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Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/positivity-top-notch-research-reveals-the-3-to-1-ratio-">Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life</a>

World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson provides the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral." You'll discover:What positivity is, and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective; The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity; Why positivity is more important than happiness; How positivity can enhance relationships, work, and health, and how it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives ;The top-notch research that backs the 3-to-1 "positivity ratio" as a key tipping point ... Read full article

Benefits of Teaching Positivity to Children

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Follow the advice of "fake it 'til you make it" or just "be positive", and you may end up oozing a kind of "toxic insincerity" says Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology and specialist investigator of positive emotions and psychophysiology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Fredrickson was speaking at a workshop that was part of the Young Minds conference held last week at Darling Harbour in Sydney. Teaching the benefits of positivity, Dr. Fredrickson says instead of ‘thinking positive’, we should aim to identify the experiences and contexts that give us a positive emotion, and then repeat them. Research indicates that experiencing positive and negative emotions in about a 3-to-1 ratio, has the potential to enhance your relationships, improve your health, relieve depression, and broaden your mind. Read full article

Authentic Happiness

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/authentic-happiness">Authentic Happiness</a>

Authentic Happiness is the first book to examine the mechanisms by which mentally healthy people become happy, and how happy people become very happy. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller Learned Optimism greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. Read full article

Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/happy-children-secrets-of-how-they-think">Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think</a>

Interviews with children about how they view their lives and the world around them. Elizabeth Gould, conducted wide-ranging interviews and now tells the children's stories and reveals four distinct patterns of how these happy children think. Even though these happy children face all the usual ups and downs of childhood, including bullying and family issues, they have found a way to be happy and stay happy. Read full article

Learned Optimism

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/learned-optimism">Learned Optimism</a>

Book: Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman. An authority on positive psychology and motivation writes about the positive effects of optimism on the quality of life and provides a program of specific exercises designed to break the pessimism habit and help with depression, while developing an optimistic outlook. Read full article

The Optimistic Child

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Book: The Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman.This book shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism These skills can help them combat depression and achieve more academically, in sports and improve their physical health. Read full article

Raising an Optimistic Child

<a href="/articles/raising-an-optimistic-child">Raising an Optimistic Child</a>

Margie Sheedy writes about the very important skill of optimistic thinking for children. Teaching your child about responding to adversity and identifying their strengths is part of the process. Read some tips on helping your child to have an optimistic outlook. Read full article

Emotion Management - Emotional Control

<a href="/articles/emotion-management-emotional-control">Emotion Management - Emotional Control</a>

Teaching children how to keep focus and manage their emotional reactions is a skill that will help them in the playground and the classroom. Children with an ability to manage their reactions to a feeling are less likely to harm others and are more likely to be popular with their peers. Read full article

What is Optimism? A Quick Guide for Parents.

<a href="/articles/what-is-optimism-a-quick-guide-for-parents">What is Optimism? A Quick Guide for Parents.</a>

Optimism describes a habit of thinking. A child who thinks that bad events are caused by temporary things (such as their mood) and that good events are caused by permanent things (such as being someone who always works hard) has an optimistic way of thinking. In his brilliant book, The Optimistic Child, Dr Martin Seligman gives several examples of this way of thinking. Read full article