3 Positive Psychology Strategies for Building More Resilience

3 Positive Psychology Strategies for Building More Resilience

Positive psychology is not just about enjoying the good times; it's also about getting through the tough times…

We'd all like to feel good all the time; but this is simply not possible. Here at The Happiness Institute we're obviously keen to promote happiness and positivity as much as we can BUT we're also keen to encourage people to be realistic and that also means…facing up to cold hard realities. 

It's important, therefore, to enjoy the good times but it's also important to get through the difficult times. And not just get through as in "survive", but get through and fully "thrive"! 

With this in mind, we're pleased to share with you this great article from Harvard University that provides 3 ways to harness positive psychology to boost resilience. Read on and enjoy…

3 ways to harness positive psychology for a more resilient you

Intriguing research suggests that positive psychology can help you weather the routine ups and downs of life and also build resilience for times of greater difficulty.

Here are three ways to capture the benefits of positive psychology.

Express gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have—from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

Set aside a few minutes every day and think about five large or small things you’re grateful for. Write them down if you like. Be specific and remember what each thing means to you.

Leverage your strengths. To reap the benefits of your strengths, you first need to know what they are. Unfortunately, according to a British study, only about one-third of people have a useful understanding of their strengths. If something comes easily, you may take it for granted and not identify it as a strength. If you are not sure of your strengths, you can identify them by asking someone you respect who knows you well, by noticing what people compliment you on, and by thinking about what comes most easily to you…

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