A Ripple Story…

Priya Shah

Priya Shah

Project Accountant, RAC WA

Alumni: Perth 2015

In our 10653NAT Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing we always talk about the ripple effect; starting with self and creating a ripple out there in the world - whatever that may mean for each person.

In this interview, one of our Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing graduate shares her completely life-changing experience of the course, and how it set her up to share her positive learnings with her colleagues and others through her blog!

What drew you to complete the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing?

Frankly, I was not looking at studying when I discovered that there is such a Diploma. I was chairing at CPA Week (this was in June) and one of the sessions was about resilience. I loved the session especially the savouring activity and the presenter mentioned the Diploma at the end of the session and invited us to look at some books relating to positive psychology at the back of the room.

I am a social person and love finding out about people and their experiences, etc. Later I searched online and read about the Diploma and what was involved, and I signed up to start in August. I would say that it was through CPA that I became aware of this course. I was drawn to it because it was all about us (people) and how we can achieve a positive outlook through many interventions, tools and techniques. As I worked on my assessments I never felt that I wanted to procrastinate on my readings or completing my assessments.

I found out a lot about myself in the activities in class and through my readings. The reflected best self-exercise was such an eye-opener. I wanted to gain all the knowledge that was in the workbook and that was one reason I completed the Diploma. I had never come across a course that was so engaging for me.

What was your experience during the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing?

I enjoyed the six days of intense classes in August. It was all new to me. I would look forward to the class every day. The other students were from all walks of life (professionals to new mums) and the teacher was amazing and taught us well.

The Diploma has given me insight into my emotions and perception. I knew my thoughts and feelings before however, the Diploma has put a name to it. It feels so good to have a name on these emotions and experiences. The Strengths Profile results were so true that it was incredible. I realised what I had to work on and what was draining me.

I would give the experience 100% positivity. It was phenomenal learning things about relationships, emotions, goals, engagement and meaning and the mindfulness practices was a plus.

The six-day intense classes were a breeze as we started and ended the day with a mindfulness practice.

The meaning-making activity of building a hand was very satisfying when we had completed it and knew that someone would benefit from it. The random acts of kindness exercise made me aware that people are quite sensitive and do not accept kindness as they think others have an agenda. It is a hard thing to sell in this day and age.

Hopefully, the positivity spells hit everyone at some point in their life and acceptance of acts of altruism is easy.

How are you spreading your positive ripples, and how has the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing helped you achieve this?

As soon as I finished my Diploma I wanted to share my knowledge. I was lucky to provide some workshops to staff at work about Building Resilience. Even if the attendees had three key takeaways they were a winner for being proactive in the workshop.

The Diploma has made me a better person for sure. I have channelled my energy into having a positive perspective with everyone and the thought that with positivity any mishap will pass. Being positive makes us more outgoing, creative, curious and this is a benefit as we come to find out about many things and people that otherwise we would not know. I have started a blog and am sharing my knowledge gained from the Diploma.

The intervention techniques I learnt in the Diploma has definitely helped me in accepting my redundancy and I can confidently say that I have passed on some positivity to my team members as they were always positive especially at the transition stage. This was a tangible achievement for me as all of us were commended for the professionalism of our reaction to the redundancy. I feel proud that I was part of such a team and influenced them in a way that shaped their future better. Everyone has moved on and I am keeping in touch to see how they are faring.

The Diploma has also given me the confidence to start new things and approach these in a positive way despite setbacks. I have also worked on positivity in my family and spending quality time with them. With my family and friends, the ripples are influence based rather than being seen by all. I feel that everyone has positivity in them it is the drawing out which takes time for some.

The Diploma has been an awesome experience. I did not at any time feel that I did not want to complete my assignments. I was eager to read more all the time. The Diploma has given me inner strength as I came to know myself and learn to perceive others, confidence from the knowledge I have gained, understanding of others through my assessments and fulfilment through the activities. These are just a few positive ripples gained from the Diploma.