Positive Psychology: Cultivating Strengths

Positive Psychology: Cultivating Strengths

Mental Health Tips from William James College Faculty: Positive Psychology: Cultivating Strengths by Claire Fialkov, PhD, Core Faculty in the Clinical Psychology Department.

Tips for Having More Well-Being in Your Life

  • Listen deeply when you are talking with someone
  • Volunteer and do more for others
  • Celebrate and savor success
  • Encourage gratitude in yourself
  • Suspend judgment
  • Encourage variety and meaning in every day
  • Have a future orientation
  • Cultivate your strengths
  • Use your strengths in new ways
  • Be active
  • Get some rest

While we may not be able to do all of these things, it might be useful to try out some of these activities. All positive interventions have in common the need for us to refocus our memory and attention, to be intentional about our goals, and to practice the strategies repeatedly over time. You may find that trying out some of these activities will broaden your thinking and your behavior and make you feel more resilient as you face the inevitable stress of life.

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