Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Positivity: The Sunny Side of Life

People exceptionally talented in the Positivity theme have contagious enthusiasm. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
Clifton StrengthsFinder

Hannah Miller, TeamMates’ Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator, describes her #1 Theme of Positivity as bubby. The power and edge of someone with Positivity is that “everyone feels better about life when they are around.” For those that I know with high Positivity, including Miller, this is definitely true. Miller says that she needs to start every single day with laughter before moving onto everything else. Her laughter is contagious and proves to be the best medicine if problems in life come our way. 

Positivity, like many strengths, comes with barrier labels. Miller says that often times her Positivity can be construed as fake or surface level, when in reality, her ever-present Positivity is her most real self. People high in Positivity have a glass-half-full lens towards life; they tend to see good in even the worst of circumstances. Miller says that in hard times her Positivity lets her see the silver lining; she can consistently point to the good that has or will come.

If you or your mentee has high Positivity, consider placing humor and joy at the center of your relationship. Tell your best jokes to each other, share stories of times you have made others laugh, or look forward to the future to see what positive experiences lie ahead. Whatever your mentoring relationship looks like, by honoring the Positivity in each other, you will walk away from each visit with a smile on your faces. 

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