Positive Advocacy is the application of positive psychology and the psychology of self-change to the field of animal advocacy. Unlike positive thinking, positive psychology is a well-researched field, based on the scientific study of the strengths and qualities that enable us to flourish. It rests on the hypothesis that we have a deep need to live a meaningful and rewarding existence, to nurture our humanity and to experience our daily activities to the fullest (love, work, play, and of course… animal advocacy). [Read more…]
We all have times when our behavior toward others is less than kind and encouraging. But those are usually fleeting moments we regret later, rare bouts of grumpiness caused by stress or lack of sleep. On the other hand, we’ve also all met individuals who seem constantly negative and drain the energy and joy out of us whenever we interact with them. So for those of us challenged by friends, family members, coworkers or fellow activists who are positivity slayers, good mood crushers and happiness destroyers, positive psychologist Michelle Gielan has some tips. Find out when and how to interact strategically with those individuals. [Read more…]
Animal activism can be energizing and a mood booster when we manage to use our strengths and talents to make a difference for our speechless friends. But any intensive effort with great emotional content, when carried out over too long a period of time—and “too long” varies from one person to another—can also have the opposite effect and leave us drained. We sometimes ignore warning signs that stress is getting to us, refusing to stop and take a rest. We don’t ask for help, even when wonderful resources are at our disposal—like In Defense of Animals’ free Animal Activist Support Services. [Read more…]
Did you know there are many more lapsed vegans/vegetarians (10% of the US population) than “practicing” ones (2%)? Those are the latest statistics from nonprofit Faunalytics. Is the problem lack of moral fiber, or are we relying too much on morality while underestimating the psychological factors involved in undertaking such a significant life change? Are there practical techniques that can help new lifestyle adopters get on the veg path the right way, and stay on it?