In this humorous TED Talk, Shawn Acher talks about developments in the field of positive psychology and the impact it can have on how we perform as students and professionals. Positive psychology is linked to social emotional learning because if emotional intelligence looks at how we can understand the effect our emotions have on our actions, positive psychology looks at how our perception of reality affects our emotions. As Acher puts it:
“…its not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. If we can change the lens we can not only change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time (TED Talk).”
Reflection Question: What is one thing you can or already do on a daily basis that will help you view the world in a more positive way? Would you or do you encourage or facilitate this practice with learners in an educational setting?
- Seligman, Martin. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being. Free Press: February, 2012.
- Seligman, Martin. The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. Mariner Books: September, 2007.