Harness the Power of Positivity

Your Guide to a Better You

We become what we think about.

Earl Nightingale
[3-min read]

Transforming with Positivity

Three years ago, I was in a cycle of negativity.

Despite my achievements, I viewed life through a lens tinted with what was going wrong, not what was going right. It was exhausting.

That’s when I stumbled upon positive psychology.

Not the “ignore all problems and smile” kind, but a realistic, powerful approach that embraces both the good and the bad.

By applying its principles, I shifted my focus.

I started recognizing my wins, however small.

I practiced gratitude.

Slowly, my perspective changed.

This wasn’t just a mood shift; it was a life transformation.

The result? I accomplished more because I believed more in my ability to succeed.

I found joy in the journey, not just the destination.

It felt like discovering a superpower that had been there all along.

The Benefits: Achievement and Fulfillment

Positive psychology, pioneered by Martin Seligman in the late 1990s, isn’t just about being happy. It’s a scientific study of what makes life most worth living.

It focuses on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life rather than just repairing the bad.

This approach can lead to:

  • Increased Well-being: By focusing on positive emotions and engaging activities, you experience a deeper sense of satisfaction.

  • Enhanced Resilience: You learn to bounce back faster from setbacks, viewing challenges as opportunities for growth.

  • Stronger Relationships: Positive psychology emphasizes the importance of nurturing meaningful connections.

  • Better Performance: Whether in work or personal pursuits, a positive mindset leads to higher creativity, productivity, and success.

  • Greater Health Benefits: It’s linked to better physical health, longer life expectancy, and reduced symptoms of depression.

Core Principles of Positive Psychology

See my Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Positive Psychology for visuals of these (and more).

  1. PERMA Model: It stands for Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. These are key elements for fulfillment.

  2. Character Strengths: Recognizing and using your personal strengths to enhance overall happiness.

  3. Growth Mindset: Embracing challenges and failures as opportunities to learn and grow.

By understanding these principles, you can apply them more effectively in your everyday life. This leads to a richer, more fulfilling experience.

Making It Work for You

Here are some practical ways to integrate positive psychology into your life:

  1. Start with Gratitude: Each morning, jot down 3 things you’re grateful for. It can be as simple as a good cup of coffee or a call with a friend.

  2. Identify Your Strengths: Use tools like the free VIA Character Strengths survey to discover your top strengths and find ways to use them daily.

  3. Set Positive Goals: Focus on what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid. Frame your goals positively.

  4. Practice Mindfulness: Spend 10 mins a day in mindful meditation or deep breathing to stay grounded and present. Try walking meditation.

  5. Build Resilient Thinking: When faced with challenges, ask yourself what you can learn and how you can grow from the experience.

  6. Maintain Positive Relationships: Nurture connections with people who uplift and support you.

Diving Deeper

The founder of the positive psychology movement, Martin Seligman, gave an excellent TED Talk on the subject.

Two great books on the topic are: Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: The Science of Happiness by Ilona Boniwell, and The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor (you may have seen his famous TED Talk).

Connecting the Dots

Positive psychology is more than a feel-good concept.

It’s a transformative tool that helps you navigate life’s complexities with a stronger, more resilient mindset.

It empowers you to turn challenges into launching pads for success and find joy in the little things that make life worth living.

So, let’s embrace this journey of positivity together.

Because when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Until next week, stay positive—and real—my friend.