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Are you positive?

May 11, 2011

A Great Idea…

“Positivity transforms us for the better.  This is [a] core truth about positive emotions.  By opening our hearts and minds, positive emotions allow us to discover and build new skills, new ties, new knowledge, and new ways of being.” (Barbara L. Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology at University of North Carolina, in her book, Positivity p. 24)

In Other Words…

When we dwell on the positive in our worlds, we actually become both happier and better! When we take the positive view, we become better at solving problems and motivated to do more with our lives. Positivity pays off!

How this Applies to You…

One of the best ways to be more positive is to look for the good in your life and your relationships. You might also take a walk outside, find a service project to work on, or remember something pleasant. These activities will increase your positive emotions. The more positive emotions you experience, the more creative, productive, and happy you will be. What can you do to be more positive right this minute?

To Find Out More …

For an excellent (and free!) program on improving your personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For in-depth reading, we recommend Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson or Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman.

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