Learn how to incorporate resilience interventions into your personal and professional life with Dr. Karen Reivich. In this course, you are exposed to the foundational research in resilience, including protective factors such as mental agility and optimism. Several types of resilience interventions are explored including cognitive strategies; strategies to manage anxiety and increase positive emotions such as gratitude; and a critical relationship enhancement skill. Throughout the course, you will hear examples of individuals using resilience skills in their personal and professional lives. Suggested prerequisites: Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science, Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions and Positive Psychology: Character, Grit & Research Methods.
Resilience and Optimism
-In this module, you will learn the definition of resilience and understand the protective factors that make one resilient. You will differentiate between helplessness and mastery orientations, and understand the thinking styles underlying each. You will summarize major outcomes of optimism, and the mediators of those outcomes, as well as assess your own levels of optimism, using a questionnaire. Finally, you will hear about personal and organizational outcomes of optimism, and will be able to apply these concepts to your own life.
Cognitive Approaches to Resilience: Strategies to Increase Optimism and Resilient Thinking
-In this module, you will learn about thinking traps and how they undercut resilience. You will learn about five common thinking traps and identify which you are prone to, in addition to the effects of those styles of thinking. You will practice Real-Time Resilience, a strategy to challenge non-resilient thinking. Finally, you will hear about personal and organizational outcomes of optimism, and plan how to apply these concepts to your own life.
Managing Anxiety and Increasing Positive Emotions Like Gratitude
-In this module, you will learn the definition of catastrophic thinking and identify the effects it has on physiology, attention and contingency planning. You will experiment with several non-cognitive strategies to decrease anxiety, including Deliberate Breathing. You will be introduced to the Broaden and Build theory of positive emotions, and will be able to describe the effects of positive emotions on resilience. Finally, you will relate research and examples of gratitude to your own life and develop a plan for a gratitude practice.
Leveraging Character Strengths and Strengthening Relationships
-In this module, you will identify your own character strengths using a well-validated questionnaire. Next, you will describe how to use your character strengths in stressful situations to increase resilience by creating a buffer of positive emotion. Additionally, you will learn the research on active constructive responding, and identify their predominant responding style with important people in their lives. Finally, you will hear examples of inculcating resilience into organizations, and plan how to incorporate resilience strategies into your personal and professional lives.
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Cheryl completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is a GREAT class! Why? It's clear after taking this class that resilience is a skill and it can be learned. I'm so happy I came across this resilience class. These are the skills I wish everyone could have the opportunity to learn. I feel like I'm...
This is a GREAT class! Why? It's clear after taking this class that resilience is a skill and it can be learned. I'm so happy I came across this resilience class. These are the skills I wish everyone could have the opportunity to learn. I feel like I'm on the road to practicing ESSENTIAL mind skills for not only coping with the bad times but fully feeling the good. I can easily see something like this being put into middle school, high school, college, and workplace curriculum.
The class is organized well and has solid examples of the most common"thinking traps" (thoughts that get in the way of being resilient). Most importantly, it has solid examples of what you CAN DO to shift away from those unhelpful thoughts, right now. It's modeled in the videos. It's actionable stuff.
But it's not just about how you can shift "nego" thinking. It's also about active positive thinking, gratitude, and how to build on positive emotions and why you should care. Broadening your positive emotion spectrum really made sense. Again, why this class was so powerful was seeing how some of the people featured are cultivating positivity. That's what I want most as a student of life - examples and role modeling. This class has it and makes the strategies and suggestions more actionable. Seeing positive images in someone's home and modeled behavior helped me pay attention and commit to the strategies provided.
I thank Karen Reivich and team for her amazing work on this MOOC. I give her a "Yeah! baby!" instead of a boring "Good Job". I hope she and her team count it in their 3 positives for the week gratitude reflection.
Thank you for including all the quick, to-the-point VERBAL summaries of science and study findings without giving us horrible graphs or "barf" data to numb out on. Karen did a great job describing a study and summing up the findings to support the topic in a few sentences. Presentations with graphs, and pie charts, and the like, really REALLY suck. Who cares? Everybody, please follow Karen's lead! Just summarize quick and get to the point.
If I were to change anything about this MOOC, it would be this very minor thing: I would have appreciated seeing even more images. My brain craves varied images. I loved seeing what images help people in their homes. It was inspiring. So if you can collect more and fold them into this MOOC, wow, that would be super amazing. It would be great to see some YouTube links to images like that in the Resources section/Readings for this class.