BRAIN HEALTH | 6.11.2018 | BY ABBIE ELDRIDGE, MS, CCC-SLP
“What you focus on grows” ~ Esther Hicks
Following a TBI, focus is often placed on areas of weakness or deficit. While it is important to recognize areas of change or challenge, it is equally important to acknowledge and appreciate areas of strengths, and to use these positive qualities to aid in healing and thriving.
During our recent LoveYourBrain Retreat, we focused on the theme of “Cultivating Our Strengths”. Through various reflections and exercises, we learned about the values and qualities that shape who we are and how we relate to others. This strength-based approach helped shift the focus from “what’s wrong” to “what’s strong”, and helped us think about ways to use these characteristics to overcome challenges and increase happiness and well-being.
Our group shared a wonderful mix of character strengths, including: Bravery, Kindness, Humor, Creativity, and Love! What do you see as character strengths in yourself? How might you use these strengths to help you each day? How might these qualities contribute to others?
“Thank you” to Mary Jane Dieter, MSW of Appreciative Pathways and Steve Kuhns for introducing the VIA Survey and the theme of Character Strengths to help our community discover, explore and act upon our strengths.