The Art of Strengths Coaching

M is for Maintenance And Magic In Your Life

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People want to get both the maintenance and the magic right in their lives. They want to make things work. They also want to experience a sense of wonder. Let’s explore how you can apply these ideas in your own life.

Maintenance In
Your Life

Looking at your own life, what do you to maintain your health and happiness? Different people give different answers to this question. Here are some that individuals give.

The specific things I do to get the
maintenance right in my life are to:

Eat the right food … Get enough sleep … Organise my time properly … Do regular exercise … Get enough money to support our lifestyle. 

Spend quality time with the family … Spend time with positive people … Do satisfying work … Have regular health checks.

People need enough money to maintain their lives on an economic level. They also need enough encouragement to thrive on an emotional level. Failing to do so may affect their health and happiness.

Barbara Fredrickson’s work on positivity, for example, shows that having positive emotions increases our ability to live flourishing lives. The key is to increase:

The amount of positive emotions we have in relation to negative emotions.

We need a ratio of around 3 to 1 to lift us, says Barbara. This increases our resilience and ability to flourish. Unfortunately for many people the ratio is 2 to 1. For some it is 1 to 1 or less.

Some people dispute these figures, but the general principle holds true. You can explore your own positivity ratio via the following link.

http://www.positivityratio.com/

The test is a good starting point. The key, however, is that people can increase the amount of positivity they experience. Here are some of the things that people can focus on to maintain their health and happiness.

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Building and broadening such emotions improves our ability to enjoy life. They also help us to deal with negative emotions and grow from disappointments.

Let’s return to your own life. How can you continue to do the things that enable to you to maintain a healthy and happy life?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific things you can do to continue to get the maintenance right in your life.

Describe the specific benefits – both for yourself and other people – of getting the maintenance right in your life.

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Magic In
Your Life

Getting the maintenance right can provide a platform for doing other things. So how do people add magic to their lives? Here are some answers that individuals give to this question.

The things I do to add
magic to my life are to:

Count my blessings each day … Encourage people … Play the guitar in a band … Spend time by the sea with my partner … Go skiing … Visit beautiful places.

Continue to learn … Cultivate the garden … Do wood sculpture … Teach motivated students … Do stimulating projects at work … Try to keep giving to people.

Looking at your own life, how do you add the magic? Some people enjoy doing the simple things. They love encouraging other people, sitting in front of a fire on winter days, walking their dog and letting their mind wander or whatever. Some enjoy throwing themselves into stimulating projects and perhaps experiencing a sense of flow.

Magic feeds the spirit and the soul. It fires our imagination and provides the strength to overcome setbacks. Looking back, we often remember the moments when we were encouraged or enjoyed a sense of wonder. Such times can lead to epiphanies that enable us to shape our future lives.

People need to get the maintenance right, but it also helps if they can experience magic. This can help them to feel truly alive.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe the specific things you can do to continue to add the magic to your life.  

Describe the specific benefits – both for yourself and other people – of adding the magic to your life.

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