Study – You Matter REALLY Matters

Great news! We have even more proof that sharing You Matter cards matters!

As you may recall, this year we reached out to Professor Kim Daubman and her psychology students, Maddie English, Kristin Munley, and Emma Mustion at Bucknell University to study the impact of participating in the You Matter Marathon (YMM).
In the study, YMM participants were compared to a control group of adults who did not participate on several psychological measures. Both groups received a pretest before the YMM began (late October) and a posttest after the YMM ended (late November). It was predicted that YMM participants, but not control participants, would report greater happiness, social connectedness, compassion, and gratitude at posttest compared to pretest. That’s exactly what was found on the compassion measure. In addition, YMM participants who shared more cards showed a bigger increase in compassion than did those who shared fewer cards. Unexpectedly, both YMM and control participants showed an increase in happiness, social connectedness, and gratitude from pretest to posttest. This might be because the posttest occurred right after Thanksgiving. It could be that both the YMM and the control participants were affected positively by the holiday, which emphasizes time with family and friends and giving thanks.

Also, you may not be surprised to hear that YMM participants scored higher than the control group on all measures. Overall, YMM participants appear to be happier, more socially connected, compassionate, and grateful than the average person (at least the average person in our control group)!

Thanks to those of you who participated in the YMM research study! And here’s a copy of the full Report: Exploratory Study Of The You Matter Marathon
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CHERYL Rice works with high potential leaders at every level. She has been working with clients to improve individual, team and executive performance for over 20 years. Cheryl’s speaking, and coaching clients include: Pfizer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Drexel University, Campbells Soup, and the Wharton School. Cheryl has held significant positions in the healthcare, financial services and technology industries. Past corporate positions include Director of Organization Development for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, AVP of Leadership Development at ACE International, and leadership consulting roles at CIGNA, NovaCare, and SMS (now Siemens). Cheryl is especially gifted in helping women cultivate their leadership presence, develop confidence, and establish a healthy and mindful approach to work and life. She is also the author of the inspiring memoir, Where Have I Been All My Life? Additionally, her essays and commentaries have appeared in local and national publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, Cure Today, and Maria Shriver’s Blog, Architects of Change. In 2016 Cheryl founded the You Matter Marathon (no running required!), a global kindness and community building program in 59 countries. With a BA in Psychology from Monmouth University, an MS in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, Cheryl brings significant academic training to compliment her practical work experience. Additionally, Cheryl is an ICF certified coach, has a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and taught classes in organization change at local universities.
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