Lighten Up in 2022 — Positive Emotions & Problem Solving

“Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.”

Lighten Up in 2022

The solution to a problem is rarely found in the source of the problem. 

This is why it’s important to lighten up before tackling difficulty.

Problem Solving from a Higher Place

Positive emotions heighten our awareness and open our minds to creative, innovative solutions.

An approach I share during optimism bootcamp, a community psychology event based on a magazine article of the same name.

Optimism Bootcamp Workshop

Broaden and Build Psychology

This broaden and build approach to problem-solving is based on the research of Dr. Barbara Fredrickson. Discussed in detail in her book Positivity.

According to Dr. Fredrickson, thriving happens with a ”positivity ratio” of 3 positive emotions for every 1 negative emotion.

List of Positive Emotions Click Here

A compelling concept in positive psychology applied to work performance and advancement in a recent article by Dr. Barry Robinson in Forbes magazine.

Applying the 3-to-1 Positivity Ratio

In the video below, I share simple ways to create positive emotions (joy, awe, serenity) during pandemic adversity and opportunity.

Lighten up in 2022 with

Long Term Benefits of Positivity

“The benefits of positive emotions do not stop when the initial good feelings subside. In fact, the biggest benefits are an enhanced ability to solve problems and develop resources for life.” Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

16 thoughts on “Lighten Up in 2022 — Positive Emotions & Problem Solving

  1. Powerful presentation, Andrea. Lighten up, is a good mantra for these times. Have to add, I was curious about where you were filming in the first video. Looked tempting.

    1. Thank you VJ ❤️

      The optimism bootcamp presentation was based on one of the first articles I wrote for the drive magazine. I also did an optimism bootcamp for individuals with chronic illness, specifically crohns and IBD:



      The presentation in this January 1 post was filmed in 2019 at a store called Ocean Bottom: A local gem run by an angel named Charmaine Gills who started creating natural products in her bathroom sink as a means to cope with her own health issues. She now provides soap and products to Sobey’s across Canada!

      Wishing you a wonderful start to the week. No matter what it brings, the brightest light shines from within. ✨

        1. Yes VJ!!

          I am also practicing this surrendering technique (1 min clip of The God Box’ longer from optimism Bootcamp video) on repeat these days.. Helps keep my ego / collective ego / unconscious/ uncertainty at bay.

          Wishing you a Tuesday filled with peace and faith. In yourself especially. Let Go & Let God 💖

  2. “Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind” – so true that! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and enlightenment with us 🙏

    1. My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. So much happening in the world right now — a perpetual cycle of ups and downs. And I have found that it encourages me to go deeper into both the shadow and the light — to recapture the motivation I need — to keep motivating my students. On repeat. 🌎 ♾ 📕 🔥

      1. It is a definitely an interesting challenge. I mostly see the light. The perpetual cycle of ups and downs are part of life. We just need to learn how to deal with them. A birth certificate doesn’t come with a warranty for happiness. Thank god haha 😂 Teach on teach 😁

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