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Overview of the topic:
To say we’re living through challenging times sounds like both a cliché and an understatement. With the constant stream of news about the pandemic, the uncertainty created by rolling lockdowns and border closures around the world, and the related economic woes that have accompanied these, have triggered tremendous anxiety and fatigue for both staff and students alike.
However, when people look back on their lives, it is usually the most difficult challenges that gave them a new perspective or resulted in the greatest growth. Of course, in the midst of a crisis, it doesn’t feel that way. But there are steps that can be taken to cope during difficult times, using techniques from the field of positive psychology. This session looks at how we can close in on the G.A.P. by focusing on Gratitude, Attitude, and avoiding false Platitudes. It provides specific advice on techniques to shape our perspectives and behaviour to become more productive, effective, and happier.