By Bridget Grenville-Cleave
December 8, 2013 – 8:25 am | 4 Comments
December 5, 2013 will be remembered for news of the death of the first black president of South Africa, anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela. I’m not normally drawn to writing about political leaders. But Mandela was different in every respect. His life was a life well-lived.
By Alex Sternick December 4, 2013 – 11:55 am | 2 Comments
Can practicing gibberish exercises, over and over again help us accept real life as it is by helping us play with nonsensical events instead of being victimized by them? Can it help us be better prepared for future surprises that can shock us? Can practicing nonsense help us to find our own meaning and purpose in life?
By Aren Cohen November 25, 2013 – 2:01 pm | One Comment
In the second article in her series on comfort, Aren Cohen considers the expression “creature comforts.” A phrase originally intended to highlight the material possessions and luxuries that provide us with comfort, Aren explores how it works the other way around. Comfort can make us fully realized beings. Comfort can make us happy and brave creatures.
By Genevieve Douglass November 20, 2013 – 12:23 pm | 10 Comments
New research on perceiving work as a calling suggests that callings are dynamic, changing over time. This post discusses what a calling is, how it develops, and why we shouldn’t worry too much about finding it.
By Bright Dickson November 13, 2013 – 12:07 pm | No Comment
Watching movies with from a strengths perspective is fun. It is an easy and educational way of doing something that already gives so many of us pleasure. Ryan Niemiec and Daniel Wedding know their movies. They show the reader of their recently updated book how to add another layer to the viewing experience and come out stronger for it.
By Ryan Whisnant November 4, 2013 – 10:41 am | 3 Comments
Nature can be an easy, free, and effective toolkit for supercharging positive psychology practice, supporting positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Ultimately nature gives life to everything that supports flourishing. If we learn to nurture our relationship with the natural world, perhaps we’ll find it supports us in ways we never thought possible.
By Lisa Jacobson October 21, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment
In her keynote address at the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference, Dr. Amy Edmonson of the Harvard Business School gave us the four critical ingredients in her recipe for success: Aim High, Team-Up, Fail Well, Learn Fast. Like other successful recipes, she urges us to repeat them as often as necessary.
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave October 18, 2013 – 9:52 am | 9 Comments
During last week’s Positive Education Summit in the UK, I was exceedingly fortunate to be invited by Martin Seligman to a dinner where the general topic of conversation was the future of positive psychology and positive education. At Seligman’s request, we stuck to the one-conversation rule which meant that everyone could hear and respond to everyone else’s contributions.
The first of a series of articles, Aren Cohen investigates the notion of Comfort and why it is a complex and relatively under-examined idea in positive psychology. Does experiencing comfort open the way to contentment, interest, and love? How does offering comfort soothe or console? Does comfort stem from attachment? What role does comfort play for children learning new things? Come explore this multi-faceted word.
By Kathryn Britton October 11, 2013 – 7:22 am | 5 Comments
What do we do when truly horrible things happen in life? Most of us can dream up a long list of disasters that could happen, and sometimes they do. What can we say to clients or friends facing major difficulties in order to help them effectively manage their moods without sounding like we are downplaying the true magnitude of their sorrow?
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