The Power to Heal Within



Lisa is the author of  SOARING into Strength: The Positive Psychology Approach to Help Children and Adults Heal which will be published in 2017. The book introduces the SOARING into Strength Model — a new positive psychology approach to enhance the well-being of patients, their families and healthcare professionals. This evidence-based model has been tested among hundreds of patients. The book  shares inspiring stories using the seven SOARING components to heal: Shifting: creating shifts in your attitude, your body and overall wellbeing; Optimism: finding the good even when times are difficult or painful; Altruism: gaining a sense of control by sharing your creativity, kindness, strengths and hope with others; Resiliency: flourishing even in difficult times;Imagery: Connecting to your inner knowledge to heal; Narrative: sharing the power of positive storytelling, reading and writing; Gratitude: recognizing and celebrating moments of appreciation. At the end of each chapter, Lisa includes a SOARING sidebar with practical suggestions to implement the healing exercises that she created and shared with more than 500,000 hospitalized children and families. These science-based exercises take only a few minutes and provide lasting emotional and physical transformations.

Strength and greatness are inside of each person. While we cannot change the circumstances of our lives, we can choose to embrace a positive attitude and actions in response to obstacles. We call this The Power to Heal and it has a cascading impact on your physical and emotional well-being. Soaringwords is designed to help connect you with your inner strength and greatness, and has enriched the lives of hospitalized children, school children, community groups and employee volunteers throughout the world. Our activities, videos, visualizations and exercises are based on positive psychology concepts that can help you flourish.



Measurable Results

Soaringwords’ positive interventions increase pediatric well being for patients age 8-21

Soaringwords interventions measure changes in well-being as reflected in positive affect, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment in addition to self-reported health, hope, gratitude, strength and resilience, agency and reciprocity.

How do you feel right now?

“I feel excited”
“I feel bored”

Responses: Less than before the activity, about the same, more than before activity

Techniques You Can Use

Posttraumatic Growth

Dr. Richard Tedeschi, Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte discusses how positive transformation can follow a traumatic event. ...

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Positive Energy-Generating Activities

Soaringwords activities are specifically designed to capture loving, positive energy from an individual and transfer that energy to patients suffering from illness.
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