We have the results from the Get Happy! Study and want you to see what we have learned

Here is the preliminary study data…

  • More than 2,800 people signed up for the study
  • 1,500 people started the study
  • 800 have finished the whole study. Another follow up will be going out with hopes to garner a total of 1,200 people to fill out the final assessment.

Here are some fascinating study findings…

  1. Our study population was significantly more burned out and depressed than the general population.
  2. Depression, Happiness, Burnout, and Work/Life Balance all showed significant improvement after the intervention and in the initial post study analysis. This was likely even better than all other previous smaller studies done in only healthcare settings.
  3. Participants enjoyed the program and when asked “Would you be interested in other Bounce Back programs?” responded:
    • 75% yes
    • 18% maybe
  4.  They would recommend this exercise to a friend and it was seen as a favorable way to spend their time:
    • 92% yes
  5.  86% want to participate again next year
  6. I feel my mood has improved:
    • 70% agreed
    • 23% neutral


As you know, we set out to “go where no community has ever gone before.” Being the first to roll out a study of this kind using texting, we had a few blips in our process. All issues have now been addressed and we are confident that we will have an even better experience next time around.  We hope to do another round of the study as an option for people again within the next 6 months.

What’s Next?

Our next resiliency tool will be: Gratitude Work

Beginning in January, we will be offering presentations around the benefits of gratitude on your life. We know it’s not happiness that brings us gratitude, it’s gratitude that brings us happiness. This is powerful content. To secure a speaker, call Rachel Mendel at 763-684-7100. She will be happy to make arrangements for your next Bounce Back presentation.

Finally, we invite you to visit our Experience Resilience page, an upcoming Bounce Back Project Event. You will find that we are offering a group discount rate with you in mind. When you sign up 4 people, you get the 5th registration free.

Get Happy! Preliminary Study Data

It is not happiness that brings us gratitude, it is gratitude that brings us happiness.

Thank You!

Get Happy! Study

Thank You to each of you who completed the 14 nights of “3 Good Things!”

Your response to this first of its kind national event was overwhelming! More than 1350 people completed the study!! Way to go!!

Being the first to offer this type of experience came with a few glitches. Know that we appreciate your patience and your feedback. We learned a great deal that can be used to help us provide a better experience for you and for other communities. For example:

  • We had a couple of misspellings in our name. Thanks for recognizing that we are the Bounce Back Project!
  • Some people weren’t able to submit their responses after 11 pm. We learned this happened because the “clock” on the east coast interpreted this response as occurring after midnight (a new day).
  • We had one evening where the text message did not go out. This happened because of the number of responses we received for the study. We followed up the next day to ensure that we had a reserve for sending / receiving texts.

The Bounce Back Project team would love to have your feedback as well. Please let us know what you enjoyed and any opportunities you saw for improvement. You can reach out to us on our Contact page.

There’s More to Come on Our Get Happy! Journey…

We want everyone to continue to…

Perform Random Acts of Kindness!

We are hearing great stories in the community of people who have had their breakfast purchased at McDonald’s and groceries being purchased for others. Shout-outs have been shared for businesses and individuals who have provided excellent customer service.

We’re provided some ideas for you on our Random Acts of Kindness page, or you can download lists on our Resources page.


Keep checking out the Bounce Back website

We will continue to add more Inspirations and Resources. Look for a “What’s New” section on the home page of our web site so you can easily find our updates. We’ll also be sharing the 3 Good Things survey results with you as information becomes available.


Contact us if you’re interested in hosting a presentation or becoming a Bounce Back Partner

We’ve received requests from individuals, schools, and businesses in the community who want to be a part of this work. Our team is currently developing a structure featuring workgroups that will best meet the needs of our community. If you’re interested in supporting the Bounce Back Project’s mission of promoting health through happiness work in our communities, please contact us.


Practice 3 Good Things!

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in 3 Good Things, don’t worry. You can still participate in this activity and experience the positive health benefits.

  • Start on a Monday and each night before you sleep, write down 3 Good Things that happened to you.
  • Do this each day for 2 weeks. If you miss a day, it’s okay. Just start off with where you left off.
  • Studies have shown that completing this simple activity will increase your happiness and decrease feelings of depression for six months!


Look for new information being shared in January about Gratitude

It’s our next featured community-wide initiative!


Be watching for more details about a Resiliency Conference!

The Bounce Back Project Team are making plans for a resiliency conference later this winter. It’s going to be a time of inspiration and learning! More information to come.

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Thanks again for your continued support! We’re on our way to becoming healthier, happier communities.

Get Happy! Event

Get Happy! Event

On October 20, 2015 Dr. Bryan Sexton, an Associate Professor with the Duke University School of Medicine, shared simple strategies that can promote health through happiness with hundreds of individuals from the Buffalo and Monticello communities.

The strategies he shared were simple: practice 3 Good Things everyday for 2 weeks (it takes less than 3 minutes). Good memories slip away too quickly, while the bad ones stick like Velcro — especially when we’re tired. 3 Good Things retrains our brains so that we can remember the good things & our role in bringing them about. Studies have shown that practicing 3 Good Things is as strong as taking anti-depressants and the effects can last for six months.

Did You Miss It?

Don’t worry, we taped it! Follow this link to watch the Get Happy! Event presentation on YouTube.

Stay connected with us on social media to keep up with all the latest news.

In the Press…

“First-of-its-Kind Study in Buffalo, Monticello Promotes Health Through Happiness”

By Jessica Miles of 5 Eyewitness News

The Buffalo and Monticello communities could soon become two of the happiest in the country, and doctors are hoping that that happiness will lead to better health for those who live there. Read more…


“First-of-its-kind happiness study in Buffalo, Monticello”

By Karla Hult of KARE11 News

MONTICELLO, Minn. – Residents in Buffalo and Monticello are helping to launch a first-of-its-kind study, one that may well raise the level of happiness in those communities and beyond. Read more…