While we may not be able to control the circumstances that come our way, we can control how we respond to them. Learning to respond to situations rather than reacting is a key factor in managing stress.
Ford took risks not commonly taken before her time. When diagnosed with breast cancer, she saw her condition as an opportunity. When confronted by her family about misuse of prescriptive drugs and alcohol, she took action.
If you know you are susceptible to certain pitfalls like drinking, overeating, isolating yourself or ruminating, now is the time for those "prepare or risk despair' interventions that may enable you to preempt those unhealthy habits.
Barbara Fredrickson's research has revealed that positivity is the main mechanism for resilience. Hence, a main determinant of resilience is the ability to foster and amplify positive emotions when we are swimming in a sea of negativity.
When you are in recovery the world slows down and life outside that bubble ceases to exist let alone make sense. Helplessness threatens to wash over you every day and carry you out to the island of victimhood.
Being bold, while scary and challenging for many of us, is essential if we're going to live an authentic, successful and fulfilling life. Boldness is about stepping up and stepping out onto our "edge" in life
The notion of encouraging kids to push past easy doesn't bother me. Nor do I think we harm them by requiring them to do things they don't feel like doing. But I do maintain that parents should motivate their kids to stretch a little.
It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.
Striving to learn about what works, what is effective in producing the desired result is at the heart of a positive psychology. It amplifies and builds strengths rather than only focusing on explaining weaknesses.
What kind of person would you need to become, what kind of community would you need to be a part of, and what kind of process would it take to be able to experience a twenty-first century of increasing unpredictability and loss?
For eight years, the message leaders conveyed to the American people was that they should "be afraid, be very afraid." According to counterterrorism experts, this message is both inaccurate and not helpful to our overall counterterrorism efforts.