Find calm in the midst of everyday chaos. This strengths-based workbook offers a unique step-by-step approach grounded in positive psychology to help you reduce chronic stress in a busy, frazzled world.
Chronic stress is a serious problem for many people, and can lead to a host of health and mental health problems, such as heart disease, anxiety, and depression. If you’re one of millions who are feeling overworked, overstressed, and overloaded (and chances are, you are!) this much-needed workbook offers a refreshing new approach to help you find peace of mind and start living the life you truly want to live.
In this evidence-based guide, a psychologist offers an innovative strengths-based stress reduction plan grounded in positive psychology. You’ll find tips and strategies for identifying your key character strengths—such as perseverance, social intelligence, bravery, self-control, and more—and discover how these strengths can help you cultivate greater happiness, better relationships with others, and improve your overall health.
Character strengths are a unique catalyst for both happiness and stress management. The skills and practices offered in this workbook can be learned by anyone, because the capacity for these strengths exist in everyone—including you!
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
As a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader, Ryan has offered several hundred presentations on positive psychology topics across the globe. He is author of several books, including Character Strengths Interventions and Mindfulness and Character Strengths; and coauthor of Movies and Mental Illness, Positive Psychology at the Movies, and The Power of Character Strengths. He’s penned hundreds of articles for the general public on character strengths, and more than eighty scholarly articles and chapters. He lives with his wife and three kids outside Cincinnati, OH. His highest strengths are hope, love, curiosity, honesty, appreciation of beauty, and fairness.
Foreword writer Neal H. Mayerson, PhD, is chairman of the VIA Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology, and has worked in hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings for fifteen years. As a psychotherapist, he specializes in chronic pain, eating disorders, and couples therapy.
Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD, is a leading figure in the global education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is education director of the renown VIA Institute on Character, a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati, OH, that leads the advancement of the science of character strengths. He is an award-winning psychologist; certified coach; annual instructor at the University of Pennsylvania; and author and coauthor of ten books, nearly one hundred academic papers, and several-hundred user-friendly articles.
Niemiec’s books include the best-selling The Power of Character Strengths; and other leading books, including The Strengths-Based Workbook for Stress Relief, Character Strengths Interventions, and Mindfulness and Character Strengths. As a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader, he has offered several hundred presentations on positive psychology topics across the globe. He is a fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association, and serves on their Council of Advisors. He lives in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife and three young, zestful children. His highest strengths are hope, love, honesty, fairness, spirituality, and appreciation of beauty.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Your Strengths Can Reduce Stress 1
1 Your Current Stress and Well-Being Levels 17
2 Assess Your Strengths 41
Part 1 Cultivate A Strengths Mind-Set
3 Respond to Stress with Your Strengths 73
4 Learn to Spot Strengths 97
5 Make Strengths Habits to Turn Stress Around 111
Part 2 Ways Strengths Can Boost Your Daily Resourcefulness
6 Apply Strengths to Work and Health 135
7 Overcome Stress in Relationships 149
8 Engage the Present Moment to Build Confidence and Resilience 171
9 Find Meaning and Spread Goodness 187
Conclusion: Strengths Transform Stressful Challenges into Opportunities for Growth 197
Resources on Strengths 205
Niemiec resides in Loveland, OH.