Spring is in the air! More sunshine, more outside activities, more fun!
Right! But the media targets the negative: a poor economy, terrorism, and controversial politics. Gloom and doom sells – to the point of creating depression, hostility, and fear.
What to do?
Martin Seligman, author and founder of Positive Psychology, suggests that we focus on our strengths. By focusing on our personal strengths we can improve our lives.
He and Chris Peterson created a list of six broad categories of virtues: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence that have become a framework to recognize strengths and build on happiness.
Instead of watching the news, go to www.authentichappiness.org and take the Authentic Happiness Inventory or listen to the video of Chris Peterson discussing happiness.
According to Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”