Yes I’ve been a little bit quiet recently, sorry if you missed me. However this is primarily a running blog shared with fellow runners and as I haven’t been running much recently I haven’t had much to write about, and no pictures.
Instead I’ve been spending a bit more time devoted to my true passion, reading.
in the last 2 weeks I have read these 2 books
I know that many of my blogging friends are interested in positive mental attitude and so on – it appears to be essential for long distance, so I thought that I would share!
The positivity one was interesting. Lots of benefits to having a positive outlook, in all aspects of life including health. But it has to be genuine, apparently faking it is really bad for your heart. How do you learn to be genuinely positive? Through mindfulness meditation apparently. How positive do you have to be? A ratio of 3 positive episodes/ thoughts for every negative episode (and a ratio of 5:1 for a happy marriage!) can you be too positive? Yes, work teams who have a ratio of more than 13 positive comments for every negative one fail….. complacency is dangerous for improvement .
The second book, flourish is More interesting to me. Seligman explains that ‘well being’ is about more that simply feeling happy and has 5 components. He uses the acronym PERMA
P ositive emotion (i.e. Feeling happy)
E ngagement ie doing something that absorbs you
R relationships – getting along well with others
M meaning – something that gives life a purpose, spiritual for many
If you have 3 out of 5 at any one time you will feel good.
There’s more to both, so please don’t think my summary says it all and puts you off reading!