My Journey With a MAPP
Change is something that we all experience whether we are conscious of it or not and we don’t always look back on the journey of change that we have taken. In this blog, I review and reflect the journey of change that I undertook during the two years of my Masters in Applied Positive Psychology course. Although there were positive and negative situations in that period, I found that there were more positives and that I was better equipped to cope with the negative situations. For me, even applying for the course took courage for me venture outside my comfort zone, whilst overcoming the fear of the unknown and yet at the same time, I knew that it was going to be something that would enrich my life. Funnily enough, throughout the duration of the course I was taken back to my authentic self, who valued gratitude, helping others to excel and live a meaningful life. Somehow that had been lost a little in the treadmill of life.
For example, learning about and applying mindfulness had a big impact in the way that I interacted with friends, family and colleagues. From a family perspective, this was invaluable, especially as a dad. I was able to get to know my son better and I felt that as a result, our bond grew stronger and I was better equipped to give my him what he wanted, to help him grow into the best possible person that he can be. This isn’t to say that there weren’t negative situations, more that I was more aware of them and able to manage them and reframe the situation positively.
My passion for the research and application of strengths and strengths spotting have enriched my life enormously. It has changed my outlook on and approach to life, in that I am more able to see the best in people and situations. Where previously I may see the bad in people or be dismissive of them, I am now better able to see the strengths and positive intentions behind their behaviour.
I feel that throughout the course I have made positive changes as a person. That’s not to claim that I am fault free or that I don’t make mistakes, as I think that’s human nature to be like that. I wouldn’t want to suppress instinctive emotions and reactions, but I am more aware that I want to flourish and to ensure that I bring joy into the life of others. I acknowledge that this journey of change and growth is something that I want to, and would even go as far to say, must, devote the rest of my life to. Change is something that is a constant in our lives and should be embraced rather than feared as it often is. Change can be an opportunity to learn something new, add to our talents and give more to the people and world around us.
I’m looking forward to adding to my journey of change by carrying out further research and application, so as to expand the number and variety of Positive Psychology interventions that could help make a positive difference in people’s lives and those around them.
‘We Are The Positive Psychology People’