Self-Gratitudes

A twist on the classic 3 Gratitudes exercises in positive psychology, today we’re going to focus that gratitude inward. Over the course of your day, take some time to notice how your own thoughts and actions created better outcomes for yourself.

What decisions did you make that caused you to feel better? What actions did you take that brought you positive outcomes?

It’s important to recognize the good things in our environment. But it’s equally important to notice the good things in ourselves as well!

See you in those comments!

By | April 29th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments

Random Acts of Kindness

One of the best boosters of lasting positivity is to do something nice for someone in your life, known as Random Acts of Kindness. You can choose a loved one, a friend, or a complete stranger. Whomever you pick, go out of your way today to be the catalyst for a positive experience in their life.

If we could make a suggestion: preparation yields better results. So take some time in the morning to think about what you might do.

It could be as small as a chore, or buying someone coffee. What matters is that you take the time to plan, building intention and anticipation!

Comment and let us know how you felt before, during, and after your act!

By | April 28th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments

Growth Mindsets Language

Today, we’re going to focus on Growth Mindsets by examining our language. Over the course of the day, pay attention to the words you use and the speech of those around you.

Try to notice what these words are saying about the future. Are they open to the possibility of change? Or are they expressing a fixed mindset, implying no opportunity for learning and growth?

As a tip, look for words like “can’t” or “never” as indicators of fixed-mindset language. Similarly, words like “haven’t” or “yet” are often used to imply that we will do something in the future, even if we can’t do it now.

See how many instances of fixed-mindset language you can pick out today — from your own words or the words of those around you — and let us know how you would alter them to make them a little more growth-oriented. Were you able to catch any in-the-moment and correct yourself?

Comment and let us […]

By | April 27th, 2017|Daily Exercise|0 Comments

What Is Mindfulness?

If you’ve ever encountered the self-help field before, you’ve no doubt heard something about mindfulness meditation. It’s becoming quite the buzzword these days, and companies and mobile apps worldwide are eager to get on the mindfulness bandwagon.

So what’s the deal with mindfulness? What is it? What are the benefits of a mindfulness regimen? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at why mindfulness is receiving so much attention.

Background

When you think about mindfulness meditation, one of a few images probably comes to mind. To borrow a few archetypes from Chris Goto-Jones’ Coursera course, “Demystifying Mindfulness”, you might imagine:

The Monk, centered and internally-oriented

Cartoon image of meditator

Or, perhaps The Warrior, focused and ready to act

Adorable cartoon ninja

Or maybe The Zombie, cold, […]

By | April 26th, 2017|Blog Post, Other|2 Comments

Active Constructive Responding

Today’s exercise is a day-long focus on Active Constructive Responding (ACR). Whenever someone shares some news with you today, rather than the typical Passive Constructive Response that most of us use by default — “That’s awesome!”, or “Cool, good for you!” — we’re going to respond a little more actively.

Savoring is about us reliving a past positive event in detail, and extending its positivity into our present moment. ACR can be thought of as asking the right questions to get someone else to savor their own positive event.

So go the extra mile today, and ask those detailed questions, and be the cause of some extra positive emotions for the people in your life.

Check out the video for more details! Be sure to comment on the video and let us know how ACR impacts your life today!

By | April 26th, 2017|Daily Exercise|1 Comment

Strength Focusing

For today’s exercise, we’re going to focus on implementing one of our top 5 Character Strengths. If you have yet to take the VIA Signature Strengths Survey, head to the bottom of This Page and take it now.

Pick a strength, and take some time to brainstorm ways you can exemplify this strength in your day. Try to brainstorm at least three opportunities before heading out and tackling the day.

As you go about your day, be sure to visit the comments section and let us know how it’s going. Or, check in at the end of the day and let us know how it went. What opportunities you were able to identify and seize?

Remember to check out your friend’s progress! The comments section is a great opportunity to practice your Active Constructive Responding skills!

By | April 25th, 2017|Daily Exercise|1 Comment