Too often in life we hesitate to offer ourselves the gifts we will treasure the most. While we are pretty good at self-criticism, we are less practiced at self-recognition, and we are even worse at rewarding ourselves. Yet, a habit of rewarding ourselves for the good things we do ALLOWS us to be more generous with others. Self-reward and giving are manifested at ClickerExpo in a culture that is warm, open, and welcoming—because everyone there has chosen to be there.
“An atmosphere of sharing and creativity that is unrivaled by any other professional conference I have been to.” - ClickerExpo Attendee
“What I learn is invaluable, as are the experiences I have with other conference-goers and the presenters. Just being in that environment felt healing and inspiring.” ClickerExpo Attendee
The only person who can put ClickerExpo on your wish list and make sure you receive that gift is you. Don’t you deserve it?
A wealth of psychology research has shown that experiences bring people more happiness than possessions do. “Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Cornell professor of psychology Thomas Gilovich, a leader in the field. “You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.” (Atlantic Monthly, October 2014, Buy Experiences Not Things)
While happiness is powerful and important, it’s not the same as, nor as powerful as, having purpose. People whose lives have purpose experience an elevated sense of well-being and resiliency—and are more likely to contribute more to society than they take. (Atlantic Monthly, January 2013, There’s More to Life than Being Happy) Many times people make choices that bring no happiness, but there is often a corresponding sense of well-being derived from transcending your own needs. Think of soldiers and their bond through a common purpose. Or, Mr. Spock’s death in Star Trek. Art imitates life.
ClickerExpo is powerful because it bundles happiness with purpose. The experience itself is imbued with all the factors that drive happiness: self-expansion, new-skill acquisition, new sights, sounds, social interactions, and learning opportunities. But the conference is also filled with purposeful activity: helping others learn, finding ways to learn from and communicate with animals, and being part of the larger purpose to “make the world a better place, one click at a time.” (Karen Pryor) In fact, empathy for, and giving to, the learner is intrinsic to excellent clicker training. I’ll let you think about why.
The net effect on attendees of experience combined with purpose is awesome.
“It lights me up on every level, intellectually and emotionally!” - ClickerExpo Attendee
“I am new to clicker training as well as this community, and WOW. I am blown away. I feel a part of something truly spectacular, and after this weekend I just want to run with the wind.” - ClickerExpo Attendee
Come to ClickerExpo for your own one, two, or three-day dose of happiness with purpose.