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.)
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.
Identify 2-5 strengths that you witnessed in others today. Describe how seeing the strengths in others brought out the strengths in you.
- Today I discovered my brother’s ___________. This illuminated my:
- Today I noticed my colleague’s ____________. This bolstered my:
- Today I uncovered my neighbour’s __________. This reinforced my:
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.
Thanks for being a bright light and finding the good in your flock Andrea. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to you too Brad!
You always know how to make my day!
I’m glad I can make someone’s day! 🙂
Wow this is such a beautiful and positive post !!
Thank you! 😊
Love this post!
Thank you! 😊
How encouraging, as well as teaching another form of love one another 🙂
It’s a beautiful thing how the blesser ends up being the blessed 🙂
I love how you wrote —> “It’s beautiful thing how the blesser ends up being the blessed.” Thank you for sharing Gail. Your reflections inspire me.
How refreshing with the blessings run both ways.
Andrea, I love finding your posts in my email.
They often are just what I need. 🙂
Thanks Bella! ♥️
Thanks for posting this. Such a nice blog.
Thank you! 😊
Perfect post for the times. Focusing on the strengths of others is a good way to express unconditional love. Thanks for the reminder.
I love how you related this post to unconditional love Jerry. I always appreciate your insights. Thanks for sharing!
I did the VIA survey, very helpful, empowering and interesting.
I love that you followed up with the VIA survey Susan. Such a valuable tool.
“As each time we witness the light shining brightly in another, we see their radiance reflected back in ourselves.”
– this is really well written, thanks for this post. 🙂
My pleasure! Thanks for the encouraging words. Very motivating. ✍️
Well written and inspiring.
Thank you! 😊
Thank you for reminding me to have patience with myself and for those who do not know any better.
My pleasure! And may your holidays be filled with love & compassion. Today & always. xo
Love this and thank you!! I always enjoy your positive encouragement and perspective. Also, I nominated you for a blog recognition award. No obligation to continue the chain but if you would like to the instructions are below. 🙂 Best wishes https://thetruthaboutmentalhealth.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/blogger-recognition-award-happy-holidays/
Thank you! ♥️
I love to see & relate to others according to their original beautiful design. It encourages me and them! Happy to find you here.
Such a beautiful way of seeing the world Lois. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to your sharing ideas. 💫
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!”.
Such a creative way of reframing the ordinary into the extraordinary! Thank you for sharing your light Paz!
Shine on! 🚦🚘
Wonderful and encouraging. I wish more would look for the positives, and strengths.. Thank you for being a beacon of light that I am sure helps so many.
“Together we rise.” 🌏
Exactly 🙂 ❤