Back to Experiments

Experiment No. 005:
Find a bright spot

Your Mission

This week, when you face a problem or talk to someone who is upset, learn from the bright spots – times when things were better. Ask yourself or others: 

1. “When doesn’t this problem exist, or when is it not as bad?”

2. “What can we learn from these bright spots?”

Micro-Skill

Appreciative Inquiry

Macro-Skill

Communication, creativity

Example

Your coworker keeps handing in his work to you past deadline. Instead of asking, “Why is he always late,” ask: “What’s different about the times when he meets the deadline or at least isn’t as late?” And: “What can I learn from these times to help him get better?”

Why

Research from a field of psychology called ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ shows that learning from success leads to faster and better problem-solving than learning from failure. Focus on what to do more of vs what not to do. This is hard for our brains because we have a negativity bias. This week, resist the urge to focus on the negative and shine a light on the bright spots.

This Experiment was created by Tania Luna