'Happier at Work' seminar focuses on positive psychology
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Jan. 23, 2014
Diane Coon, a blog writer and author of IdealatWork.com, demonstrated the power of positive psychology during her “Happier at Work” seminar at the Enfield Public Library on Jan. 15. Coon’s goal is to give people tools to become their ideal self at work.
One attendee expressed interest in learning skills that would help her better cope with problems at work. “I see people wasting money at work and if I need to order extra supplies, I get yelled at,” she said. “How am I supposed to handle that?” One tip that Coon had for the woman was to try to see the positive side of the person that is giving you grief. She recommended trying to think of what it is that makes that person an asset to your company. Coon suggested that you realize that you don’t get along with that person, but realize that they may actually be good for the business.
“Conflict will happen as long as humans are working together,” said Coon. “It is just in our nature to have our own opinions, and we are bound to have conflicts with others who may not have the same goals or priorities.” This is what led Coon to study positive psychology. Her quest led her to take part in several programs that are geared towards positive thinking. “Positive psychology is the science of human flourishing. It focuses on what is working. You need to recognize your strengths and successes. An example of this would be looking at the glass half full and not half empty,” said Coon.
Coon started a blog two years ago and she strives to make people happy. Coon feels that if she has brightened just one person’s day, she has accomplished something worthwhile. “Being positive takes work,” said Coon. “Sometimes I find myself being negative or short with people. I quickly recognize it and strive to change my mindset. We are all going to have moments where we slip back into the negative way of thinking and sometimes snap at others. That is when we need to step back and realize what has just happened and correct it.”
According to Coon, the happiest people have the following assets in their lives: strong relationships, appreciation and gratitude for the things in their lives, good coping skills and meaningful work. Good relationships are thought to enhance mental and physical health and increases resilience. “If you invest time and energy into relationships, pursue new relationships and allow for conflict between you and others, you will be much happier in life,” said Coon. “Some people have a great deal in their lives and they are not happy, but others who have far less can actually be much happier in life. It is how you look at things that makes all the difference in the world. This is where positive psychology comes into play. To learn to succeed, you must learn to fail.”
Coon will be offering another free seminar at Longmeadow Public Library on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the “Happier at Work” seminar, visit www.IdealatWork.com or email Coon at firstname.lastname@example.org.