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Actively seek the positive!

on February 10, 2015

I have recently gotten off my backside and jumped straight back on my mission: to unravel the intricacies of some amazing human qualities such as resilience, gratefulness…and many more which fall under the umbrella of Positive Psychology. I have the good fortune of being able to be part of a course conducted by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, one of the leading experts on Positive emotions.

This area of study holds great interest for me both on the professional and personal level. But that’s another story for another day. Today, I would like to share something that I learnt today in class. Great news!!! Positivity can be learnt and can be increased!!

Here is a simple way to increase your positivity. Get yourself a glass jar/vase, plus a pen and paper. Everyday, write down 1 thing that was good that happened to you. This event may evoke the following emotions in order to qualify; joy, gratitude, amusement, interest, love, awe, serenity, pride, inspiration and lastly, love.  It may seem tedious but you will be amazed by the result. Just by thinking of a good thing that happened to me everyday last week was enough to bring a huge smile on my face, can you imagine a full year of goodness! Good things happen to us more often than we are aware of. The purpose of this mindfulness based exercise is to help you be more attuned to these precious moments that we often overlook. Go on, have a try, even if it is only for a month! What have you got to lose?

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