The following is an entry from Andria who we have been enjoying intern here with Gangplank this Fall semester:
My name is Andria Draffen, and I am a high school intern at Gangplank. I first found out about Gangplank through an internship program at my school. Dr. Beth Scott was the one who helped me figure out what I might want to try. She told me about Gangplank and about the different types of people who work here.
I came to Gangplank for my first interview and I decided to work with a bunch of different people to learn and try different things to help me find what I would want to be interested in. Since starting here, I worked with many different people and learned a lot of cool things like how to build a website, how to use a 3D printer, and learn photography (including taking the pictures below). Even though I’m still not sure what I want my career to be, I feel like I gained insight on the different possibilities of jobs and careers I can do later on.
The challenge is on! For twenty-nine days from Oct. 16 – Nov. 13, the Gangplank Health Initiative is running a challenge for the community to engage in new habits as part of the Happiness 29-Day Challenge. The challenge starts with the kickoff of the UA’s Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness.
Here’s what we challenge you to do for 29 days:
- Jot down three things you are grateful for. Research says that when you take time to give thanks and increase your optimism you can increase your productive energy by 31 percent!
- Write a positive message to someone in your social support network. When you open your inbox each day or jump on Facebook, take a minute to send a quick note of appreciation or encouragement.
- Add meditation or prayer to your daily routine. Our brains spend most of the day multi-tasking in overdrive. If you take two minutes to quiet your thoughts and breathe deep you can reduce stress, increase energy, and fall asleep faster.
- Exercise for 10 minutes. It doesn’t need to be a full-on new years resolution to join CrossFit or run a marathon. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Or ride your bike to work instead of driving.
- Take two minutes to journal the most meaningful experience of your day. Our brains often don’t know the difference between reality and visualization. So if you re-visit the peak of your day and write it down, you can double the effect of that positive experience.
You can share your happiness journey or follow someone else’s by using this hashtag: #happiness29. We also have a happiness scrum board (hung up at Gangplank) where you can post notes about your happiness challenge. Need more inspiration? Check out Shawn Achor’s TED talk.