Playing dress-up
By Shannon Polly  
June 25, 2015 – 5:00 am | 4 Comments

When I facilitate workshops on character strengths, I find that many people immediately focus on the bottom of their lists where their weakest strengths are. We are hardwired with a negativity bias, after all, and it is not a bad thing to want to improve. I frequently get asked, “How can I develop my strengths?” I respond, “Pretend that you have them. Act ‘as if’ you are kind, or forgiving, or curious.“

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Opening Up To Goodness
By Homaira Kabir  
June 22, 2015 – 12:16 pm | 6 Comments
   Time to let them go

We all have our own little bubbles of fear resting deep within us. Our relationships with our children take us back to these bubbles. I am beginning to recognize my reactions as based on these fears and to forgive myself for being human, so I can embark on the journey to change. I am reconnecting to my own goodness and beginning to embrace the parts of me that want to love unconditionally and accept non-judgmentally.

Making Self-Help Effective
By Orin Davis  
June 19, 2015 – 11:15 am | 2 Comments
Edmund

Engage in change on your own terms: an invitation to a TEDx talk.

Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2014
By Ryan Niemiec  
June 17, 2015 – 1:59 pm | 2 Comments
Tile from Des Plaines theater

Get your Netflix queue ready. Fire up the On-Demand services of your cable TV. Because it’s time for an annual PPND tradition since 2009, the positive psychology movie awards! These awards go to films that offer some of the best portrayals of key themes in positive psychology. 2014 was a very strong year for positive psychology movies. Here are the winners:

Wonderfully Imperfect
By Lisa Buksbaum  
June 5, 2015 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Puppets

Self-compassion is a way of relating to ourselves kindly, as we truly are, flaws and all.

This article contains an invitation to the Saturday party at IPPA on June 27 to benefit programs for hospitalized children by Soaring Words.

Same Time Next Week (Book Review)
By Laura L.C. Johnson  
June 3, 2015 – 7:00 am | No Comment
 

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but I found myself thinking about some of the stories long after I read them. I especially enjoyed the stories by individuals who personally experienced mental health disorders. They described the essential features of their recoveries, some of which are completely unexpected. Each story, whether by a therapist or a patient, is well-written from a personal perspective and reads like a mini-novel.

Introducing Greater Good in Action (Press Release)
By Editor K.H.B.  
May 27, 2015 – 9:22 am | No Comment
Be Happy

Got 15 minutes a day to become a happier and more compassionate person?

There’s now a website for that.

Greater Good in Action, an exciting new online resource is now live, offering dozens of science-based exercises to boost personal well-being.

Open-Mindedness: Too Little, Too Much, Just Right
By Sandy Lewis  
May 25, 2015 – 2:19 pm | 4 Comments
Opinionated

When Open-Mindedness is used well, people can be extraordinarily adept at problem solving and able to make critical decisions clearly and with solid reasoning. They can be excellent leaders who bring objectivity to situations that might otherwise be ambiguous or highly slanted. But this strength can also be underused, leading to snap judgments, or overused, leading to decision paralysis. How do we use it to just the right degree?

Leap of Faith
By Homaira Kabir  
May 21, 2015 – 8:50 am | 6 Comments
Seeing ourselves reflected...

As a mother, I knew what was best for him, I told myself. I could not trust his teenage judgment. But something deeper prompted me to question my reasoning. Did I fear knowing his goals in case they were different from mine? Was I running away from the possibility that his ideals of success would not measure up to societal standards? Would I be able to face it if they didn’t? I slowly began to see myself hiding behind the guise of motherhood.

Walking the Talk to Well-being
By Miriam Akhtar  
May 12, 2015 – 2:50 pm | One Comment
Satish on Dartmoor

The benefits of physical activity for mental health are well-known, but for some people the word exercise summons up images of sweaty discomfort. Walking is a gentle form of exercise that has the advantage of getting you out into the great outdoors.

Rosalind Turner and I are facilitating a walk for well-being on Sunday 17th May as part of Bristol Walk Fest. Come join us, or perhaps you can get something organized where you live.

Virtual Conference on Self-Confidence Starting Today – May 11
By Editor K.H.B.  
May 11, 2015 – 10:47 am | No Comment
 

Starting today: a virtual conference titled Banish Self-Doubt with the New Science of Self Confidence. You are invited to hear
Louisa Jewell host a series of interviews with experts on building confidence, courage, grit, and self-efficacy.