30 Challenges to Enlightenment is backed by significant scientific research
When we decided to create this course, we wanted to be 100% confident that we had engineered something truly life-altering.
We sifted through hundreds of scientific research papers to incorporate the techniques and practices that have been proven to improve health, elevate mood, increase self-mastery, and accelerate transformation toward an enlightened way of being.
When you experience this course, you will learn how to harness the power of gratitude, which substantial research has repeatedly shown to improve one’s relationships1, life-satisfaction, immune system2,3, and kindness4.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
You will undertake adventures that provide you with the anti-depressive effects of exercise5, the creativity enhancements of spending time in nature6, the radical self-love that accompanies acts of kindness7, and the psychological invincibility of practicing self-authoring8.
What is self-authoring?
Self-authoring is the careful writing about troubling or uncertain events, past, present or future, and it produces a variety of wonderful benefits, physiological and psychological. We have layered self-authoring into the course with what we call “Reflection Questions,” as well as multiple writing challenges.
The benefits of self-authoring are hard to believe. Evidence suggests that self-authoring has helped thousands of students increase their academic performance by 25%. It has also been shown to improve people’s long-term psychological health9 and immune system functioning10, increase working memory, and decrease anxiety and depression-related intrusive thoughts11.
Finally, we have mindfulness and meditation woven into nearly every aspect of 30 Challenges to Enlightenment. Meditation in recent years has been one of the central interventions studied in positive psychology literature. The benefits of meditation are extensive, to say the least. Research show that meditation boosts happiness, reduces anxiety stress and anxiety, strengthens the immune system, improves decision making12, slows down neurodegeneration13, boosts creativity14, accelerates learning15, broadens attention span16 and visuospatial memory17, reduces feelings of loneliness18, increases willpower19, increases one’s pain threshold20, and heightens social intelligence, to name a few.