Hi there! Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. So glad you are joining me today.
For you Lega-Leaders (Relationship Legacy Leaders) out there I have a new resource I'd like to share with you (1). So far in my blogs I've mostly explored how Lega-Leaders can make an impact on their romantic relationships, kids, friends, and family members. Today I am shifting the focus to our workplaces. Most of us spend a huge portion of our lives at work, so why not make it a great place to be? But how can Lega-Leaders make a difference? Where can they look for ideas that work? Well, I'm sure you have heard of the field of psychology, but have you heard of the field of positive psychology??? The research from the field of positive psychology gives us a ton of applicable habits, tools, and ideas.
So, what is positive psychology? Here is a nice video summary (2):
As you can see from the video, positive psychology was developed because it's not enough to only understand what is going wrong with people, but we have to also know what is going right in order to help people thrive (and not just survive). I think that Relationship Legacy Leaders can definitely benefit from understanding how people flourish, because being a Lega-Leader is all about being a positive role model, and encouraging people to thrive at home, in their workplaces, and in their communities.
Alright, let's get to the recommended resource! I absolutely love the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast (3) by by Michelle McQuaid (4). These are short, weekly, 25-40 minute podcasts where Michelle interviews key researchers in the positive psychology field. In the episodes they directly apply the research findings to people's lives individually, as well as explore how the research findings apply in the workplace. As always, I love simple, practical, and actionable habits that anyone can do, and this podcast always supplies tons of great research-based ideas that you can start right away.
For example, in this podcast episode embedded below you will hear about ways you can personally manage your emotions, rumination, and runaway anxiety. This definitely applies personally, at work, and in our relationships (5).
If you have now been bitten by the psychology bug and now are super curious about this awesome field of positive psychology, you can also check out the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and it's associated links and resources (6). Dr. Martin Seligman (a leader in the field of positive psychology) is the director of the Positive Psychology Center and is also a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (7). You may have heard of Dr. Angela Duckworth (8)? She wrote the book Grit and is also a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (9). She too works with the Positive Psychology Center. Click here to access a readings and videos list recommended by the center (10). Right now people are really digging YouTube videos, so click here to go straight to the positive psychology video links that the center suggests (11).
I hope I've sparked some interest in you on this super neat and helpful field of research. Talk to you next week!
All the best,
PS Can I send you an email about once a week? The email will have a link to my latest blog post in case there is a topic you are interested in. As the business grows and I add more products and services, I will mention in the email what has been added.
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