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World Happy Day Coming Up on February 11: Movie Preview
February 10, 2012 – 10:15 am | No Comment

For those new to positive psychology, the movie, Happy, is a great introduction to the field and the work of some of its most prominent researchers, including Ed Diener, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Richard Davidson. Happy weaves a lot the research we’re already familiar with into a story that takes us from the slums of Kolkata to the subways of Tokyo to the bayous of Louisiana to the beaches of Brazil and other continents in between.

(Book Review) Positive Psychology Workbook series by Biswas-Diener, Lyubomirsky, Kurtz, and Sheldon
November 14, 2009 – 5:45 am | No Comment
(Book Review) Positive Psychology Workbook series by Biswas-Diener, Lyubomirsky, Kurtz, and Sheldon

To describe how much I enjoyed and recommend the Positive Psychology Workbook series by Robert Biswas-Diener and colleagues, I thought of the positivity ratio discovered by Barbara Fredrickson and Marcial Losada: flourishing happens when positivity …

Organización in Buenos Aires
October 14, 2009 – 4:27 pm | 6 Comments
Organización in Buenos Aires

My experiences in Buenos Aires thus far have been speaking to me with a persistent message: “Dana, be proactive and self-motivated!” This message has sometimes come in a whisper, and this time when I …

Savoring and Enjoyment: Reflections from a Café in Buenos Aires
August 15, 2009 – 9:50 pm | No Comment
Savoring and Enjoyment: Reflections from a Café in Buenos Aires

One of my favorite things to do in Buenos Aires is pick one of the dozen cafes within two blocks of my apartment and people-watch. I usually order a cortado, a mini café con …

(Book Review) BioGraphy: The 14th Dalai Lama
December 14, 2008 – 5:53 pm | 19 Comments
(Book Review) BioGraphy: The 14th Dalai Lama

A few months ago, I had an intense conversation with a friend who is a U.S. Navy SEAL. I asked him whether or not he was ready to kill someone. His response was unequivocal—yes, he was ready. He was strongly motivated by the conviction that evil people with no regard for human life must themselves be killed. … I was reminded of this conversation again when reading the manga, The 14th Dalai Lama. An important question emerged for me: What is the role of positive psychology in a world at war, in a time of terrorism and violence? I found lines in the manga that began to resonate as answers. […]

Thoughts on Patience
May 14, 2008 – 1:51 pm | 9 Comments
Thoughts on Patience

Patience. It’s not one of the twenty-four strengths classified in Character Strengths and Virtues, by Christopher Peterson with Martin Seligman. The CSV (or anti DSM-IV), classifies specific strengths under six broad virtues …

Cultural strengths?
March 14, 2008 – 4:08 am | 2 Comments
Cultural strengths?

I believe that the yearning to travel to find oneself, to find meaning in life, to find happiness, is a ripe field of exploration in positive psychology. I first became interested in the idea that …

Reflections on Traveling and Positive Psychology
January 14, 2008 – 12:30 am | 5 Comments

How do I begin to describe my two months studying, volunteering, and living in Peru? I came to Cusco, Peru without clear expectations, excited and nervous about my first time being abroad on my …

On Transition and Change
October 14, 2007 – 11:42 am | 9 Comments
On Transition and Change

I have 3 days to pack up a year of life in Philadelphia. Coming to Philly for the Master in Applied Positive Psychology at Penn is one of the best things I have ever done, …

Living a Balanced Life
August 14, 2007 – 7:38 am | 7 Comments

Our lives are full of stress: we have 24 hours each day and more activities than we feel we have time for. In this age of multi-tasking and instantaneous communication through cell phones, e-mail, …

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