Lo and behold! On May 2, boisterous laughs bounced and reverberated in the four walls of the Conference Hall when the whole Sagradan faculty partook in the second day of the in-service training facilitated by Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla.
Dr. Motilla, a professional and well-known clinical psychologist and the current consultant of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center of Miriam College delivered one happy twist to the timeless topic “Work-Life Integration”.
After introducing Positive Psychology, a scientific study of happiness, well-being, and flourishing, the man of the hour continuously drew fits of laughter from the crowd of educators via his hilarious antics and funny skits, relatable anecdotes, slices of real-life singlehood and marital struggles, and educational video clips.
One of the highlights of the seminar was the Optimism Scale to measure whether the teachers who took the test were optimists or pessimists. Some even realized that their way of looking at things were different from the rate they obtained after the test.
The “Three Blessings” activity was also memorable for the teachers to practice gratitude in their daily life. The Positivity Ratio 3: 1 from Broaden and Build Theory were also presented giving tips on how positive emotions can advance personal growth.
Dr. Motilla’s five (5) answers to the question,” How do I recognize my strengths?” regarding occupational well-being prompted the teachers to examine if their work satisfied their life.
According to him, if individuals are happy at work, chances are that their overall satisfaction in life will be higher.
“As teachers, make a positive difference in the lives of other people. Start with yourself. Start from within, “he concluded with a smile.
Lo and behold! The Sagradan faculty vibrated with happy hormones and good vibes when the seminar ended.
by Cristina S. Munar