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The Flourishing Center Podcast- Life Hacks, Science and How People Put Positive Psychology into Practice

Oct 11, 2019


Flourishing Friday (FF)-Welcome to Flourishing Fridays (FF), where every Friday we bring you a Positive Psychology-based life hack that will help you to flourish.  In these episodes we look at real life application of Positive Psychology, while giving you tips and strategies to put Positive Psychology into use in all areas of your life. 

What if we rejoiced in each other’s success, triumphs, gifts, beauty as much as our own. Wouldn’t we ask “what’s good”? What are you celebrating? Thinking and saying “That’s amazing!” 

Compersion not comparison. Wikipedia defines it as “an empathetic state of happiness and joy experienced when another individual experiences happiness and joy.”  Started off as a term used in the polyamory comparison. Opposite of jealousy and envy.  Importance of savouring what’s good with others.

Jealousy is the fear that someone is going to take what you have. Envy is the desire for what other people have. Both feelings come from a scarcity mindset. 

This word exists in other languages. “Mudita,” in Sanskrit, means “the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being.” “Unne,” in Norwegian means “to be happy on someone else’s behalf.”

A pre-requisite for compersion is an abundance mindset and  a unity mindset.

Someone else winning doesn’t mean we have to lose. 

Emiliya shows us the exciting concept of Unity and benefits of experiences happiness and joy for others. It is powerful to hold the mindset that we are connected to human beings and we are all one. It is this mindset that can shift our way of being. This shift in mindset from envy and jealousy to compersion can allow for a feeling of experiences happiness and joy.  In positive psychology this idea is called active constructive responding. It is about getting excited and happy for others when they are celebrating! Asking for more positive moments and sharing good news is a form of savouring. 

Read more about Compersion in Melanie Ginsburg article

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