The course was fantastic. While my initial interest in the course was from a work perspective, many of the concepts were equally applicable to my personal life, and as a parent. The learnings around meaning and purpose really resonated with me which took me by surprise as it wasn’t an area I had focused on previously.
I also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my course colleagues and sharing experiences and new learning in this shared area of interest. I loved the “arm prosthesis activity,” that gave me a surprising emotional understanding of the importance of finding a purpose in completing tasks.
Undertaking the DPP has been life-changing. It sounds cliché yet it’s true. When I left my corporate life in July 2015 I would never have known that the journey over the next two to three years would have been so amazing, scary, enriching, empowering and purposeful. I am not the same person I was three years ago. I am so much more! And for that, I am eternally grateful.
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.
This course was responsible for changing my life. My multiple lightbulb moments came through learning various things that enabled a massive wake up call to happen! I came to learn the brain biologically focuses on negatives and that I was unconsciously repeating the learned helplessness I had been raised to have, and also that I had kept myself miserable by not allowing myself to see and appreciate the things that I did have in life and that I could learn to counteract that and change the way my brain functions.
I have been successful in doing a TEDx talk on Positive Psychology and Mindfulness and have set up my own business (The Happiness Branch). I have now left Aviva to work on this full time. The Happiness Branch helps people and businesses flourish through positive psychology and mindfulness.
Positive leadership, wellbeing, neuroscience, emotional intelligence; all of the key foundational pieces that we learnt during the diploma, have been welcomed with open arms in Schneider and we are really implementing them all over the place in lots of different ways.