Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. 

During the Coronavirus outbreak, many of us are experiencing powerful emotions that may be challenging to our mental health. Whether it’s a fear of catching the virus or stress related to job insecurity, these emotions are real and they are powerful. 

As this uncertainty builds and impacts our mental and physical health, we may shift into sadness or even anger—leading to rash or emotional decisions that are harmful to our present selves and our future. 

In these moments, it’s how we react to challenges and tough times is the true test. 

Luckily, we all have the tools inside of us to be able to positively cope with hard situations. But being able to access the tools in our shed is the real challenge. Maybe they’re behind “boxes” full of years’ worth of emotion or need to be dusted off. But at least they’re there. 

These tools, like gratitude, happiness, positivity, meaning, and forgiveness, are all part of life-changing scientific research called Positive Psychology. 

What is Positive Psychology?

Psychology as a field has a reputation as being a practice for people who have had trauma or other “real” problems in their lives and has a connotation that there is something wrong that needs to be fixed. Positive psychology, on the other hand, says that people are already well and with the addition of positive psychology techniques, they can dial up the good in life even more. 

According to the University of Pennsylvania, “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.”

In short, positive psychology is the scientific study of finding what creates your most positive life.

One of the key facets of positive psychology is that it’s not about figuring out what you’re doing wrong—it’s about highlighting what you’re doing right and teaching you how to do more of it. Instead of spending your life trying to fix or improve your perceived weaknesses, it’s about using your strengths even more. 

It’s a method of living your best life every single day through the emotional practice of things like:

  • Optimism
  • Gratitude
  • Forgiveness
  • Confidence
  • Well-being
  • Connection
  • Hope

The field of positive psychology teaches us that merely shifting our perspective can lead to a happier and healthier well-being, without having to make any real physical changes. If you want to learn more, we highly recommend watching this TED Talk about the field:

Our New Positive Psychology Course

We have launched a new course called Tenacity for Tough Times, designed to help people unlock their potential through best practices from the field of positive psychology.

Dr. Thia created this course after studying all the benefits of psychology and seeing its impact on the people in her life. As life has continued to change in the past few weeks, she realized

that people everywhere deserved this same life-changing insights and strategies.

 “As a life-long learner, I began studying positive psychology to increase my ability to thrive in times of change. This information has become so powerful in my life, I know I can’t just keep it only for my use—it is too important! Unleashing strengths and knowing the most impactful strategies to focus on makes all the difference when times are tough.”

– Dr. Thia

Our new Tenacity for Tough Times course is designed to unearth all tools you already have inside you to be able to live your most positive life. Tenacity for Tough Times is a high-touch, high-tech course taught through MPower Co’s online platform and includes weekly communication between students and Dr. Thia. With at most 50 other classmates, this class provides individualized support and strategies that make sense for your specific physical and psychological situation. 

Whether you feel stable in your emotions or are a little more anxious and insecure during these times, this course will help you realize the potential of positivity and how to unlock it in your everyday life. It is designed to help any person, at any point in their life, live a happier and more fulfilled life.

And while people are overwhelmed, uncertain, or otherwise concerned because of COVID-19, the course will benefit anyone at any time. It’s about being prepared for tough times, whether you are in them or you will face them one day. Tough times are not limited to COVID-19—they can include threats to our health and way of life, changing times, the complex process of aging, changing relationships, or other major events we don’t welcome. 

If you are ready to be your most tenacious self, and live life more positively, check out our course Tenacity for Tough Times on our website for more information.