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The Train 2.0 Health & Wellness Scholarship

I'm excited to announce the inaugural Health & Wellness Scholarship in partnership with GrantMe.


To apply to The Train 2.0 Health & Wellness Scholarship, please write a 500-word essay on the "upside of stress" in your life.


Why did I create this scholarship?


In Kelly McGonigal's (Ph.D.) book, "The Upside of Stress", she covers how stress itself is not necessarily bad for you - but that it is how you view stress that makes it affect your health.


When reading the book, this quote stopped me in my tracks...

Researchers concluded that it wasn't stress alone that was killing people. It was the combination of stress and the belief that stress is harmful. The researchers estimated that over the eight years they conducted the study, 182,000 Americans may have died prematurely because they believed that stress was harming their health.
[...] We're talking over twenty thousand deaths a year! According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would make "believing stress is bad for you" the fiftheenth-leading cause of death in the United States.

This is something that I wish I knew when I was younger. I spent much of my teenage years & early 20's worried about all the stress I had in my life. I left a lot of my potential on the table because I was trying to live a stress-free life. However, based on my ambitions, I knew that I would have to work hard and actually experience a lot of stress. This conflict caused even more stress!


If I had known that your mindset about stress affects your health, I think I could have done more when I was younger. Or at least felt better about how hard I was working. It's my intention for this scholarship to bring attention to the mindset that could unlock more potential for young people today.


I notice that many young people today are likewise conflicted about the stress they feel in their life. This is sad because it conflicts with the research on the topic & because it means that some young people will leave potential on the table. My goal with this scholarship is to bring awareness to the upside of stress.


Of course, there's still a downside to stress. And we want to manage that. However, only looking at the downside gives a distorted view of the topic. For further information, I definitely suggest that you read the book!

How to apply:

- This is a scholarship is in partnership with GrantMe

- To apply, visit the GrantMe.ca website to get access

Best of luck applying to this scholarship. I'm looking forward to awarding this scholarship to a deserving student who show how their mindset has changed to view the upside of stress. And I'm really proud to have Train 2.0 partner with GrantMe to put this perspective in front of so many young people!


-Jason

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