Published: September 11, 2020
Even in the midst of the pandemic, we’re still seeing a spike in personal transformation from post-traumatic growth.
Post-traumatic growth is defined as the idea that people can be changed by their encounters with life challenges, sometimes in radically positive ways. For many people, this pandemic has helped highlight the things that are most important to us. And now, we’re ready to re-prioritize what is meaningful, simplify our lives, and make time to be connected in our relationships and focus on what matters most. It’s time to ask yourself these questions: “What brings me the greatest joy?” “What makes life worth living?” “What does ‘good health’ mean to me?”
A Time for Transformation
This pandemic has forced us all to slow down and reassess our lives. MicroStrategy conducted a survey in May of 2020 and found more than half of respondents (54%) said they now have a personal fo cus on improving their work-related skills or learning new ones due to changing priorities related to Covid-19.
What does this mean? More people are choosing to focus on themselves and what serves them. Perhaps it’s spending time with family and friends, taking new courses, or enjoying the outdoors more that’s caused people to re-evaluate their priorities. Overall, there has been a shift where individuals now look at the world with more optimism, empathy, and emotional responsiveness.
Planting the Seed for Positive Change
In a recent interview with Dr. Amy Sapola from the Nourish and Shine podcast, our founder and CEO, Sandra Scheinbaum, Ph.D., IFMCP speaks about taking control of your life and empowering yourself to make positive changes by using Positive Psychology tools to focus on “what is right with you,” using your VIA Character Strengths, and taking the focus off “what is wrong with you.”
When we begin intentionally participating in positive activities, we plant the seeds for positive change to gradually occur. Learning to leverage our strengths is a process that takes time and patience, but it is the regularity of that change that makes all the difference.
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