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Positive Strokes – A behavior change initiative

Traditional Road Safety programs have addressed road safety through education, enforcement and childhood intervention in different ways with varied levels of success. Positive Strokes is a Road Safety Campaign behavior change initiative that is based on the following premises: Majority of road users add to the chaos and indiscipline on the road Regardless of what one has learnt, new drivers will imitate existing road behavior This program is to … Continue reading Positive Strokes – A behavior change initiative

Reflection on a 2-day Positive Strokes Interaction by a NIMHANS Fellowship Student

Three students, all pursuing a Fellowship at NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences), all with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, all with a variety of interesting internship and work experiences, came by to delve in and learn about a practical application of positive psychology and how it is implemented for better outcomes in mental health.  The small group enabled engaging discussions and spurred many potential ideas for campaigns such as music at traffic signals stops to calm and encourage stopping and better signage to encourage people to take the underpass to cross the roads outside their current place of residence and study – NIMHANS.

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This is the report of Jigyasa Tandon, one of the Fellowship students:
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Contextual Learning at the TMC

The Canadian International School, Bangalore runs a program called Contextual Learning Program (CLP) for their students.  CLP encourages learning by doing and  participation.  As part of the program the 7th graders are exposed to various useful and important aspects of the city they are currently residents of – viz., Bangalore.  Many of these students are expat children and have already experienced the shock that is … Continue reading Contextual Learning at the TMC

When the young teach the young

Dhruva Jaishankar has been involved in Positive Strokes activities from the early days of this initiative, more than 4 years ago.  In fact, my kids are usually the first two people I run my ideas by, make my pitch to or present my talk to.  They have helped me behind the scenes during several past Positive Strokes activities. So, early this year when I suggested … Continue reading When the young teach the young

An interactive TMC session for NPS QuizShala students

My dear friend Dr. Shubhangi, co-founder of The Arundhati Foundation (TAF) invited Positive Strokes into a three-way collaboration with Walnut Knowledge Solutions‘ QuizShala program. QuizShala aims to engage students in meaningful pursuits and activities outside of the classroom setting.  The Arundhati Foundation focusses largely on road safety bringing home the importance of being rule-abiding and the grave consequences that not doing so can have on oneself … Continue reading An interactive TMC session for NPS QuizShala students

The Nudge Theory and Positive Strokes

This year’s Nobel prize for Economics has been awarded to Dr. Richard H. Thaler for his research into Behavioral Economics, a field that he pioneered and has come into the mainstream rather recently.  Behavioral Economics works in the area of interplay between Economics and Psychology.  It takes into account people’s social, emotional and irrational tendencies in decision making and studies the effects of these actions … Continue reading The Nudge Theory and Positive Strokes

Behavior Change and the Mind

The stated goal of the Department of Mental Health Education at NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences)  is that it prepares students, health care professionals, caregivers and the community at large to promote health in individual and group settings, and among diverse populations using culturally appropriate health education methodologies.  Its goal is to facilitate voluntary health-related behavioral and social change through the application of … Continue reading Behavior Change and the Mind


Stopping behind the pedestrian crossing or stopping behind the stop line is one of the first good behaviors we have our volunteers watch for, at the Positive Strokes activity conducted at the Traffic Management Centre (TMC). From the TMC cameras, it is one of the easiest rules to monitor.  However, in many cases, participants have pointed out that the line is nonexistent or very faint.  We have … Continue reading STOP