On Being Positive

January 12, 19 and 26, 2018 (3-part series)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 224, Student Union Building

Part of Dalhousie's Thrive mental wellness initiative (dal.ca/thrive)


      •This program consists of three half-days. Please attend all three half days. See details below.
      •Please arrive at each of the three sessions of this program scent free.

On Being Positive

Mental Health in the workplace has finally been getting increased attention these days. Every day, more of us are having open conversations about Depression, Anxiety, and Stress. We're finally learning how these things interfere with us being our best selves.

However, focusing on disease, disorder, and the negative side of life can only help us achieve so much. It's equally important to examine the positive side of the Mental Health equation: how can we achieve the state of feeling great? How can we boost our skills to achieve a higher and sustainable level of wellbeing?

This interactive workshop series offers a chance to broaden the discussion of Mental Health by exploring some of the foundations for Wellbeing, Resilience, and even Happiness.

Week One

We will examine some of the foundations of understanding Happiness, Wellbeing, and Resilience. We will explore:

- the differences between mental health and mental illness and how these tie together.

- the factors that contribute to positive emotions in our lives and in our work.

- the benefits of pursuing positive emotions and wellbeing.

- some practical tips for achieving a sustainable positive state of mind.

Week Two

During this week, we will look closely at some of the proven strategies to improve our personal wellbeing. We will learn about:

- the Losada Line and the Positivity Ratio and how these make difference in our wellbeing.

- some tips on how to strengthen our abilities to see more solutions to everyday problems.

- the importance of challenging one's own perspective to create an open mind.

- real time actions we can take to improve our capacity for wellbeing and thriving.

Week Three

In the final week, we'll turn our attention outwardly to the people we interact with: students, co-workers, and friends/family. We'll look at:

- the importance of relationships in our journey towards health and wellbeing.

- how our positive perspective can be contagious.

- how promoting other people's wellbeing can further enhance our own wellbeing.

- some simple tactics to use to help others achieve their best selves.

What past participants have said:

This workshop is the single best workshop I've ever attended. It was timely for where I am at in my life (professional and personal). And I feel fully empowered to choose for myself my intentional activities that will bring me happiness.

I find [the instructor to be] a bright person with lots of experiences and insights in his field, spreading his knowledge to others. The course could not be better.

Michael is one of the single most engaging presenters I've ever had the pleasure of learning from.

It was perfect.

Our Presenter: Michael MacDonald has over 15 years of experience in the field of Health Management. He has worked closely with employers, clinicians, and employees to support optimal health and productivity. Throughout his career, his focus has been on helping employees in a variety of settings overcome the limits of any mental health illness they may be experiencing.