X – eXamining Your Positives

Why consider examining your positives?

Research has shown that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health than those who don’t. For those grieving, practicing thankfulness can be a challenge because there is an understandable focus on what is missing, instead of what is still present. Examining the positives by focusing on what is still good can strengthen the brain’s positive neural pathways and contribute to overall mental wellness.

How does examining your positives promote healing?

• By rewiring the brain for positive emotions
• By lifting mood, optimism, and resilience
• By counteracting the effects of painful experiences
• By increasing levels of energy, determination, persistence, and focus

“It is when you are least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you”

~ Oprah Winfrey

Resources

Organizations

  • Awakening Joy – App, blog, book, classes, events, free audio talks, retreats, and workshops focused on joy.
  • Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley – Researched-based tools and practical resources to build happiness, resilience, and connection.
  • Live Happy – Articles, clothing, gifts, Live Happy magazine, and podcast centered on positive psychology.

How can you eXamine your positives to assist you in your healing journey?