Join the fun! Two Wishful Thinking Works workshops in Cleveland, Ohio in April

Patrice Koerper  Life Coach Wishful Thinking woman and treesOne of the best parts of my life coaching practice is being able to take interesting, helpful, scientific research and breaking it down into user-friendly formats and activities for real folks – like you and me – to use. 

I’m thrilled to announce that on Saturday, April 20th from 1-4 p.m., I will be in Cleveland, Ohio doing just that as I present a 3-hour workshop chockfull of great ideas and information to help women of all ages re-energize or redirect their lives.

And, on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m., I will be presenting a special “Flourishing Together” workshop for moms and daughters, ages 9-12, to help them discover new ways to work together to build their self-esteem and confidence.

If you are in the Cleveland area, please plan to  join us for one of these fantastic workshops, if not, consider bringing a Wishful Thinking Works workshop to your part of the world!

Don’t put off the changes you’ve been considering.

Spring into them, and launch a new you!

For more info on my “Re-energize and Redirect” April 20th workshop in Cleveland, click here.

For more info on my “Flourishing Together” April 27th workshop in Cleveland, click here.

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Each and every one of the above Wishful Thinking Works options can help you create the life you really want. Pick one, and go for it!

Doing what you love.

Nothing gets me more excited than doing what I love. Today I’m meeting with a group of Wishful Thinking Women, and I can’t wait. I love talking with interested, talented women, who are exploring their lives, sharing their thoughts and moving toward their dreams.

I hope wherever you are and whatever you are up to this weekend, your life is filled with fun, flow and fulfillment, because that is the key to flourishing, PERMAnently!

Let us know what you are excited about these days. Your happiness, can inspire others. Go for it!

Flourish PERMAnently

Give me a P.  “P”   Give me an E.  “E” 

  Give me a R, M, A!   “R, M, A!”

What does it spell? PERMA! Louder. PERMA???


Now that I have your attention, I would like to tell you about Dr. Martin Seligman’s acronym for what we need to flourish in our lives – PERMA. My explanation comes from the pages of his newest book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, which I have mentioned several times in recent posts.

The book is 300+ pages of:

  • what’s working in positive psychology (lots)
  • stories about how positive psychology got to where it is today (It’s growing by leaps and bounds and finding its way into schools, businesses, and the United State Army – more on that later.)
  • a how-to manual for those interested in improving their lives (that’s us)
  • and a guide for where Seligman thinks positive psychology, we, and the world should direct our attention next.

Ambitious? Yes.  Interesting? Quite!  Insightful? Undeniably.  Helpful? Unbelievably.  Readable? Well, yes, but my guess is not everyone will find it the page-turner that I did. (I say this only because I have learned from the kind and well-meaning feedback of friends and family throughout the years that one woman’s non-fiction dream, can be another person’s sleeping potion.) So just incase you don’t pick-up the book, I will keep sharing what’s inside it.

Which brings me back to PERMA, and how to create the life your really want from Seligman’s five pillars of well-being.

P – POSITIVE EMOTION (happiness, fun, gratitude – a solid base)

E – ENGAGEMENT (flow – losing ourselves or becoming so absorbed in our work, our hobbies, the moment)

R – RELATIONSHIPS (those that touch our hearts, our souls and our minds)

M – MEANING or a sense of purpose and fulfillment in our lives

A – ACCOMPLISHMENT (learning and moving forward with our endeavors big and small; knowing and using your strengths)

Put them all together and what do you have? PERMA and folks, who are flourishing by living happy, interesting, fulfilling lives that they created, embrace, value and appreciate.

I’ll be posting more info about Seligman’s 5 factor approach for flourishing. PERMA is much more than a to-do-list. It’s about creating the life you really want, and can help you focus your attention and efforts on what’s ahead for you, not the past. There’s a big difference and that difference can help you flourish – PERMAnently!

To read more about PERMA, click here.

PERMA is definitely one of those Wishful Thinking kind-of things that work!

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Post-Traumatic Growth

Did you know that growth is the most common outcome from traumatic situations?

Martin P. Seligman, Ph.D., a leading researcher, author and professor in the field of positive psychology notes in his most recent book, Flourishing: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, that Post-Traumatic Growth occurs much more often than the onset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder even in some of the worst situations.

“To our surprise, individuals who’d experienced one awful event had more intense strengths (and therefore higher well-being) than individuals who had none.”

Seligman’s research is in agreement with that of many psychologists, who have been studying Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) for decades. And, they are not alone – ancient philosophers and theologians also believed that traumatic events could lead to transformation and growth.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) is so well-known that many folks are beginning to think it’s inevitable, and it’s not. My goal is not to take anything away from those who suffer from this debilitating disorder. PSTD is real and serious. It’s been listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) since 1980. And, there is a huge body of research on how to treat PSTD and there’s great success in doing so.

My goal is to make sure that we know that Post-Traumatic Growth is possible and happens with greater frequency than PSTD. Not only do individuals, who face major trauma live happy and fulfilling lives after dealing with the trauma, many flourish and experience high-levels of personal growth as Seligman states in Flourishing:

“A substantial number of people also show intense depression and anxiety after extreme adversity, often to the level of PSTD, but then they grow. In the long in the long run, they arrive at a higher level of psychological functioning than before.”

Good to know? You bet! With all the negative news we hear daily, combined with the growing perception that experiencing major trauma automatically dooms people to a life filled with sadness, fear and possibly the inability to function effectively, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, depressed, or to give up hope.

I think it’s healthy and important to have all the info we can before we jump to any emotional or psychological conclusions. Post-Traumatic Growth is good news and worth sharing. Letting folks know that it is exists, is more prevalent than most of us could ever imagine, and there are ways to create and to develop PTG is a good thing. I’ll be sharing more on the research and the related recommendations in the near future.

In the meantime, do not give up, no matter what you have faced or have been facing ever since. There is a light at the end-of the tunnel, and my belief is, if we know that we will all be more likely to keep it lit.

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