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Equine Therapy as a Positive Psychology Intervention?


According to Shawn Achor, the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, and the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers, 90% of happiness can be predicted not by what surrounds a person, (the environment), but rather how he/she experiences this environment.

Alchor, who has used a 21-day gratitude list intervention, in a variety of different settings, in forty-two different countries, explains that when a person’s mood is more positive, dopamine levels shoot up, and the learning centers of the brain turn on.

Now, the Harvard professor continues, the person is primed to scan the environment not for the negative, but instead, for the positive. Interestingly, dopamine — the pleasure detector in the brain — also shoots up when bonding with another person – or animal.

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