If you’re new to positive psychology or thinking about how you can implement it on a practical level in your workplace, you’ve come to the right place. Unlike traditional psychology it doesn’t focus on dysfunction, what’s broken or what’s not working. Nope. By looking at what works it aims to create more of it. Positive psychology is a new, science backed paradigm that will enable your team to flourish, optimise performance and even, wait for it, feel happier at work. We show you how.
Positive psychology has turned traditional leadership metrics upside down. This new science of success examines strengths rather than weakness, celebrates failure as the path to mastery and encourages a culture of learning rather than competition. We dive into three tried and tested, evidence based kick ass positive psychology practices that will positively impact upon your leadership.
Resilience at Work Training. We’re so thrilled to be partnering with national charity to pilot a brand new course designed to develop happy, resilient teams. Combining resilience and happiness is a smart move, as research demonstrates (think Shawn Achor, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Tel Ben-Shahar & co). We know that happy, resilient teams are able to perform more effectively, recover from failure more quickly, feel more motivated and be way more productive. But why?
Your attitude to ageing – more than a passing thought?
We’re almost continuously bombarded with tips and advice about the secrets of remaining young but have you ever considered how your attitude towards ageing could impact you in other ways?
Ageing and resilience
New research from North Carolina State University (NCSU) examines the link between attitudes towards ageing and resilience. The team at NCSU were curious to know why previous research examining older adults attitudes towards ageing and resilience had shown mixed results. Lead researcher, Jennifer Bellingtier explains,
“… some studies have found that older adults are less resilient than younger adults at responding to stress; some have found that they’re more resilient; and some have found no difference … we wanted to see whether attitudes toward aging could account for this disparity in research findings. In other words, are older adults with positive attitudes about aging more resilient than older adults with negative attitudes?”
Forty three participants, aged between 60 and 96 were asked to complete a daily questionnaire regarding stress and negative emotions they’d experienced over a period of eight days. Researchers factored for how optimistic and upbeat participants generally were in order to establish whether attitudes specifically towards ageing influenced resilience. Participants were asked a series of questions at the beginning of the research to establish their attitudes towards ageing. For example, researchers asked if participants felt they were as useful now as they were when they were younger, or whether they were as happy now as when they were younger.
Bellingtier and her team found that older people with a more positive attitude towards ageing were more resilient in the face of stressful events. The older people with a more positive attitude did not show a significant increase in negative emotions on more stressful days. Participants with a more negative attitude towards ageing showed significantly increased negative emotions in relation to stressful events.
Implications of the research
The way we think about ageing has a very real impact on our ability to manage stress as we get older. Stress has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The research illustrates the importance of managing our emotions and cultivating the skills that allow us to effectively deal with stress. We’re are all able to practice and develop the techniques that enable us to enhance a feeling of calm and quickly move away from negative emotions rather than dwelling on whatever has caused us to feel that way. Why not try Positive Change Guru’s ‘how mindful are you? assessment to get started on managing your negative emotions.
We love to talk about all things positive psychology at Positive Change Guru. Check out our forthcoming events or get in touch to find out more about our suite of courses. We’ll be excited to talk to you about bespoke positive psychology training for your organisation.
Are you under attack from Mood Hoovers?
No matter how positive you are, sometimes you’re in a situation where those around you have lost their mojo and radiate negativity. Unknowingly these emotional vampires suck the positivity out of everyone around them with their doom and gloom approach to life. It can happen to any of us and we’re all entitled to an off day but on a regular basis it can be exhausting and completely drain your energy levels. If you frequently find yourself in a situation where you’re surrounded by negativity, in the office, with friends or even at home, here’s our quick survival guide to managing mood hoovers.
The powerful benefits of positive emotions
Psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson is famous for her ‘broaden and build’ theory on positive emotions. Fredrickson’s research shows that the more we focus on, and build, our repertoire of positive emotions, the broader the application of our positive emotions and their benefits become. We examine the best way to broaden and build your own positive emotions.
How emotionally intelligent are you really? You think you’ve got it covered, well, sort of? Emotional intelligence is a profile of competencies, it doesn’t boil down to you either have it or you don’t. The starting point is self awareness, the ability to recognise what you’re feeling when you are feeling it. But that’s not all there is to emotional intelligence. We investigate.
If you’ve been asking yourself recently “What is positive psychology?” or you’ve been trawling the internet seeking out You Tube or Ted Talks on positive psychology we’ve got you covered. In these fab videos from the world’s leading experts on positive psychology you’ll learn;
- a positive psychology definition
- Martin Seligman talking about flourishing
- The amazing Professor Carol Dweck talking all about Growth Mindset
- Barbara Fredrickson on the positivity ratio
- Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky discussing the science of happiness
- Rick Hanson talking about how to hardwire happiness
- Daniel Siegal on Mindsight and personal transformation
- Ed Diener cooking up a recipe for happiness
- Dan Gilbert on the surprising science of happiness
- Tal Ben Sahara leading you through his happiness 101
- And last but by no means least, one of our favourites, Matthieu Ricard on how to develop the habits of happiness
So whether you’re looking to for a positive psychology definition, or you’re interested in the history of positive psychology or maybe you want to develop positive self talk, learn authentic happiness, dabble in learned optimism or you want to develop an attitude of gratitude we’ve taken the best of positive psychology from you tube, Ted Talks, Harvard and more to get you started. Welcome to 10 Positive Psychology Videos to Inspire Change.
What is post-traumatic growth?
The effects of trauma can be hard to handle and at times, overwhelming. A comforting thought is that, whilst we are experiencing the negative effects of trauma, something more positive may also be taking place.
Trauma can lead us to question deeply held beliefs. We search for effective ways to heal and support. Psychology has begun to examine the potential for positive growth following trauma. Growth resulting from trauma is known as post-traumatic growth and in this post we’ll examine some of the leading post traumatic growth researchers, you’ll have the opportunity to watch videos on what post traumatic growth is and examine the benefits of learning from trauma.