Directions: Watch Alison Ledgerwood’s TED Talk, “A Simple Trick to Improve Positive Thinking” before answering questions #1 and #2 OR #1 and #3.
How would you sum up Professor Ledgerwood’s main point(s)? What were your primary takeaways from the talk?
Do you recognize in your own thinking the tendency to focus on the negative that Ledgerwood’s research identified? If so, provide a couple of examples. Is this tendency something that you recognized previously, or did the TED Talk introduce you to something new? Do you think that you can change your thinking the way Ledgerwood describes? Explain why or why not.
If you don’t recognize that tendency to focus on the negative in your thinking, how do you explain that? Is it intentional on your part? How so? Are there external influences (e.g. family members) that affect your thinking? If so, what are those influences and how do they affect your thinking? Is there anything from Ledgerwood’s talk that you could apply to your thinking? Explain why or why not.
A simple trick to improve positive thinking (Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis)