The Scenario – You’ve experienced hardship, and you’re struggling to bounce back. The only advice anyone can seem to offer is, “look on the bright side,” which only frustrates you because you can’t seem to find one. Is there any relation between positive emotion and resilience?
Can a positive attitude help us bounce back in life?
A recent study based on Dr. Barbara Fredrickson’s “Broaden and Build” theory, found that positive emotions cultivate and increase ego resilience, which in turn promotes life satisfaction. Ego resilience refers to the strength and ability of an individual to adequately adapt to different, sometimes uncomfortable, environments.
How does it lead to greater life satisfaction?
1. Produce Positive Emotions
- People with greater ego resilience tend to produce more positive emotions in stressful situations
- Ego resilience enables people to bounce back from tragedy and hardship more easily than those who have weaker ego resilience
3. Avoid Depression
- The more resilient a person’s ego, the less likely he or she is to become depressed
The Insight – While it’s easier to back down when faced with difficulties, it’s more gratifying to overcome them. Prepare yourself for life’s challenges by strengthening your ego with positive emotions. You will succeed, grow stronger, and develop a sense of pride in your strength and abilities.
How has resilience served you?
Creating Positive Perspectives for Life