Positive Psychology is belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives to cultivate what is best within themselves and enhance their experiences. Sounds pretty Oola right? So why talk about positive psychology? Well, because too much of life focuses on the negative and the problems. Even in psychology, we focus on a deficit based model. Negativity is everywhere; at work, home, online, television, etc.
Did you know that thinking positively has a physiological effect on your brain? Without getting into too much detail on the neuroplasticity of the brain, what you need to know is that with enough repetition messages become automatic. Of course, this works with both positive or negative thoughts. And the repetition of positive thoughts has been shown to decrease stress and depression.
So, the question then becomes -why not focus on the positives like personal strengths? Not just fixing what is broken but nurturing what is best about you. Finding your personal awesome and not comparing that to those around you. And embracing your individuality and uniqueness.
Could you imagine if Thomas Edison never followed his passion and purpose and focused on the thousands of mistakes he made along the way? All that negativity, would have held him back and we may not have the lightbulb or electricity. In Oola, this junk or negativity is called OolaBlockers. Dealing with OolaBlockers quickly and directly, both in corporate culture and life, is necessary. A negative culture breeds more negativity and decreases productivity. OolaCorporate Training can help to fix this toxic culture because we know that the more fulfilled you are personally, the more productive you will become at work.
As a culture, we think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. There is a balance. And where there are OolaBlockers, there are what we call OolaAccelerators. OolaAccelerators are the positive spin on the chaotic moments, finding the good in the bad, and learning from our mistakes.
Think about it -What are your strengths? What is your purpose? What leaves you fulfilled? Maybe it is a win at work, like meeting a deadline, or obtaining new client. Or maybe it is meeting a personal goal, like standing up for what you believe in. Sometimes these questions can be hard to answer because we get caught up in everyday life and adulthood.
Exercise: Let’s do this, put your hand over your heart for a moment and close your eyes. Think back to a time when you were a child or an easier time. Find that little girl or boy you were, what were your hopes and dreams? What made you excited? What were you good at? This exercise is so important because it focuses on your dreams. Fulfillment is that positive energy that drives us to want more. It is what pushes us to do better and be better. It’s a little taste of success that leaves us fulfilled. It is this positivity, you at your best that cultivates and enhances your experiences. This leads to balance.
Since growing people, help to grow businesses. Here are 3 very #Oola interventions to root you in a positive psychology frame of mind and help you balance and grow in both life and work.
1. Break Down Big Goals. Small victories are shown to improve mood and positivity. Those little successes matter both in work and in life.
2. Design A Perfect Day. What would it look like? Write it down. Statistics show people who write down their goals have over an 80% higher success rate of achieving them. So, first figure out your existing routine to see which areas need improvement, involve others in your plan, be flexible, get out of your comfort zone, and enjoy the day when it happens.
3. Gratitude Visit. Gratitude is a strong OolaAccelerator. A gratitude visit is a psychological exercise where a person identifies someone that has had a significant impact in their life, expresses gratitude in a letter or note, and then delivers it in person. A positive psychology study in 2005 found that the gratitude visit had the largest short-term effect on a person’s overall quality of life. In addition, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them and experience what it is like to express gratitude in a thoughtful, purposeful manner.
These interventions will help you nurture your best and make you feel good. Which in turn will help you reach your goals, overcome challenges, and utilize your strengths. In positive psychology we call this your flow, in Oola we call this your OolaLife, and in OolaCorporate Training, we call this a Successful Business that has a strong, healthy culture where productivity and success happen naturally.
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