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How to stay positive in times of trouble? Reframe and Feel through.

Being positive is not a mindset you can just turn on. You need to practise in thoughts and feelings.

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It has been researched and proven: people who have a positive outlook on life build up reserves that they can use when things get more difficult. You become more resilient, more social, more emotionally intelligent and even physically healthier. But being positive is not as simple as the internet tells us. When things get difficult, we experience that forced positive attitude to life as toxic.  

Living a positive life is not about ignoring or pushing away everything that is negative. After all, every human life, every professional life, goes through a valley every now and then. Reframing and feeling through are two ways of dealing with 'problems' and 'difficult emotions' and thus enable us to maintain a positive mindset.

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Johan Terryn studied Language and Literature (UAntwerp) and Communication Science (UGent). He soon embarked on a career in media. Both in radio and TV, in public and commercial broadcasting. Johan discovered all genres there. From light entertainment to better documentary work. He wrote screenplays, did final editing, acted, presented and directed. Yet he remained hungry to grow substantively. He did this by following a professional coaching course. And to delve into NLP and Systemic work. As a Professional Certified Coach, he has been coaching TV stars and business leaders since 2017. Since 2020, he has been telling stories to better connect people with themselves and with each other. He conducted a major narrative study on 'mourning' in the podcast "Het uur blauw". That resulted in a book and a theater performance. He has a project about 'regret' with "Tot onze grote spijt" that includes a podcast, a book and a performance. He also writes columns for Radio 1 and hosts the podcast "Seks verandert alles" with Rika Ponnet.

Johan Terryn

Media content creator & Soulpreneur, Speaker & Author on matters of the soul, creativity and positive thinking

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