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Dr. Tammy Davis Marymount University
Learning optimism at ages halves the rate of depression as children go through puberty. Happy people show less burnout! Students with learning goals take necessary risks and see failure as a chance to learn. Highly successful people do not succeed by working on weaknesses; the emphasis is on using strengths. Students with positive core self-evaluation will out earn their less positive peers by as much as 100%.
To achieve success To grow and develop in a healthy and vigorous way To be in a state of activity or production To prosper Synonyms: Improving, growing, or succeeding steadily: booming, boomy, prospering, prosperous, roaring, thrifty, thriving. Flourishing Pre-/Post-test
Flourishing should be PERMA- nent! P = Positive emotions E = Engagement R = Relationships M = Meaning A = Achievement/Attitude
21 freshmen just starting college Selected the course among others Had to do small activities to try to “increase” happiness Took the Happiness Inventory (pre- and post) Also worked on strengths (Strengths Inventory) Goal was to connect students to the University and to increase happiness
Positive statements In a study of corporations, those with a 3:1 ratio for positive to negative statements are flourishing. BUT, don’t go crazy! Above a 13:1 ratio, you lose your credibility. Not only SAYING positive things to facilitate positive emotions, but also helping them start to identify the positive. Activity: Three good things/Me at My Best/Observation
Students who are connected and engaged in meaningful activities are much less likely to exhibit risky behaviors. Engagement fosters a sense of belong, responsibility, and control. Activity: “My Secret Good Deed”
Who do students connect with? If not you, then WHO? Ask, investigate, follow-through! External support systems are an ASSET and give students HOPE! Activity: “Who Surrounds You?”
Students were asked to do six exercises that build positivity and happiness. “Forgiveness Letter” “Gratitude Letter”
“Doors” Activity Practicing what I preached Constantly praising and reinforcing when they did well Having some fun!
Focus on Happiness, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude Activities: Observation, Team-Building Reflective Journaling Resulted in a 14% average increase in the happiness scores of students! Only 2 students did not return for Spring semester
Negativity breeds negativity Where’s your energy? Where’s your smile? Who does complaining help? If we knew that hope and despair were paths to the same destination, which would you choose?
H = Hear their story O = Offer a reframe P = Praise their Strengths E = Encourage expression of feelings
The best shot students may have at flourishing is your belief that they can. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” - Winston Churchill
“When there is opportunity to be grasped and there is hope, then things get better. When there is no hope, things do not. What can I do to help the cause of providing opportunity and hope?” Seligman (2002)
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