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2011: The Power of Positive Being

By Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.
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2011: The Power of Positive BeingBe kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
~Dalai Lama

Last year I began the Proof Positive blog here at Psych Central. The goal was to review the best research in positive psychology and offer applications from this research for everyday use. All of the techniques for promoting wellbeing and happiness were drawn from the research literature, and I experimented with each of them. Some had more power that others, and some were more difficult to maintain. But overall there was a clear, strong, positive shift not only in my way of thinking, but also in the degree of positive experiences noted, encountered, and received.

This is not to say that the miserable things that come with being human stopped happening, or the sorrows and grief from losses weren’t there; they certainly were. But in spite of these not-so-happy events a type of resilience emerged that allowed for an honest experience of the sufferings without staying glued to them.

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2011: The Power of Positive Being

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  1. Well put… This is so inline with my intentions for 2011… Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year.

  2. Good post to follow into 2011. I’ve made an effort myself to be more kind to others in the daily life i.e. simply smiling to people or having a chat about how the checkout girl at the supermarket’s day is going etc. There is reward in making someone else’s day a little bit better…

  3. Meditation works for me too. To make positive things happen you must do the effort, so true. It is all about “Process”. What kind to place one self into.

  4. I liked very much your post.
    A mixture of relaxation, self-hypnosis, guided imagery and knowlodge of one´s strengths was able to revert a very depressive situation and school difficulies of his daughter. Giving school remediation to his daughter was the testing method of his strength.
    The subject was my close acquaitance and I should not «consult» him formally.
    The whole «case history» is in the book “ACREDITA EM TI! SÊ PERSEVERANTE”
    Mário de Noronha
    PhD DtH

  5. Learning my own strengths has helped me in times when I only see the negatives, and things I wish were different.

    This is a great posting! Thanks for sharing.

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