In this provocative TEDx talk, psychology researcher Prof Lea Waters presents the impact of sharing positive news with others. Positive emotions are contagious and so if we choose to share positive information with others we are creating a ripple effect of hope and happiness.
Prof. Waters also discusses how sharing positively can induce the “Elevation Effect”- how if we witness physical or in this case moral excellence we are inspired towards aiming to achieve that same excellence we have witnessed. Her call to action is:
Become a positive detective.
To become aware of moments of everyday excellence such as kindness, gratitude and courage, become inspired and sharing this positive news with others. However, her appeal comes with a warning.
She also has written a newspaper article based on her TEDx Talk that you can read about here.
Being positive is not for the faint-hearted
As a positive psychology researcher, she has often received ridicule and objections from others in the research community. She acknowledges the need for resilience and persistence in pursuing a life of positivity where a culture of fear and negativity is still dominant.
She presents a powerful empowering message by indicating that by becoming a positive detective and sharing positive news we can counter this dominant message of negativity and be part of a collective shift.
About Prof. Lea Waters
Professor Lea Waters is the Director of the Centre of Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. She is a research psychologist with a focus on positive organisations as well as positive education and parenting.
As an associate professor for 19 years at the University of Melbourne Prof. Lea Waters has worked in numerous research papers and publications. To learn more about her research publications click here.
She was recently listed as one of the top 100 Women of Influence in Australia for her work in positive psychology. You can read more about that here.
Want to hear more?
See what Prof. Lea Waters has to say on Gratitude in Organisations.
Watch her presentation on a Capacity, Intelligence and Resilience in Education.
Since a couple of months, you can also follow Lea Waters on Twitter, as she mentioned in the talk. Being on Twitter is not for the faint hearted either.