paths to Wellbeing [AITM] ABC RADIO NATIONAL; broadcast date: 12 October 2014

paths to Wellbeing [AITM]
ABC RADIO NATIONAL; broadcast date: 12 October 2014

Freudian & Schopenaur: best you can do in life is to not suffer (the absence of suffering)
Seligman: “flourish” – & to gain happiness/fulfilment

– happiness is unrealistic
– life well-lived
– can never eliminate suffering
[positive psychology – since 2000s]

– self-help movement since the 1920s [worth billions of dollars – easy answers, but there are few easy answers – most things require work]

– psychology has been concerned with overcoming deficits

– what makes happiness [ABC TV series]
– write their own obituary [connection with others; professional impac]
– gratitude visits
– forgiveness letters
– exercise (including meditation)
– diet
– positive mindset (constructive cognitive thinking styles – have lasting impacts; significant shifts in the frontal cortex – melatonin increase; cortisol down – physiological brain changes
– had 1000s of people logged on for the exercises

– negativity in our society (increased fear in the media)
– strengths
– values
– diversity in Australian society (harness harmony rather than demonise)

University of Melbourne [Dianne Broderick]
– 3 good things [positive psychology intervention to enhance welbeing; depression decreased]
– supported by metaanlyses
– Seligman: positive psychology program [move away from symptoms, genesis of problems to strengths, values, hopes – high-level engagement]
– supplemental to the traditional approaches
– salivary cortisol (to measure change)
[allows tailoring to the individual]

Positive psychology qualities:
– resilience (ability to bounce back from adversity)
– ways to recover quicker & learn from experience
– coaching has a role to play to perform better

Coaching psychology unit at Sydney university
– work is stressful
– efficiency demands
– workload issues
– coaching (ability to hold multiple perspectives & challenging notion at only your way is correct; seeing interactions between components of a system – engage differently with complexity – let go of stress by realising they are part of a system; looking at network & the quality of leadership – change here to meet goals – ripple effect upon others; relationships may need to be re-negotiated, but problem is where the system does not change)

flourish by having a whole person approach:
– hope, optimism, resilience
– balance work & home life
– tools (re-framing), support/others to just listen to me
– being more effective by being more flexible
– coaching (listening, mindful, ask questions, unconditional positive regard for others) – take opportunities as they present themselves – kerbside/in the corridor
– coaching to achieve authenticity, constructiveness rather than just being happier

How to,coach ourselves (anthony grant)
– evaluate life/take stock
– recognise need to take responsibility rather than blame society, system etc., – recognise that there are some things you can change & those things you cannot change)
– set goals or vision or intention (not too tight – vague idea & general goal values etc.,
– break down into small steps (how you feel, celebrate success, do a few small things for others – in the traffic, at a restaurant, re-evaluate, & be kind to ourself.


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