Research from Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and a leading researcher in the study of positive psychology, shows that experiencing positive emotions while going through adversity is important to well-being. I’m thinking a global pandemic plus other challenges facing our nation qualifies as adversity, would you agree?
If we take Dr. Seligman’s advice, we would look for opportunities to experience positive emotions. Yes, it’s true, right now, we can’t do some of things we enjoy. However, there are still countless ways to experience positive emotions. Playing your favorite music, watching your favorite movie (again), reliving memories through photos, connecting with loved ones virtually, going for a walk, the list goes on.
Another way to create positive emotions is to embrace gratitude. There is a mounting body of research supporting the impact that gratitude has on our psychological health. Embracing gratitude is simple, but not always easy. It’s a choice — while you’re in a meeting, while you’re home-schooling the kids, while you’re stuck inside quarantining. It’s a shift in your thoughts and it turns what you have into enough.
To help you experience more positive emotions, I’ve created the 21 Day ThanksGiving Binge! It is a binge that’s good for your waistline and your emotional health and will have a ripple effect on your family, friends and co-workers.
3 ways to participate
1) Follow me on Facebook and watch for the daily focus at 6 am from November 1 – 21.
2) Subscribe to the 21 Day ThanksGiving Binge podcast (search for TeresaInspires in your favorite podcast app)
3) Get the daily challenges at your fingertips when you purchase the Journey Guide!