Mastering the Art
Studying the Science and
Discovering the Practice of Positivity
One day at a time…
This year I am undertaking the biggest resolution of my life. I have come to realize that the most important commitment I can make to this life is to learn to be positive.
I have been studying, reading and occasionally writing about the science of positive psychology for some time now. The data is pretty clear: the ratio of positive to negative events in any person’s life is three to one if you have any hopes at all of thriving in life and love.
I have done enough practice to know that the data is true. That if you can remain open, curious and lean towards wonder, surprise, gratitude and occasional moments of awe, the way you see your life changes the life itself. My problem is that my neuro-circuitry has built in wiring of its own which tends to highlight what is wrong in any given situation and actually causes me to forget how to be positive at any given moment.
It was actually the new movie, Julie and Julia that inspired me on this positivity quest. If you haven’t seen it, a young woman follows in the footsteps of Julia Child, preparing every one of her recipes and blogging about the experience- both good and bad during the course of a year. Although I don’t share her devotion to the pursuit of French cuisine, I believe her method of keeping a daily and public log about her process might just apply as well to my pursuit of a positive mind.
If you are interested in following the daily PQ, it will be a window in to the successes and failures of the process, and I dare say will show more of my strengths and frailties than I generally feel free to share.. Where the quotes and perspective of those who have gone before are helpful, we will celebrate them. Where they are Pollyanna and push me into the depths of despair, you will hear about it. Here on Care2, I will share the best of the week’s posts.
Hopefully the journey will inspire you on a parallel hike and that the interactive power of our community will build into such a crescendo that we will all be reaping the benefits of living and loving well.
Looking forward to making the journey together.
Next: The first week of Wendy’s Positivity Quest