Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators Book Study
DECEMBER Topic: FOCUS ON THE BRIGHT SPOTS (develops EMPOWERMENT)
We can hone our attention to focus on our strengths, assets, and skills. This helps us generally feel better and enables us to respond to challenges more effectively. Focusing on strengths also boosts our levels of self-efficacy, and we feel more empowered to influence our surroundings.
Why It's Hard to Focus on the Bright Side
Our Brains Have a Negativity Bias:
The brain perceives negative stimuli faster and more intensely than positive stimuli. Within a tenth of a second, we can store negative stimuli in our memories. Big portions of our brain and neural system activate in response to what we perceive as a threat - such as a grumpy high school junior, a curt email from a parent, or a critical comment in a staff meeting that we're leading. In comparison, positive experiences are harder for us to spot and must be focused on for 12 seconds before we can retain them in our memories.
Pause for a second and take that in: Danger lodges itself in your brain within a tenth of a second, whereas a positive experience requires at least 12 seconds to be absorbed. That's a significant difference!