Benefits of Positive Psychology

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Benefits of Positive Psychology

June 19, 2024 | Jessie Nolasco-Sandino, LMSW | 7 min. read

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This month we’re taking a look at Positive Psychology and the benefits it creates.

According to Charles R. Snyder, a specialist in the field, “positive psychology does not suggest that we should dismiss the rest of psychology or that therapists should ignore the very real problems people face.” Instead, positive psychology works like a lens in which all other psychology can be seen through. It’s not about answering the questions about how to treat diseases or ailments, rather it seeks to answer questions about what makes life good, or worth living. Personally, it helps me inform my therapeutic practice and begin to shift my focus with my clients. What brings them Peace? What little things each day do they find joyful? What are they grateful for? By refocusing clients through this more ‘positive’ approach, we allow other psychological benefits – such as gratitude, self-compassion, health and wellness to flow through. 

Furthermore, much of positive psychology is backed by scientific study and a large amount of supportive research that shows its great success in practice, and subsequently, positive results.

Can we cultivate skills that have us arrive at Life Satisfaction? It is essential in Positive Psychology to focus on the ‘positive’ or the strengths even if we may have faults, weaknesses or problems. This does not mean it replaces the traditional Medical Model; rather it supplements and complements it with ensuring mental health professionals pair their work with a redirection towards one’s strengths instead of problems or illnesses. 

Positive psychology focuses on the positive events and influences in life, including:

  • Positive experiences such as happiness, joy, inspiration, and love
  • Positive states and traits such as gratitude, resilience, and compassion
  • Positive institutions such as applying positive principles within entire organizations and institutions

There’s plethora of benefits of Positive Psychology and the following findings support that claim: 

  • Oxytocin (i.e., love hormone) may provoke greater trust, empathy, and morality in humans, meaning that giving hugs or other shows of physical affection may give you a big boost to your overall well-being (and the wellbeing of others; Barraza & Zak, 2009);
  • Those who intentionally cultivate a positive mood to match the outward emotion they need to display (i.e., in emotional labor) benefit by more genuinely experiencing the positive mood. In other words, “putting on a happy face” won’t necessarily make you feel happier, but putting in a little bit of effort likely will (Scott & Barnes, 2011);
  • Happiness is contagious; those with happy friends and significant others are more likely to be happy in the future (Fowler & Christakis, 2008);
  • One of the benefits of practicing a positive psychological outlook is, to put it broadly, success! Not only does success make us happier, feeling happy and experiencing positive emotions actually increases our chances of success (Lyubomirsky, King, & Diener, 2005);
  • An intention to express your authentic self and a sense of strong personal identity are linked to meaning, but not to happiness; if you are searching for meaning, try working on your practice of authenticity (Baumeister, et al., 2013).

As a field, positive psychology spends much of its time thinking about topics like character strengths, optimism, life satisfaction, happiness, wellbeing, gratitude, compassion (as well as self-compassion), self-esteem and self-confidencehope, and flourishing. Can you imagine what would happen if we spent as much time focusing on positive things in our life as we do the negative?

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Flourishing

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June 19, 2024 | Jessie Nolasco-Sandino, LMSW | 5 min. read

Today we’re also covering Flourishing, a benefit of Positive Psychology, the topic of the month. 

So I’d like to usher in some positivity for us by bringing our attention and arriving at flourishing. While flourishing encapsulates and incorporates various positive psychology concepts, it particularly highlights the transformative potential of adversity.

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As described in the article, Flourishing means that we can connect to a sense of meaning in our lives, experience positive emotions, build relationships with people and communities that matter to us, and recognize and appreciate our accomplishments even in challenging moments.

But, how do we cultivate Flourishing? The PERMA model developed by Seligman (2011) explains what contributes to a sense of flourishing. The five factors in this model are:

  • Positive emotions
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishments

Some examples of ways to cultivate Flourishing based on the PERMA model could be:

 

1. Establish a Gratitude Practice

Research shows that regularly practicing gratitude has the greatest impact. A simple gratitude exercise each day of less than five minutes could have great benefits in building positive emotions. For example, as you’re brushing your teeth in the morning and in the evening, use that time to reflect on what you’re grateful for in your life. Gratitude can be for something as big as your health or as small as a great cup of coffee.

2. Prioritize Acts of Kindness

Acts of kindness enhance well-being and connections with others in the community which builds healthy engagement. Doing multiple acts of kindness in a single day has a greater impact on your level of flourishing than spreading them throughout the week. So, if you’re experimenting with this practice, choose a specific day each week and vary your acts of kindness rather than doing the same act of kindness, to have a major effect.

3. Leverage your Signature Strengths

Using signature strengths help deepen our relationships with Self and engagement with others in our social circles. These are the strengths that feel most authentic to us, that we’re most excited to use, that energize rather than drain us, and that give us a sense of joy while we’re using them. The VIA Character Strengths assessment can help you identify your own.

4. Celebrate your Accomplishments

Celebrating accomplishments boosts our positive self-regard and emotions. When we pause to celebrate our accomplishments, it helps us actually feel them — what psychologists sometimes refer to as “savoring” — rather than simply checking them off a list of goals and moving forward.

Positive emotions, accomplishments, engagement, finding meaning, and a sense of belonging within one’s community and relationships emerge as key components of flourishing.

By navigating through challenging life moments and leveraging the lessons learned, individuals can cultivate resilience, grit, deepen their relationships, and find renewed purpose. This month, I encourage us to explore the pathways to flourishing, reflecting on our experiences and identifying opportunities for growth and improvement.

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May 31, 2024 | Jessie Nolasco-Sandino, LMSW | 5 min. read

This month we’re learning about wellness and well-being.

Well-being is more than just feeling happy or healthy; it’s about achieving a sense of balance in various aspects of life. Each area contributes uniquely to how we feel overall, impacting our day-to-day experiences and long-term physical and mental health.

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The concept of wellness can be divided into eight distinct dimensions, each playing a crucial role in how we manage stress, interact with others, and feel about our personal growth and environment. The 8 dimensions of wellness are:

1. Physical Wellness

To maintain physical wellness, we must maintain a healthy body through healthy exercise, eating balanced meals, gaining appropriate rest and sleep to restore and recover from physical illnesses and sickness. When we manage our physical body by taking proper care of ourselves, we function, live and grow into well-rounded, well-balanced individuals.

2. Emotional Wellness

To maintain emotional wellness, we could make time and space to become curious about our feelings, gain understanding and insight about our life experiences. As we manage our stress, anxiety, fears and other emotions, we become more attuned and self-aware of the techniques that work to build relaxation and self-care.

3. Intellectual Wellness

To maintain intellectual wellness, we could utilize mentally stimulating activities such as reading, studying, creating new ideas, researching interesting topics, learning and developing our skills to expand our knowledge and skills.

4. Social Wellness

To maintain social wellness, we take a look at building and nurturing healthy, positive and supportive relationships. Whether these relationships are romantic, platonic friendships or familial relationships, having supportive relationships helps build social connections, stay connected to others and lean on a support system that buffers mental health.

5. Spiritual Wellness

To maintain spiritual wellness, we allow ourselves to explore core values and eventually develop a value system to inform our decisions and what’s important to us in life. Spiritual wellness could bring meaning and purpose in our life. Activities such as religion, meditation, volunteer work or other meaningful activities could be ways to balance spiritual wellness. 

6. Occupational Wellness

To maintain occupational wellness, we could find it through our work duties, contributions or achievements in the workplace or through employment projects. If we seek opportunities to fulfill personal satisfaction and new learning or growth in our work, we could achieve occupational wellness.

7. Environmental Wellness

To maintain environmental wellness, we surround ourselves in nature, become curious of nature and spend time immersed in the outdoors to appreciate what it gives us. We could find ways to protect our environment and help reduce, reuse and recycle minimizing air, water and land pollution.

8. Financial Wellness

To maintain financial wellness, we increase our financial literacy to maximize financial stability and reduce financial stress. We learn to make informed financial decisions such as smart financial planning, managing our financial expenses, becoming informed and knowledgeable about investments and retirement plans.

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness is an activities checklist to help maintain behavioral changes and consistency in following through checking the 8 dimensions of wellness and well-being. By engaging with this checklist, we’re taking proactive steps toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. Each dimension interacts with the others, so enhancing one area can positively impact others, leading to greater overall well-being and life satisfaction.

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The Impact of Plants on Mental Health and Productivity

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The Impact of Plants on Mental Health and Productivity

April 21, 2024 | Naweh Diggs, LMSW | 3 min. read

The Impact of Plants on Mental Health and Productivity

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, the importance of mental health can’t be overstated. While nature has long been touted as a mood booster, the presence of plants in indoor spaces like homes and offices can also have a significant positive impact on mental well-being and work efficiency.

Boosting Your Mood

When grappling with mental health challenges such as depression, enhancing one’s mood is paramount. Introducing plants into your living or working environment can foster a sense of tranquility and relaxation. The greenery not only serves as a visual treat but also aids in stress reduction, thereby creating a serene ambiance conducive to alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Improving Productivity

Plants are not just aesthetically pleasing additions to a space; they can also catalyze productivity. By diminishing stress levels and enhancing moods, plants enable individuals to concentrate better, and elevate their overall performance. In addition, caring for plants instills a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, fostering creativity and encouraging innovative thinking. This, in turn, empowers individuals to explore new ideas and enhance their problem-solving capabilities.

In conclusion, the incorporation of plants into indoor spaces can significantly benefit mental health and productivity. By creating a soothing environment, reducing stress, and fostering creativity, plants serve as natural methods in the quest for emotional well-being and professional success. So, why not bring a touch of nature into your home or office today and reap the benefits!

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The Importance of Asking for Help for Mental Well-Being

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The Importance of Asking for Help for Mental Well-Being

April 21, 2024 | Naweh Diggs, LMSW | 3 min. read

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Asking for help can be a daunting task for many individuals due to feelings of vulnerability, shame, and inadequacy.

Despite these challenges, seeking assistance is crucial for improving overall mental health. Here are two significant ways in which asking for help can enhance mental well-being:

Decreasing Stress

Stress is a common factor that can have detrimental effects on both mental and physical health. It can manifest as sleep disturbances, increased anxiety, depression, and physical ailments. When individuals are overwhelmed by these symptoms, their ability to function is affected. By being open to seeking help, individuals can effectively reduce stressors, thereby improving their mental and physical well-being. This proactive approach not only fosters better relationships, but also leads to an overall higher quality of life.

Increasing Self-Esteem

Many individuals silently struggle with their challenges, holding the belief that seeking help implies a personal weakness. This mindset often deters individuals from reaching out for assistance. However, acknowledging the need for help, and seeking support can significantly boost self-esteem. It demonstrates self-awareness and a willingness to prioritize one’s mental health, ultimately fostering a positive self-image.

In conclusion, while asking for help may initially evoke feelings of discomfort, the long-term benefits it offers for mental well-being are invaluable. By reducing stress and enhancing self-esteem, individuals can cultivate a healthier mindset and lead a more fulfilling life. Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous step towards self-improvement and holistic well-being.

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The Importance of Personal Accountability in Relationships and Professional Success

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The Importance of Personal Accountability in Relationships and Professional Success

April 21, 2024 | Naweh Diggs, LMSW | 5 min. read

Personal accountability plays a crucial role in various aspects of life, including maintaining relationships and achieving success in a professional setting.

Personal accountability plays a crucial role in various aspects of life, including maintaining relationships and achieving success in a professional setting. Defined as the ability to take responsibility for one’s decisions, actions, and outcomes, personal accountability can have a profound impact on one’s overall well-being and progress. With this said, personal accountability can contribute to building strong relationships, and increase opportunities for success in the professional realm.

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Building and Maintaining Relationships

Relationships are fundamental to human existence, providing a sense of belonging, connection, and support. Individuals who demonstrate personal accountability are more likely to nurture and sustain healthy relationships due to their ability to take ownership of their actions and their impact on others. Here are some ways personal accountability can benefit relationships:

Conflict Resolution

Personal accountability fosters open communication and conflict resolution in relationships. When individuals hold themselves accountable for their words and actions, they are more inclined to address conflicts constructively and seek resolution without placing blame on others.

Professional Success and Personal Accountability

In the professional world, personal accountability is highly valued and can significantly impact one’s career growth and success. Here’s how personal accountability can enhance professional achievements:

Leadership Qualities

Personal accountability is a imperative for effective leadership. Leaders who hold themselves accountable, inspire trust and confidence in their team members, setting a positive example and fostering a culture of responsibility within the organization.

Career Advancement

Individuals who exhibit personal accountability are more likely to be recognized and rewarded for their contributions. Employers value employees who can be trusted to deliver results and take initiative, making them prime candidates for career advancement opportunities.

Conclusion

In conclusion, personal accountability is a valuable trait that can benefit both personal relationships and professional success. By cultivating a mindset of responsibility, individuals can enhance their communication skills, foster trust and respect in relationships, and position themselves for growth and achievement in their careers. Embracing personal accountability is not only beneficial on an individual level but also contributes to a positive and productive environment in various aspects of life.

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