Cultivating positive emotions

Positive emotions are essential to well-being and optimal functioning.  Cultivating positive emotions in yourself and those around you transforms people for the better, helping them to experience joy, play and contentment and prompting them to engage in new activities and explore new situations.  Joy creates the urge to play, push the limits and be creative.  Interest creates the urge to explore, take in new information and experiences, resulting in personal growth and expansion.  Contentment creates the urge to step back, enjoy the present and integrate current circumstances into new views of self and the world.  In a word, people flourish.  In contrast negative emotions, such as fear or anger narrow one’s thoughts and actions to survival instincts of avoidance or flight, involving strong psychological and physical stress reactions.  If mostly positive emotions can be cultivated and experienced, psychological resilience grows and people bounce back more quickly from negative events when they do occur.  A good first step is simply to observe and to foster activities and events that support positive emotions, knowing that the benefits and the resilience they create improves performance.


About leaderwalk

Diane Thompson is principal of Thompson Performance Consulting and is a practitioner in the field of organization development and design. Diane has 25 years of management experience in private and public organizations and is a keen observer and student of organizational dynamics and the factors that impact high performance. Diane's direct experience as a manager and her body of knowledge from her MA, Human Systems Intervention, converge to support clients and leaders with transition and change.
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4 Responses to Cultivating positive emotions

  1. Susan Ramsay says:

    Hello Diane – I learned many years ago that seeing things in a positive light helps enormously to navigate through life – every once in a while I fall off the wagon & everything starts to look very bleak – your comments & lovely photos have reminded me how worth while it is to get back on to that wagon as quickly as possible – Susan

    • leaderwalk says:

      Thank you Susan. Your comments remind me that we can’t know what is going on in people’s lives when we are so busy taking care of the urgent demands of the day to day workplace. A warm smile and a word of appreciation can make a world of difference.

      • leaderwalk says:

        Professor F. M. Sahoo explains the three sources of resilience – I have, I am, and I can and the fact that all three dimensions need to be developed to have true resilience. This is an excellent site to access information and publications by Professor Sahoo on resilience and child development.

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