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1 Rx: A Dose of Positivity Mary Steinhardt The University of Texas at Austin Rx: A Dose of Positivity Mary Steinhardt The University of Texas at Austin

2 We all know negativity… Unchecked negativity breeds health-damaging negative emotions – unproductive anger, contempt, depression. What about positivity?

3 Stressful Situations Homeostasis (protective factors) Succumb “GIVE UP” Diminished (stuck in a rut) “PUT UP” “Floundering” Resilience (recovery) “BOUNCE UP” “Flourishing” Thriving (growth) “STEP UP” (sustainability) Disruption(overwhelmed)

4 Please think back to how you felt yesterday. Indicate the greatest amount that you’ve experienced each of the following feelings: ___ What is the most grateful, appreciative, or thankful you felt? Not at all A little bit Moderately Quite a bit Extremely ___ What is the most angry, irritated, or annoyed you felt? ___ What is the most inspired, uplifted, or elevated you felt? ___ What is the most joyful, glad, or happy you felt? ___ What is the most stressed, nervous, or overwhelmed you felt? ___ What is the most hopeful, optimistic, or encouraged you felt? ___ What is the most sad, downhearted, or unhappy you felt? ___ What is the most ashamed, humiliated, or disgraced you felt?

5 Six Facts About Positivity Positivity feels good Positivity feels good Positivity changes how your mind works Positivity changes how your mind works Positivity transforms your future Positivity transforms your future Positivity puts the brakes on negativity Positivity puts the brakes on negativity Positivity obeys a “Tipping Point” Positivity obeys a “Tipping Point” You can increase your positivity You can increase your positivity

6 Diminished (stuck in a rut) “Floundering” < 3 Resilience“Flourishing”>3 Positivity can tip our life from “floundering” to “flourishing.” The Tipping Point

7 Stressful Situations Homeostasis (protective factors) Succumb<1FAILURE Diminished (stuck in a rut) 1 to 2.9 FLOUNDERING Resilience (recovery) 3.0 to 3.9 FOCUSED, FLEXIBLE, FLOWING Thriving (growth) >4 >4FLOURISHING (sustainability) Disruption(overwhelmed)

8 THRIVING (growth) flourishing > 4 Diminished (stuck in a rut) floundering < 3 Positive emotions fuel resilience and undo or down-regulate the negative effects of stress. RESILIENCE (recovery) focused,flexible,flowing >3 (tipping point) >3 (tipping point) Succumb (depressive symptoms) failure < 1

9 THRIVING (growth) flourishing > 4 Tipping Point: 3 to 1 What about negativity? Diminished (stuck in a rut) floundering < 3 RESILIENCE (recovery) focused,flexible,flowing >3 (tipping point) >3 (tipping point) Succumb (depressive symptoms) failure < 1


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