride, and culture, improves business outcomes, helps retain our best teachers, and deepens student, family, and community relationships. 

To support public health and well-being, Isanti County is sponsoring a county-wide initiative called The Happiness Advantage. 

We invite you to join our community journey toward a happier and healthier Isanti County.

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OUR CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Prior to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders were put in place, a community needs assessment completed in 2019 by Allina and Isanti County Public Health revealed social isolation as a top concern among our residents. The assessment also highlighted mental and emotional health issues such as depression and anxiety affecting residents, including our youth. Isanti County has received federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to help address the fallout from the pandemic, including the lack of social connectedness, and is happy to announce we have invested in an evidenced-based positive psychology program for schools, organizations and our entire community.

About THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE

The Happiness Advantage is best-selling book written by Harvard researcher and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor. Achor's research shows that the happier we are, the more successful we are, and the healthier we are, both physically and mentally. His research also shows that we are happiest when doing kind things for others and that social connection is the biggest determinate of our long-term health and well-being. Best yet, happiness is contagious. 

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To make this research come to life, and help bridge that gap by making research understandable, practical, and useful in our personal and professional lives, the principles of The Happiness Advantage are translated to an easy-to-read parable called The Orange Frog, and further expanded on in The Happiness Advantage I Orange Frog Workshop where participants learn how to develop and maintain a more positive mindset. 

We invite you to join us in this fun, experiential and collaborative workshop experience. It will be the springboard for spreading happiness thought our organizations and entire community. 

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About SHAWN ACHOR

Considered one of the world's leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, Shawn Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, Big Potential, and The Orange Frog. 

His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED Talk is one of the most popular of all time with more than 24 million views, and he has lectured or worked with nearly half of the Fortune 100 companies as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon, and the White House. 

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Having spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University (and during that time winning over a dozen distinguished teaching awards), Shawn draws on his own research - including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard 

and more recently on the effects of positivity in organizations facing crisis, to show how our potential can be unleashed, and our people re-energized when we focus on pursuing happiness now, especially during times of challenge and uncertainty. 

He has now lectured in more than 50 countries speaking to CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe.