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The Journey

From personal story submissions, five individuals were selected to be supported by the Everyday Matters team: author of The Happiness Advantage and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor, life coach Michelle Clos, and award-winning video producer Kristen Adams. These individuals represented top-rated topics as voted on by the community, including Brenda (Relationships), Connie (Empowerment), Elizabeth (Wellness), Jim (Family) and Sallie (Work and Education).

Overview

Once you start using the principles of positive psychology, the positive changes quickly stack up.  Being happier in your own life can be an effective tool for spreading positivity — even helping each person around us be positive too. This ripple effect can have positive benefits for friends and family members who are also living with the challenges MS can bring.

Positive emotions are infectious. Make them a powerful tool in your interpersonal relations. The happier everyone is around you, the happier you will become — and vice versa.

Keep the momentum going

Start your own ripple effect and reach out.  Write a two-minute positive email or note, or leave a voicemail, praising or thanking a family member or someone in your social circle.

Stay connected

Visit the Everyday Matters group and share how you plan to keep the momentum going.
  • MSconnection.org: Find Discussions, groups, peer support, and blogs, all in one place.
  • Support groups: Meet other people near you affected by MS. Search self-help groups and programs in your area.
  • Volunteer with the National MS Society.

Additional resources

Authentic Happiness Online Self-Assessments- suggested questionnaires:
  • Brief Strengths Test – Measures 24 character strengths
  • Authentic Happiness Inventory – Measures overall happiness
  • Compassionate Love Scale – Measures your tendency to support, help and understand other people
  • Approaches to Happiness – Measures three paths to happiness
  • General Happiness – Assesses enduring happiness
 
The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin Seligman, PhD (2004), Available on Amazon.
 
Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor (2013),   Available on Amazon.                    
              
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor (2010), Available on Amazon.

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