Do You Wish You Were More Resilient?

Here’s a great idea …

In her book, Positivity, Barbara Fredrickson says, “Positivity can do more for you than simply make you feel good. It can broaden your mind and open your heart. Your moments of heartfelt gratitude, joy, and love can transform your life for the better by building your resources and strengths.” (p. 36)

In other words …

When we focus on the positive in our lives we will be more resilient and better able to bounce back from the negative. We also become more creative and better problem solvers.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …

One of the best things you can do to increase your positivity is to focus on the good in your life. Make a list of as many of the good things in your life as you can. Spend some time thinking about and being grateful for these things.

To find out more …

about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Fredrickson’s book, Positivity.

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  • Reply Thankful February 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Dr Goddard,

    Thank you for sharing this book and your inspiring thoughts. I have listened to Positivity on CD. Barbara Frederickson documents her own and other’s careful studies which show that “positivty” does help people and organizations change and do better. She gives a personal example of how she used her methods to help her family get through their own major health trial.
    In addition she gives practical tools to help a person measure and improve their own positivity. I have found it to be very helpful and highly recommend this book.


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