TEDx Thessaloniki: The Power of Positivity


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Seeing things from a positive perspective, being tough enough to resist the collective depressive state, and finding the strength to get up and try hard the things you do best and have that deeper meaning that lifts your soul – that’s what really matters.

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  • Well being/happiness/positive emotions. What are you after in life?
  • TEDx Thessaloniki: The Power of Positivity

    1. 1 @ledaka + positivity (vs.)
    2. 2 Pollyannaish: person characterized by unrealistic optimism and a tendency to find good in everything
    3. And How About The Bad Stuff? 3
    4. 4 Want & Happy
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    8. The $ Dilemma 8
    9. High GDP ≠ High Happiness!! 9
    10. “…Invites Member States to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and wellbeing in development with a view to guiding their public policies..” 10
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    12. Can You? • Get Specific What does success look like? • Focus on What You Will Do Not What You Won't Do • Have Grit Long vs. short term 12
    13. And More… • Focus on Getting Better, Not Good Goals are opportunities to improve, rather than to prove yourself • Be a Realistic Optimist Visualize how to overcome obstacles • Build your Willpower Muscle Get more by using it 13
    14. Social Contagion Who do you spend time with? Who are the people that support you when in need? Who do you have fun with? Who helps you thrive? 14Fowler & Christakis 2008 Harvard Study 12,000 individuals “happiness connection”
    15. Unorthodox Rx Positive Emotion (the pleasant life/well being) Engagement (did time stop for you) Relationships (and how we share life with other people) Meaning (believing and serving something bigger than yourself Accomplishment/achievement (what you choose to do for its own sake – without anyone forcing you to do it). 15 Martin Seligman: Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
    16. Relationships: The New Currency Fast Many Often
    17. 17 “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
    18. Do, Do, Do!  Find small goals when big ones are elusive  Ditch “unworkable goals” - quit and be smart  Don’t be afraid to ask people who can help  Have Plans A & B set out ahead of time  See the humor in difficulty  Be Grateful 18
    19. 19 Thank You! leda@yhesitate.com