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QS Show & Tell #10 - Recap Summary

From: Mark M.
Sent on: Friday, June 21, 2013 5:19 PM
Hey Everyone!

This past Monday we had another amazing QS Meetup. Hope everyone who attended had a great time. Eugene and I are already looking forward to the next meetup on August 15th. 

Here's a quick summary of the 3 talks:

#1 - Aaron Frazin on Rejection Tracking

Aaron shared a recent experiment he performed with Rejection Therapy. The goal of Rejection Therapy is to be rejected by another person at least once a day. Aaron saw it as a way to overcome his fears by consciously exposing himself to daily uncomfortable situations. Shortly after beginning, he came to love it. He found himself looking at interactions with a new perspective - how could he be rejected by this person? Could he be bolder today than he was yesterday? He shared a few entertaining stories of successful (and failed) rejections, like when he asked a girl if she would share her headphones with him. Even though it didn't happen, he ended up talking with her for some time. Most surprisingly, he realized this experiment affected his happiness. Forcing himself into awkward situations left him feeling calm and content the rest of the day. 

Aaron asked us if we would share his slides. We said no. 

(jk... he didn't have any slides)

Learn more about Rejection Therapy (RT) here:
A few of us have joined Aaron in his RT experiment. If you are interested, join to share your daily rejection stories with the group.

#2 - Zach Albright on Omron Fitness

Zach runs Omron Fitness, a health gadget company that sells pedometers, activity monitors, and heart rate watches. He walked us through their platform and the methods they use to help consumers achieve positive behavior change.

Check out what they are doing at

#3 - Irem Mertol on Discovering Life Balance

Irem shared a 2-month experiment she performed to track how she was spending her time and to see which activities she enjoyed the most. She used 20+ tools to measure over 50 different metrics daily. These metrics were all associated with a category: Health, Relationships, Career/Education, Mood, or Recreation. At the end of the 2 months, she calculated a score for each category and a score for total life balance. She learned quite a lot from this data, and has changed a few behaviors based on her insights. Among these, she now walks to work to boost her activity levels, she signed up for an additional volunteering program because her volunteering activities were correlated with higher happiness levels, and she started prioritizing work tasks and scheduling them for the morning when she is most productive.

Take a look at her impressive data and list of tools in the attached pdf presentation (also posted to the meetup group).

See you all at the meetup!
- Mark

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