Imagine a life in which...
+ You can truly overcome the negativity that surrounds you, including those self-defeating thoughts.
+ You are confident that your life has meaning and purpose.
+ You are able to turn any seemingly “negative” situation into a positive one.
+ You can help others to fortify themselves against the doubts, criticisms, and negativity that surround us in the modern world – both from our own minds and outside influences.
+ You have tested and trusted tools with which to thrive.
+ You are skilled at nurturing others (your students, clients, patients, employees, or
family members) so that they, too, can experience daily enrichment and meaning.
It is possible! A Positive Psychology Ambassador excels in these abilities…and more. Bring Positive Psychology to your Community (family, friends, peers, collegues, patients, students, clients...). Bring positive psychology to LIFE and THRIVE as a PPsyA.
What is a Positive Psychology Ambassador :: PPsyA?
For most people, learning a few simple tools can move us from surviving to thriving! Positive Psychology uses strengths to improve our well-being, and a Positive Psychology Ambassador (PPsyA) uses these tools for the good of others, in whichever environment we find ourselves.
By embracing and practicing several core techniques, we can move from surviving to thriving, and help others to experience more meaning in their lives, too.
Change Starts with You!
For anyone who works with people, it’s important to not only be positive for your own mental health, but also to foster positivity in others. As a Positive Psychology Ambassador, you will learn simple and fun ways to turn conversations, classes, and interactions into positive experiences for all involved. Through proven techniques, you will learn how to turn doubt and negativity into an opportunity for positivity!
Why Become a Positive Psychology Ambassador :: PPsyA?
The science reports that being happier and more optimistic has many benefits, both for ourselves and others. Even with just one exercise from positive psychology, many people report feeling less sadness and increased levels of optimism and joy. And, when we learn to find meaning in our own lives, we can help others to do the same. It’s not about just “fixing what’s wrong”, we learn how to “build on the strong”.
Community Benefits of the PPsyA Program: Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of confrontation with teenagers, colleagues, or patients, we engaged with calm, resilience, and positivity? Learning how to increase our “upward spirals” and working from a position of strength – tools of the Positive Psychology Ambassador – can help to turn our conversations into fun and meaningful interactions. In addition, practicing gratitude (another tool of the PPsyA) can help to strengthen social bonds by being kind and helpful.
Wouldn’t it also be great if our teams or students were sick less often, paid more attention in class, and were more engaged in the learning materials? Positivity confers great health benefits, including less colds and flu’s, and even less chronic disease like heart disease.
Moreover, students who are introduced to positive psychology tools receive better grades and are able to handle setbacks in school (and life) more easily.
Personal Benefits of the PPsyA Program:
Learning how to use positive psychology tools on a consistent (daily/weekly) basis means that we will be happier and less susceptible to depression. But did you know that happier people are also more likely to be promoted and to experience success (defined by their own terms) in their careers? Happier people not only earn more, but they are also more respected by their peers. When we are living our most optimal life, we also live longer and have better health outcomes. And, best of all, we’re happier!
Who Should Be A Positive Psychology Ambassador :: PPsyA?
Positive Psychology Ambassadors come from all walks of life:
- Doctors and Nurses
- School Counselors and Administrators
- Teachers and Professors
- Mental Health Counselors/Professionals
- Sports Coaches
- Nutrition and Wellness experts
- Career and Life Coaches
- Business Leaders and Managers
- Customer Service Employees
- Troop Leaders
- Spiritual Leaders
- Anybody who wants to embrace and promote a positive mindset…and THRIVE!
How Does it Work?
The Positive Psychology program is an intensive, interactive learning experience. Designed for use in both a classroom and online setting, the program can be aligned to each person’s needs, and is a personal journey into becoming a more positive and happier person. We learn practices like fostering connection, exploring mindfulness, feeling compassion, and expressing gratitude. At the end of the course, you will possess all of the know-how needed to translate your personal wellbeing into the wellbeing of others. We’ll teach you not only the tools, but also how to determine which tool is the best fit for your specific environment and person.
The PERMA model:
We use a variety of tools and interventions (or exercises) to assist and guide you, helping you to thrive in your career and life. Based on rigorously tested science, these tools show us how to derive meaning and engagement from our work, relationships, and interactions with others.
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