Looking for a summer project? Maybe you could build something, like a gaming table, a new PC, or a robotic buddy. While you’re at it, you can also build up your resilience with Multiply Your Happy, a month-long game from Mind Springs Health.
Resilience is kind of a mental health superpower. It the trait that allows us to manage stress and bounce back from challenges, negative events and even trauma. It doesn’t insulate us from unhappiness or suffering — it helps us get through those things without spiraling. It’s a trait we all share to varying degrees.
Resilience isn’t entirely taught — it has some biological factors which may be out of our control. But there’s lots we can do to build it up on our own. The American Psychological Association offers up 10 research-backed techniques for increasing resilience, with more details at the link:
- Make connections.
- Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems.
- Accept that change is a part of living.
- Move toward your goals.
- Take decisive actions.
- Look for opportunities for self-discovery.
- Nurture a positive view of yourself.
- Keep things in perspective.
- Maintain a hopeful outlook.
- Take care of yourself.
Multiply Your Happy takes those techniques and turns them into a month-long challenge. Every day comes with four fresh tasks, each one aimed at a different age group. You can do the adult ones if you want, learning new skills, scheduling coffee dates and practicing gratitude. Or you can take the kids’ path and draw what makes you happy, or the preschooler path and finger paint with shaving cream. No one’s judging or keeping score. This game’s just for you — and anyone else you choose to share the challenge with.
If that someone else is a pet, Mind Springs Health has you covered with the Multiple Your Yappy bonus challenge. It’s got 31 days of pet-centric techniques for building resilience, most of which will work with any furry friend. You might want to skip Day 20 if you don’t have a dog, since your hamster probably won’t do well at a dog park, but you can always double up on Day 18 and tell your pet how much they mean to you. Your four-legged friend might not need help with their resilience, but you can bet they’ll love the h*ck out of all the attention.