The power of positive psychology has been getting more attention lately. It sounds unreal, like something you’d see on the cover of a cheap, motivational novel. Turns out it’s a lot more real than you probably think.
More studies are showing results that support the sheer influence of simply thinking positively. Positive psychology has been laughed at by many critics, but it may be the answer to increasing overall wellness.
Positive psychology can increase well-being
It’s hard to believe that simply recognizing what you have to be thankful for and noticing the good things in life can somehow increase your overall health–but studies show it definitely can.
In one study conducted by the University of California, researchers discovered that an online “positive emotions skills course” helped patients with diabetes reduce their stress and their negative emotions. In previous studies, it’s also been shown that those with diabetes had a lower risk of dying and a higher chance of living well if they had more positive feelings.
Other studies have found that training yourself to think positively can decrease depression and increase your chances of living longer.
Training yourself to think positive
Obviously not everyone can just begin to think positively–it’s not that easy. It takes effort and mental training to get your thoughts to think about the upside before the downside when in a negative situation.
That’s why a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Judith T. Moskowitz, created a set of skills that help individuals train themselves towards positive psychology:
- Recognize a positive event every day.
- Notice that event and log it in a journal or tell someone about it.
- Begin a daily gratitude journal.
- List a personal strength and note how you utilized it.
- Set a realistic goal and record your progress.
- Report something minor stressing you out and list ways it could be positive.
- Notice and perform small acts of kindness daily.
- Practice mindfulness by paying attention to the moment you’re in rather than the past or future.
Every individual is told to master three out of the eight skills and to practice them at least once a day. Tapping into the power of positive psychology can only improve one’s life, which is why we need to integrate it into our daily lives.
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Seven Stars is a program that combines residential treatment with adventure therapy to create a multifaceted, effective program for adolescents, ages 13 to 18, struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder.
We embed the objectives we have for each student into daily activities and teach emotional wellness skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, academic skills, self-efficacy and prosocial behaviors. At Seven Stars, we strive to help our students develop the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.
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