We’ve been studying wellbeing for almost three decades.

Matt Bloom
Matt Bloom
How We Started

Our co-founder Matt Bloom, Ph.D. drew upon years of scientific research to develop Ritual's wellbeing model. Early in his career as a consultant, Matt had experienced professional burnout. His happiness had dwindled, his motivation was low, and his purpose was nowhere to be found.

Matt returned to school and earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University. He devoted himself to studying wellbeing, to finding out what human beings need in order to thrive. He became a professor at the University of Notre Dame and spent more than a decade leading the Wellbeing at Work Research Program, supported by over $10 million of academic grants.

Driven to bring wellbeing to the world, Matt gave up his tenured professorship at Notre Dame and partnered with co-founders Connor Toohill and Dante Doig-Acuna to launch Ritual.

While we often think about our wellbeing in dramatic swoops, Matt’s research showed that small steps can add up to big changes. Matt mapped out over 150 simple, evidence-based practices that can enhance our wellbeing.

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What Ritual does

We partner with experts to create
transformative wellbeing practices.

Alex Elle

Daily Gratitude with Alex Elle

In this series, New York Times best-selling author Alex Elle helps us intertwine grateful living into our busy lives. Each day, Alex guides a daily practice of slowing down, being present in our lives, and greeting the micro-moments of gratitude that are right in front of us.
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Kathleen Cahalan

Daily Prayer with Kathleen Cahalan

Leading theologian Kathleen Cahalan guides the Christian practice of Lectio Divina: a meditative conversation with God through Scripture. We publish a new session every day, considering that day’s Gospel reading.
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Matt Bloom

The Joyful Life with Matt Bloom

In this series, Ritual's Matt Bloom shares simple practices that build our capacity to connect with joy in our daily lives and to share that joy with others.
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The Poetic Path with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

In this series, award-winning poet, teacher, and author Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer shares a daily poem with us, guides us in a reflection, and prompts us to see the world in a new way. 
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Affirmation with Simone Manuel

In this series, Olympic gold medalist, Stanford graduate, and mental health advocate Simone Manuel explores how we can build our sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence in our daily lives and work.
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