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Editorial Policy

Positive Psychology News Daily provides the latest news about happiness, the “science of happiness,” and positive psychology. Our goal is to be your fun, collaborative place for a research-based daily boost of happiness.  (from our about page)

Our authors are alumni or students at the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programs, or others with strong interest in the application of positive psychology to every day life. Two MAPP programs have produced most of the current PPND authors: the original program launched by Martin Seligman (MAPP at the University of Pennsylvania) and the program launched by Ilona Boniwell (MAPP at the University of East London).

We have three editorial guidelines for authors:

  1. Length. 2-10 paragraphs
  2. Research-based
  3. Content: Descriptive not prescriptive, including no content about politics.

More detail on the Editorial Guidelines:

  1. Length. 2-10 paragraphs with the ideal length of 6-7 paragraphs (about 500-700 words). Longer articles are allowed, but should have enough structure (subheadings, images) that people can follow them easily.
  2. Research-Based. References to research included with links to articles or references at the bottom. Where possible, we include references to websites, books, and other sources that are available to people outside academia. (Example: “Shelly Gable studies Active Constructive Responding” or “As Martin Seligman writes in Flourish, ….”)
  3. Content. Descriptive not prescriptive, and no content about politics.
    • A) Articles lean toward the descriptive “Researchers find…” rather than the prescriptive “You should…” tone. While it is fine to make suggestions, we don’t want to go as far as “You should do this.” Readers should feel free to pick the suggestions that fit them well without feeling any pressure to follow others.
    • B) No politics.

This is an edited site. Edits can be made for content, images, tone, grammar, or any other reason.

All content on this site published after October 2008 is copyrighted Positive Psychology News, LLC, so that it can be freely syndicated by other news sources according to the rules stated on the Reprint Policy page. Authors can reuse their material whenever and however they want, in whole or in part, in perpetuity without needing a copyright release, and they can own the copyright on the republication. We do ask that republications include a reference indicating that some or all of the material was originally published in PPND. Some authors use the material in their newsletters with a statement in the postscript that readers can find online discussion on PPND. Others have published the material in books with a statement in the acknowledgments that some of the content was published and discussed online on PPND.

For questions about our editorial policy including copyright policy, please contact the editor.