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Although we often focus on what makes someone vulnerable in the face of chronic pain, focusing on positive factors (such as one’s personal strengths) may actually help people effectively manage pain. A recent series of 3 studies found that a strengths-based approach can improve pain management and increase self-efficacy (i.e., the belief in your ability to accomplish certain tasks) even when pain is present. Specifically, the character strength “zest” (e.g., energy, vitality) was associated with the highest levels of self-efficacy, as well as less pain-related interference in functioning. Read more about this informative work here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-new-home/202107/zest-intervention-pain-management?fbclid=IwAR3xDD5nHtivVk-UTg92SCBO-gb2jUqQmUB7B7sm5p5LdLZv7516NZgrzfo