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Denise Quinlan has over 20 years experience in management consulting. She is a trainer with the Penn Resiliency Program and is currently a PhD student focusing on strengths and subjective well being.

Well-being Fractals
December 18, 2015 – 10:13 am | 5 Comments

“If you could do only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?” This question, posed by Greg McKeown stopped me in my tracks. Applying it specifically to work, I wondered what one thing I could happily do for the rest of my life. The answer, strangely enough, arrived in my head as a diagram.

24 Ways to Like a Difficult Child
December 2, 2011 – 7:13 am | 4 Comments

Most experienced teachers have struggled to like a student at some point. Not a big deal? Wrong. Student-teacher relationships are among the most important predictors of engagement and achievement at school. Teachers get little training or support with building supportive relationships with students.

Celebrating Strengths in Schools
April 8, 2010 – 8:35 am | 3 Comments

Celebrating Strengths in Schools is a program that introduces positive psychology to schools by weaving concepts into the existing curriculum rather than by introducing them in special units. Jenny Fox Eades has been running …

Strengths – for what Purpose?
February 7, 2010 – 7:28 pm | 3 Comments
Strengths – for what Purpose?

What do you use your strengths in service of? Linking strengths to purpose may help you refine and clarify your own sense of purpose in life. It may also expand your sense of what your strengths can be used for. It may also increase the priority you place on strengths development and strength-related goals, and thus it may increase goal-striving and achievement.

Making Time For Family
January 7, 2010 – 3:08 pm | 5 Comments
Making Time For Family

It’s summer here in New Zealand and we’re still in holiday mode so I asked my ten year old what she thought I should write about. “Family”, she said, and offered some advice on what …

Tis the Season for Acceptance
December 8, 2009 – 10:12 pm | 6 Comments
Tis the Season for Acceptance

Goodwill to All – If You Can Manage It
The Christmas carols tell me that “’tis the season to be jolly” and wish peace to all mankind, but around me I see overwhelm, envy, and resentment …

Hard Work No Fun, But Choice and Friendship Are
November 8, 2009 – 4:00 pm | 30 Comments
Hard Work No Fun, But Choice and Friendship Are

There’s a difference between short-term and long-term happiness.  Newly published research shows that when you are working out in aerobics class or doing your taxes, you may not enjoy the moment, but you will …

Positive Relationships – Pillar or Foundation of the House of Well-being?
October 20, 2009 – 2:11 pm | 15 Comments
Positive Relationships – Pillar or Foundation of the House of Well-being?

Relationships are central to well-being and deeply entwined with the other pillars of positive psychology. Should positive relationships be described as the very foundation of a science of flourishing, rather than a pillar?

Should the 25th Strength be Global or Local?
July 8, 2009 – 11:04 am | 4 Comments
Should the 25th Strength be Global or Local?

Perhaps the 25th strength for each country should be the local or culturally-bound strength which has facilitated the culture’s success. Local strengths are not irrelevant just because they are not universal. One size doesn’t fit all – even with the VIA.

Will Learning the Skills of Well-being Help Us Grow Up?
June 8, 2009 – 11:00 am | 6 Comments
Will Learning the Skills of Well-being Help Us Grow Up?

Carl, 14, can text with his cellphone in his pocket and keep up with friends on Facebook. However, he won’t look adults in the eye even though he insists he’s ‘a man’. … As children have become healthier and our society has become more complex, the age of puberty has fallen while the age of psychosocial maturity has risen.

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