Issue 170 - 02 | The Key to Resilience? A Positive Outlook

By Laurie J. Cameron
Published Nov. 14, 2018 12:00 p.m.
“Researchers find that people who are resilient tend to be more positive and optimistic compared to those who are less-resilient. They are better able to regulate their emotions. And they are able to maintain their optimism through the most challenging situations.

Resilience, a positive outlook, and optimism are connected. So, is having a positive outlook something you are born with, or can it be developed?

Good news. A positive outlook can be cultivated with mindfulness. You can learn to choose your mindset and to shift how you relate to your experience, so that you have less stress and more joy. Mindfulness is a capacity that allows you to deliberately direct your attention towards the positive instead of being tossed around by random thoughts and turbulent emotions. What we see in stories of positive outlook and resilience is that the protagonists learn to 'choose their story'—they develop the skill of directing their attention to the positive and making meaning of what happens by filtering through a positive lens.”

About Laurie J. Cameron | Laurie J. Cameron is the author of The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm and Joy, and is known for her energy and insight when sharing the science of human flourishing and development. Laurie integrates emotional intelligence, positive psychology, mindfulness, compassion and neuroscience into everyday language and practical strategies for modern work and life. Laurie is the founder and CEO of PurposeBlue –delivering mindfulness-based leadership programs in the US and Europe and is a senior mindfulness teacher with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute born at Google, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being GMU, and lectures on Mindful Leadership at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Formerly a leader at Accenture, she works with Deloitte, federal intelligence agencies, Capital One, NASDAQ, the Aspen Institute, Cisco, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Laurie, a TEDx speaker, received the Five Mindfulness Trainings in a quiet sunrise ceremony from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given the dharma name Fresh Lovingkindness of the Heart.

You can connect with her online at: website: twitter: @lauriecameron linkedin: instagram: @lauriejcameron

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