I’m incredibly pleased to announce the Trigger Positive program [Sorry, no longer available!]! The program provides tools for developing greater self-awareness, cultivating positive emotion, finding purpose and meaning, cultivating healthy relationships, seeking self-growth, and partnering with others to leave a lasting influence in the world. I have compiled psychological theories and research that are proven to increase well-being and happiness, in an easy to read fashion. The program also includes my story and how these ideas have completely altered my level of happiness and well-being.
The program includes:
- 145 page PDF workbook containing 16 separate exercises.
- 16 Proven strategies to enhance your happiness.
- 5 Guided meditations to facilitate greater emotional well-being.
- A 3 hour 30 minute audio program walking you through exercises and meditations.
- 4 great bonus products from top bloggers:
Mindfulness Living by Paige Burkes How to Love Consciously by Alex Blackwell Journaling from the Soul by Jodi Chapman A Practical Guide to Bliss by Andrea DeBell
As a part of the release I wanted to share 8 proven ways to increase well-being. This is a little taste of what the program is about.
1. Cultivate optimistic thinking
An optimist believes that good things will happen, and that they are responsible for their success. There are many benefits to developing a more optimistic outlook. Optimistic people are more confident and persevere in the face of adversity, and they are healthier and live longer. To increase optimism recognize bad events won’t last forever and that you are responsible for the good things that happen.
2. Develop an attitude of gratitude
We all have something to be grateful for. Even if it’s as simple as the sun shining. Focus on what you’re thankful for and appreciate in life. Studies show that gratitude can be deliberately cultivated, and that there is an association between gratitude and our well-being. Keep a gratitude journal or make of list of what you are grateful for each night. Here are a few questions to help expand on your gratitude list.
- Who are three people in your life you are grateful for?
- What are three things you are grateful for about your physical health?
- What are three things you are grateful for about where you live and or your home environment?
- What are three gifts of unique talent and skill you posses?
- What are three things you appreciate about your work or what you do for a living?
- What are three gifts of knowledge and experience you have been exposed to?
3. Have a growth mindset
It is now known that the brain changes over time with repeated exposure. Plasticity is the brains ability to make new neural connections over time. This is whether you’re young or old. There is a saying, “neurons that fire together, wire together.” If you want to be good at something, you have to practice and prepare. The brain develops according to experiences we have. The more you practice something, the more connections the brain makes, and the better you get. To have a growth mindset be willing to practice and develop your skills, embrace uncertainty, and seek new experiences. Practice thinking and behaving differently and you can make lasting positive changes.
4. Don’t let people dump their “garbage” on you
What do you do when you’re around someone who can’t seem to notice or say anything positive? It can be tough not to let their mood and outlook have an effect on how we feel. Negativity can be difficult to deal with, particularly when it’s chronic and directed toward us. However, we don’t have to let the negativity of others bring us down if we are prepared to deal with it effectively.
- Put yourself in other person shoes by being empathic and caring for what the other person is going through.
- Convert negative energy into something productive by helping them to resolve the problem or find a compromise.
- Mind your ego and don’t take it personally. Stay calm and don’t escalate the situation.
5. Connect with others
As the saying goes, “there are no happy hermits.” People with a wide range of social connections tend to be happier. We are social creatures, and expanding and building deeper relationships is in our best interest. Here’s a few suggestions to naturally connect with others. Laughter – Bring more humor into your life by engaging with people or media that can make you laugh. Learn to find the humor in situations that might typically steal your joy. Smile more often – Practice smiling more on random days and explore the impact this has on how you feel and how people respond to you. Be playful – We are wired to build attachments and bond through play and merriment. When we are amused and laugh with other people it builds the social connections in our life.
6. Inspire yourself
What can you do to bring inspiration into your life? Inspiration comes in many different forms and fashions. You may be inclined to take part in athletics, art, writing, public speaking, or every day acts of inspiring kindness and strength. Research has revealed that the experience of inspiration can enhance our personal well-being and increase positive affect. Find people to connect with who inspire you. Think of someone you love for their wonderful qualities or a person full of compassion and generosity who tends to surprise and inspire you with their kindness.
7. Build emotional intelligence
Having awareness and being able to manage our emotions is an important part of stay positive and cultivating many of the above emotional states. Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage counterproductive emotions, such as stress and anger, and ultimately begin to harness more positive feelings such as optimism, hope, and creativity, so we can stay motivated and perform up to our potential.
8. Cultivate mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice to help us accept the present moment in a calm and collected manner, without getting caught up in racing thoughts or overwhelmed with uncomfortable emotions. Learning to be mindful of our ongoing experiences can help us cope with stress while still remaining productive and goal oriented. Practice focusing on your breathing or use your senses to become more engaged in the present moment by tuning in to the sounds, sights, and smells in your present environment. Whether it’s from relationships, pleasurable activities, or doing something that is truly meaningful there are many ways we can get more from joy and satisfaction from life.