Increase Your Positive Thinking
Positive thinking is an important ingredient in success for everyone. It is a building block for achievement, motivation, self-esteem, resilience, social competence, and much more.
One of the American Psychological Association’s “10 Ways to Build Resilience” involves maintaining a hopeful outlook and expecting good things. A person who thinks positively is more likely to keep trying and to find a way to succeed, despite obstacles, than someone with a negative attitude. That goes for individuals with and without disabilities. Like the popular saying goes, “if you believe it, you can achieve it.” Believing in oneself requires positive thinking. For many, positive thinking takes practice.
Enrichment Source has several resources that enhance positive thinking.
This packet includes worksheets, activities, flash cards, and other resources that can be used in therapy, individual and group counseling, social skills groups, classrooms, at home, and more. They can be used with children, adolescents, and adults.
These resources provide opportunities to start looking at the world from a positive perspective, build hope, foster resilience, see possibilities, find solutions, develop problem-solving skills, deal effectively with challenges and persevere. They are tools for building positive automatic thought processes that can be built upon well into the future.
These resources are based on and incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, including Cognitive Reframing or Restructuring (changing the meaning one has assigned to a circumstance – weaknesses/problems as opportunities; learning how to think differently; changing “faulty thinking” and replacing it with more rational, realistic and more positive thinking; learning to stop negative thought processes and replacing negative thoughts with more positive self-talk). Aaron Beck’s theory states that depressed people think the way they do because their thinking is biased toward negative interpretations. These resources aim to challenge and prevent this kind of thinking, and help establish a positive thinking habit that can be built upon for a bright and successful future.
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