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48 | Resilience + Positive Psychology | with Katie Curran

Today I am joined by a good friend, accomplished athlete, and fellow lover of movement, Katie Curran. Katie has her Phd in Positive Psychology, and today we are talking about an important topic that is something you can actually cultivate yourself: resilience.   Katie's Background Katie Curran, MAPP, is the founder of Proof Positive (www.proofpositive.org). She's dedicated to enhancing human flourishing through the science and skills of positive psychology. Under Katie’s leadership, Proof Positive designs and delivers on customized learning strategies that fuse the cutting- edge science of positive psychology with the trusted tools of human behavior to produce lasting and meaningful results. She holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Psychology from Towson University.   What is your movement history?   I played basketball, I loved to swim, and then I spent three years dedicated to work. In those three years, I was not moving. After I realized I needed to be my own motivator, I bought a bike and spent time doing triathlons before finding yoga. What led you to a degree in positive psych?   Eight or nine years into my career I realized that I needed to find a way to reconnect to what I was doing, or I needed to quit. I found my passion spending a summer in Africa, and when I came back I discovered positive psychology.   What do you find people are the least resilient with?   I think we’re the least resilient when we stop doing those day to day things that enable our resilience. It’s important to remember that we can put strategies into our everyday practice in order to build resilience. Slow down to think F.A.S.T.
  • F: Am I thinking flexibly?
  • A: Am I accurate?
  • S: Am I thinking sharply?
  • T: Am I being thorough enough?
  How did you come back to movement?   Having to find a new passion was difficult, but I know how important movement is, and how good it makes me feel! When I am still, so is everything else in my life. I realized how much I needed movement in my life, and everything else started to flow better once I started to move again.   Resources: Today’s episode is sponsored my LYT Daily online yoga classes. This is an exclusive pass into my personal practice and program that I created from my experience as a physical therapist and 20 years developing my LYT yoga methodology. There is a different class with me everyday - including special monthly live streams - so you can feel your most LYT up - anytime and anywhere. Get a 3 day free trial today by going to movementbylara.com and clicking “daily classes.” Let’s get moving!
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