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Finding Your Silver Lining


A Great Idea …

“The beauty of emotions is that they are highly individualized, depending more on your inner interpretations than on your outer circumstances.” (Barbara L. Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology, in her book, Positivity p. 40)

In Other Words …

We often think that we cannot help the way we feel about things. It turns out that the way we look at something has a greater impact on our emotions than the event itself. We can focus on the storm cloud or the silver lining. By finding positive things in even negative events, we can experience more of the life-building emotions, joy and peace.

How this Applies to You …

Next time a cloud threatens to block your view of the sun, look for the radiant beauty-the silver lining. What good things may come from the challenges you face? When you focus on them, you are less likely to get swamped by darkness.

To Find Out More …

For excellent (and free!) programs on improving your personal well being, check out The Personal Journey and Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For in-depth reading, we recommend Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson or Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman.

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