Positive moments can help you handle stress

Positive emotions can build your resilience and prepare you to handle tough times. This is an underpinning argument in positive psychology’s broaden and build theory. Here’s an example of how this works. A 2007 study showed that people exposed to positive experiences are way better at managing stress afterwards. The experience could be a funny movie or a peaceful walk in the park. It is the emotion these moments spark which makes the difference. Celebrations or positive experiences can make you feel better, which builds resilience.


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This is why positive psychology trainers and coaches focus on amplifying your positive emotions. They know that emotion regulation skills equip professionals for success. After all, challenges will happen in any job. It is your ability to manage those challenges resiliently that helps you stand out as a star employee. And learning to focus on the positive will boost your resilience.


About the author of this fast fact:

Eleanor Shakiba is trainer for professionals in high intellect fields. Her expertise is in using positive psychology to build high performing leaders and teams. Eleanor works with trainers and HR specialists to build exceptional organisations and people. She is the author of the Positive Psychology Toolkit for HR and L&D practitioners. She also runs a range of retreats and workshops for trainers and facilitators.