There’s a common misconception of positive psychology. Slap on a smile and all will be well. Think positively and cure yourself of all ailments. Ignore the negative.
Stick around and reconsider what you may have thought.
When we were developing Amazing Me, we were taking deep dives into the many areas of the science and testing interventions on ourselves, in fact we still are and that’s mainly because we’re human and we need this as much as you.
We have immersed ourselves in gratitude journals, strengths spotting, self compassion and loving kindness meditations. We’ve tracked our emotions, delved into our own childhoods. We’ve completed scales and measure for happiness, subjective wellbeing, hope, life satisfaction, character and more. We’ve practised mindfulness and mindlessness. We’ve looked at the dark side. We’ve dug up some pretty uncomfortable stuff, some glorious gems, some surprises and some revelations. We’ve felt rubbish, we’ve felt amazing, excited, exhausted, panicky, scared and low and high. What we do know for sure, is that positive psychology is powerful and we wish we’d known it before.
We have taken everything we have learnt about ourselves and others. We’ve drawn upon our strengths and put it all into our programme, Amazing Me. We have made it look fabulous with the help of some very talented people. The animations are colourful, the techniques are memorable, the activities are fun and the programme is so simple to use.
But this is serious and so are we when it comes to wellbeing. Working on your wellbeing is hard work - don’t be fooled by the bright colours and happy faces- but the hard work is worth it. Just find the right bit for you. Perhaps you could begin here with Sonja Lyubomirsky's book, The How of Happiness: http://thehowofhappiness.com/ to find something that fits.
The state of your wellbeing affects every aspect of your life and every aspect of your life affects your wellbeing. Where it’s not so good, you can change it so please look after it and the wellbeing of those around you.
Just think if you’d had these tools when you were a young child.
Which positive psychology interventions that we’ve mentioned above do you think you’d like to try?
Are you a school and would like to try some interventions to improve staff wellbeing?
Are you a business who would like to support a school?
Message us with your thoughts.
Kelly & Tracy