Using Positive Psychology to Respond Healthily - dummies

Using Positive Psychology to Respond Healthily

By Averil Leimon, Gladeana McMahon

Part of Positive Psychology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Remember that harmful repetitive habits are the bane of the well-lived life. Taking the steps in this table can help you to tackle bad habits head-on.

Habit Healthy Response
Stop being angry! Anger is a primitive emotion geared to the fight or flight
stress reaction. Cut down the amount of time you spend feeling
hostile.
Cheer up, it may never happen! Start looking on the bright side of life. Find the joy in
ordinary things. Don’t waste time on negativity.
Get a life! Engaging in activities with other people is good for you.
Having a variety of activities to fall back on can reduce the
negative impact of challenging times.
Cut back on harmful habits Habits like drinking too much or smoking, especially where
they’re connected to feeling low, are really destructive. Get
help to change.