‘Success is not about never falling down…..It’s about using that downward momentum to propel ourselves in the opposite direction’. (Shawn Achor)
It is commonly believed, that if you are successful then you will be happy, but how do we define success?
Setbacks and hardship, loss and unexpected difficulties are all part of life. How we respond to these is at the core of positive psychology. Resilience, i.e. our ability to get back on the horse when we have been thrown off it, is key to our ‘success’ in seeing life as a creative and meaningful adventure, where we can grow and develop, learning from everything we experience, the good and the difficult.
In this talk, the work of American psychologist Shawn Achor will be introduced. Drawing on his book ‘The Happiness Advantage’, an overview of the Seven Principles he has developed in his theoretical framework will be presented. The audience will be invited to do one or two exercises to explore these principles in practice. These easily understood steps, provide a map from which to start applying some of the foundations of positive psychology in daily life. The talk will be given in English.
Jessica Williams Ciemnyjewski is a Dramatherapist (PG. Dip Dramatherapy/ PG.Dip Forensic Psychotherapy) and clinical supervisor with many years’ experience in working clinically in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders and criminal behaviour. She is a writer and performer and the Artistic Director of The Theatre of Reflection and has a number of publications relevant to her field of work.