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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”

Alphonse Karr

Luthar, Cicchettie, & Becker (2000); Resilience is “a dynamic process encompassing positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity.”

Alberts and colleagues (2011), study shows that it may be possible to alter your negativity bias through applied optimism.

The World Economic Forum (2020) predicts that Emotional Intelligence will become a Top Ten essential skill needed by all.

Tech Philosopher, Author and Entrepreneur, Somi Arian (2020) believes Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness are crucial skill sets for the future work place.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU AND YOUR TEAM GROW?

  1. We create engaging educational videos averaging five to ten minutes in length based on the topics of Resilience, Emotional Intelligence and Meaning.
  2. We provide additional inspiring and thought provoking texts based on scientific literature.
  3. We provide fun tasks for you to complete that compliment the points 1 and 2 and that with consistency provide increased Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, Meaning and Well-Being.
  4. We can provide course and module access for yourself and your team and additional training if required.

Emotional Intelligence in sum is a persons ability to become aware of their bodies signal that tells an individual what needs and values are or are not being met. From this an indvidual can ‘regulate’ their emotions in a healthy manner.

Resilience in sum is an individuals ability to adapt in a positive manner during adversity.

Meaning in sum can range from Daily Values with family, life and the workplace to Greater Meaning encompassing positive community change.

“Extensive studies have shown that individuals who regulate their emotions in a healthier manner and individuals who are more resilient have increased well-being, less chance of illness, are more productive, have increased creative thinking ability and are more optimistic in their daily lives.”

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AN EXAMPLE OF OUR WORK

ACTION

“See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”

Eckart Tolle

We have action in physical form, known as problem focused coping, and action in thought, known as emotion focused coping. We can choose to get up and do something and we can choose to think a certain way that benefits a given situation.

A more detailed text would follow in our course averaging 500-1,000 words.

Written by David Chorlton Positive Psychology Practitioner.

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TASK

Positive Thinking with Two Windows

Discussion

People who suffer from depressive states and/ or suffer from anxiety are found to focus on negative information. Challenges such as eating disorders are also found to be strongly linked with individuals who extensively focus on negative information.

On the other hand research has shown that when optimistic individuals experience environmental change they focus far more on positive outcomes. Research is showing that it is our perceptions of our environments that play a crucial role over our emotions that follow as opposed to the actual actions towards us.

Task

Part One:

Please close your eyes and picture two windows in front of you next to one another.

One window is a pessimistic view and the other window is an optimistic view. You are detached from both windows and you have a choice which window to view.

Part Two:

Think of the past week and challenges that you faced anything from a traffic jam, to a negative social interaction to an area where you felt you may have underperformed such as at work or in the gym.

Now look through the pessimistic window.

Ask yourself;

What emotions do I feel?

Why will this now affect my future weeks status?

How did this affect me at home later that day?

Part Three:

Think of a positive past experience such as a fun memory or holiday and embrace this memory for one minute. This will bring you back into a more positive state of mind.

Now think of the challenges from part two.

Now look through the optimistic window.

Ask yourself;

Was that event really that bad or life threatening in anyway?

What benefits can you find from those scenarios?

What went well that week – no matter how small and simple?

How can I use this weeks events to now have a positive following week?

Part Four;

Open your eyes

Evaluate both windows;

How did it feel when you looked through the pessimistic window?

How did it feel when you looked through the optimistic window?

Did you notice that you had levels of choice on how you feel when faced with events?

Thankyou.

References

Bar-Haim, Y., Lamy, D., Pergamin, L., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., & Van Ijzendoorn, M. H. (2007). Threat-related attentional bias in anxious and nonanxious individuals: a meta-analytic study. Psychological bulletin, 133(1), 1.

Dobson, K. S., & Dozois, D. J. (2004). Attentional biases in eating disorders: A meta-analytic review of Stroop performance. Clinical psychology review, 23(8), 1001-1022.

Positive Psychology Program B.V 2020.

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If you run a business, social enterprise, charity or other organisation and would like to discuss your team and staffing having access to our modules then please email David Chorlton at [email protected]

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