66. A BRIGHTER PURPOSE Kelly Miller: Practitioner Profiler

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EPISODE 66: A BRIGHTER PURPOSE

Practitioner Profiler (PP)- Welcome to our Positive Psychology Practitioner Profiler where we highlight ordinary people that are doing extra ordinary things! Each practitioner is one of our graduates of the CertifIcate in Positive Psychology Program. Find out the exciting ways people are putting the science into practice within their Communities, Organizations and Lives.

In this episode, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya CEO & Founder, The Flourishing Center highlights Kelly Miller, the creator of a Brighter Purpose. A Brighter Purpose was ignited to create a movement of humans moving toward flourishing lives. After the loss of a dear family member, Kelly Miller has made it her mission to help as many as she can to understand how malleable we are as humans, and how powerful our minds can be. With more people thriving with the benefits of accurate, intentional, and resilient thinking, the better our world will become.

Kelly teaches people about the science of Positive Psychology, which is the study of optimal human functioning. It aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive. Positive psychology is about helping people move “north of neutral” (Seligman, 2002). It is about building what is right, not just fixing what is wrong. Practitioners of positive psychology live approach based lives (Peterson, 2003).

Kelly shares her personal experience with her daughters anxiety. “When I witnessed my daughter’s first panic attack (over a pair of pants), I really didn’t know what to do. She was very obviously in pain. My mothering skills were simply not enough to help her and it was agonizing for both of us.” This is why she created the book, Jane’s Worry Elephant. She created it so that other parents know what science has shown can help children. So that other kids experiencing anxiety can have some tools of their own. Anxiety is painful. She wants to help ease the pain, and to let other families know that they are not alone.

Listen how Kelly uses Positive Psychology copings skills to make changes in the world. Her go to positive psychology tool as a mother is the 54321 technique. Which is where you acknowledge: 5 things around you, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you hear, 2 things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste. Worry Box is another tool that helps open up conversation and allows worry to be placed on the box.

You can reach Kelly Miller: https://abrighterpurposecoach.com

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