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~ It's a Fact ~

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that Mindful Self-Compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintaining of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.




Do you miss the joy of everyday life?

Do you experience a lot of inner dialogue, a strong inner critic and maybe even a lot of worries?

Awakening Joy is all about “what you practice grows stronger”, brain plasticity and neuroscience. 

The neuroscience researcher Rick Hanson says “positive experiences are like Teflon for the brain, and negative experiences are like Velcro”.  So in order for the positive experiences to register in the brain we need mindfulness to put a light on them, and to learn to practise focus on the pleasant moments in life, and thus new neural pathways of well-being can be built in the brain. 

That is the work we do with Awakening Joy in the corporate space.

~ It's a Fact ~

Recent studies show that only 13% of the danish workforce feel engaged and joyful at work.


87% want more and have lots more to contribute with.

Why not access that amazing resource?



"Awakening Joy - 10 steps to Happiness" is an international well-known course based on James Baraz’s teachings (which thousands have participated in since 2003) and his book by the same name.


The course is designed to evoke joy through various themes, meditations and exercises that train the mind towards more well-being and provide deeper insight.

During this workshop you will get to know some of the ten areas that can increase your overall well-being in life.

We will cultivate joy and well-being using mindfulness; thus learning to see, dwell on and enjoy the good experiences and pleasant moments when they are present. We will learn to embrace ourselves kindly in challenging situations and perhaps even learn to value our own good qualities. Gratitude will also be on the agenda, i.a. as several studies show how helpful it can be to train this "muscle" as well.

The workshop is based on "what you practice grows stronger", as well as the knowledge about the brain and plasticity that has been found in neuroscience in this regard.


Psychologist and researcher in neuroscience Rick Hanson says "that positive experiences are like Teflon for the brain, and negative experiences like velcro". Ie. in order for positive experiences to be registered in the brain, we need 1) mindfulness to notice the experiences, and 2) to dwell / concentrate our attention on the pleasant experiences, so that new neural networks of well-being are formed in the brain.

Genetically, we are wired to be on the lookout for the dangers. In this workshop, we help the brain to be on the lookout for the good moments in life, and we learn to relate kindly to ourselves so new neural networks of joy are formed in the brain. All in all, inspiration for the glass to be a little more filled ...

Duration: 1 day

~ We also offer ~

Online Training + Workshops + 1 : 1 programs


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Dorte Olivarius Koustrup is our genie on Awakening Joy, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion.


Dorte has served her clients live and online - through courses, 1:1 programs, workshops and talks in Norway, United States and in Denmark. 

Dorte holds various degrees. A Master of Science (M.Sc) from Handelshøjskolen in Aarhus, an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) from Aarhus University in Denmark and University of Massachusetts, USA, and is also an MSC (Mindful-Self-Compassion) Teacher from Center for Mindful Self-Compassion - an education founded by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.

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