What is Benefit finding?
Benefit finding involves thinking through and mentally listing all the positive things associated with a situation. For example, let’s say I lose my job. Although there may be negatives associated with this, there are also likely to be positives. I may have not really liked my boss or maybe now I can finally pursue another interest that I have been wanting to pursue.
Why is it important to build this skill?
There will be many times in life when we experience tough situations and tough emotions. When we find the benefits in these situations we can make them a bit more tolerable and may even be able to grow and learn new things we never could have imagined. Often times it is life's challenges that lead to truly rewarding opportunities. When we remind ourselves of this we become capable of experiencing happiness, even when we are struggling.
Activities to develop this skill:
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.