“The healthier one is the more likely they are to explore their vast potentiality, creativity, and mastery experiences.”
WHY WE NEED A POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
“(When) our internal organization becomes faulty or poor with anxiety we perform badly.”
When our challenges are viewed from the lens of a deficit, we end up circling the drain. In- order-to stay afloat we are forced to use most of our energy to avoid getting sucked down. Exhausting!
According to positive psychology theorists, we rarely, if ever, get better by focusing on what is wrong. Instead, we need to view our limiting beliefs and life circumstances by looking through a different lens. That is, by recognizing and utilizing our gifts and strengths, becoming more self-compassionate, and manifesting courageous intention in the face of adversity.
Research on this approach is quite convincing (Thompson, 2017). In fact, not only do positive interventions lead to increased happiness and well-being they empower us to enhance our capacity for future success. We can even learn to create this success in advance! (Hypnosis).
In fact, research tells us people in positive emotional states are more likely to take on challenges and to exert power and volition in-the-midst of difficulty. (Dweck, 2005; Frederickson, 2001)
HOW MINDFULNESS & ACCEPTANCE CONTRIBUTE TO WELL-BEING
“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.”
The Buddha famously decried that all life is suffering and as a result we tend to ride the roller coaster of enjoying the “good” and agonizing over the “bad.” But what if we were to adapt a mindset that life IS. What if we could learn to become more mindful of any thought or feeling, accept it without judgment, and then let it pass peacefully?
How would your life be different if you could add 5-10% more mindful, and compassionate, acceptance to your life happening as it is?
How would your performance be different if you could let go of self-doubt and self-criticism?