Positivity by Dr Barbara Fredrickson


Groundbreaking Research Reveals How To Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive

“Barbara Fredrickson is the genius of the positive psychology movement.”Martin E. P. SeligmanAuthor of Authentic Happiness

While I was attending the Open House workshops put on by The Napoleon Hill World Learning Center in Indiana in May, I came across a book in the Ancilla College bookstore that I had to purchase. The title, subtitle and quote from Martin Seligman drew me like a magnet to purchase the book. I am very, very glad I did.

One paragraph in Chapter 2 jumped out at me and I had to share it with my PMA friends.

I do my best to live my life according to the principles in 2 books. Those books are the Holy Bible and Think and Grow Rich. Actually I like Law of Success more than Think and Grow Rich but since Think and Grow Rich is so popular let’s go with it.The Bible and Think and Grow Rich tell us that being positive is how we should live our lives. In the second chapter of this book, here is the paragraph that caught my eye.

“Languish or flourish? Yes. Like any other living thing, you too may either languish, barely holding to life, or flourish, becoming ripe with possibility and remarkably resilient to hard times. People who flourish function at extraordinarily high levels – both psychologically and socially. They’re not simply people who feel good. Flourishing goes beyond happiness, or satisfaction with life. True, people who flourish are happy. But that’s not the half of it. Beyond feeling good, they’re also doing good – adding value to the world. People who flourish are highly engaged with their families, work and communities. They’re driven by a sense of purpose: they know why they get up in the morning. Striving to flourish, then, is a noble goal. It’s not just about making yourself happy. It’s about doing something valuable with your day and with your life. Although flourishing is noble, it need not imply grand or grandiose actions. It simply requires transcending self-interest enough to share and celebrate goodness in others and in the natural world. Flourishing represents your best possible future. Positivity can help you get there."

That paragraph really excited me. It is something that Napoleon Hill fans and Christians with strong faith already know in their inner being. I loved how Dr Fredrickson summed it all up in that one paragraph.

Are you languishing or flourishing in your life? They each lead you down different paths and you get to choose your own path.

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