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How to Be—and Create—Happy Campers at Work

Our screen-obsessed, competitive society makes it harder than ever to develop happy, thriving young people. But there are tried-and-true methods that can help.

In an interview with the Happier in Hollywood podcast, Audrey Monke, author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, shares tips for developing a positive culture at camp that are just as relevant to the workplace.

Some advice?

Take a moment to say, "Good morning."

In this episode, the hosts discuss how to be—and create—happy campers at work. Audrey "Sunshine" Monke, mother of five and camp owner-director, shares nine powerful techniques—inspired by the research-based practices of summer camp—to help young people (and others) thrive.

A recognized expert, Audrey Monke distills what she's learned from thousands of interactions with campers, camp counselors, and parents, and from her research in positive psychology, to offer intentional strategies that foster the benefits of camp year-round at home or at work.

Instead of growing a generation of youth who are overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and are struggling to become adults who are independent and responsible, adults can create a culture that promotes the growth of important character traits and the social skills young people need for meaningful, successful lives.

These same methods can be used to create a positive work culture where employees grow and thrive.

Take a listen to the interview at Happier in Hollywood.

Written by Heidi Ham, NAA's Vice President of Programs and Strategy.

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