See the light in others and treat them as if that’s all you see.

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Your strengths light my way. ✨

The field of positive psychology has been a blessing for me, both personally and professionally.

By focusing on strengths first, I buffer myself against the  vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue often associated with the practice of psychology. And in turn, my positive approach heightens the resilience and stress hardiness in others. (Boomerang effect!)

Everywhere I go, I’m on the lookout for genius. And I don’t mean genius in the general sense. I mean strengths, assets, gifts, capabilities, multiple intelligences that are unique to each person. (Einstein’s quote below captures it perfectly.)

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For not only is strengths finding essential for illuminating the abundance in others, it is essential for harnessing the bounty in ourselves.

As each time we witness the light shining brightly in another, we see their radiance reflected back in ourselves.

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Reflection Questions

Identify 2-5 strengths that you witnessed in others today. Describe how seeing the strengths in others brought out the strengths in you.

  1. Today I discovered my brother’s ___________.  This illuminated my:
  2. Today I noticed my colleague’s  ____________.  This bolstered my:
  3. Today I uncovered my neighbour’s  __________.  This reinforced my:

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Related Post: Positive Psychology on Campus.

If you need help with finding the good in others especially the challenging people in your life click on this this link to a great article in Psychology Today.

33 thoughts on “See the light in others and treat them as if that’s all you see.

  1. Training myself, in recent times, to remember to see the lights.
    When driving in traffic sometimes, especially if it’s difficult and frustrating, I’ll catch myself.
    The thought alone brightens my mood, as a smile cracks on my face.
    I look out at all these steel boxes, each one containing a minimum of one human being, perfect even in their imperfection.
    I call aloud to the windshield with a foolish grin, “You’re not fooling me!”, I wave a finger at a hundred cars, “I can see your light!”.

    Seek peace,

    Paz

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