Dr Liana Lianov MD MPH is an innovative global leader in lifestyle medicine, not just in terms of leading the development of the original lifestyle medicine core competencies for physicians and healthcare professionals, but also in terms of advancing the movement for integrating positive psychology – that strengths-based approach to life – into healthcare.
Her latest book is titled Strengths in the Mirror: Thriving Now and Tomorrow. It shares inspirational stories of colleagues and sums up how we can all flourish through healthy lifestyles, positive activities, and personal strengths.
In 2018, Liana convened the first ever summit on Happiness Science and Healthcare, and she was co-sponsored by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Dell Medical School, where I was also an invited speaker and where we first met.
Today, Liana joins me to talk about what makes a resilient mind. She shares her favorite books and what she’s learned from them, and she explores the 5 core strengths: self-care, positive actions, social connections, character strengths, and brain strengths.
We talk about the power of thinking small and of focusing on encouraging the positive rather than reversing the negative. She talks about the Global Positive Health Institute and explains why medicine should start with lifestyle and work outward from there. She discusses the strong and undeniable link between lifestyle medicine and positive psychology, she defines success, and she shares three take-homes for a resilient mind.
“A resilient mind sets goals and pursues them and celebrates the small successes along the way–even if we don’t fully achieve that goal. Anything along the way is worth celebrating.”
~Dr Liana Lianov
This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:
- Liana’s favorite books and what she’s learned from them
- The 5 core strengths
- The power of thinking small
- Maintaining the positive rather than changing the negative
- All about the Global Positive Health Institute
- Why medicine should start with lifestyle and work from there
- The link between lifestyle medicine and positive psychology
- The importance of trusting yourself
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation by Edward L. Deci
- Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health by Dean Ornish
- Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman
- Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
- Strengths in the Mirror: Thriving Now and Tomorrow by Liana Lianov
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