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Louis Alloro works with individuals, organizations, and communities as a change-agent -- coaching, training, and facilitating towards positive growth affecting people, planet, and profit. Website.

Mindfulness in the Morning is More than Meditation
January 16, 2015 – 10:08 am | 4 Comments

The world needs peace right now. The world needs you to increase your mindfulness. So, thank you for practicing and building your mindfulness muscle. When the alarm goes off tomorrow morning, take a slow and low cleansing breath and remember to express gratitude for another day to be alive.

Morality Binds and Blinds
July 12, 2012 – 3:08 pm | 17 Comments

How do we transcend self-interest and contribute to the greater good of our own communities? I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind and newly appointed professor of ethical leadership at the NYU Stern School of Business. I asked him for practical ways I could apply his Moral Foundations Theory with my family, my business clients, my community efforts, and as a practicing member of the positive psychology community,

A Magical Day of Inquiry, Scholarship, and Practice
April 25, 2012 – 12:41 pm | 7 Comments

On 13 April 2012, George Mason University held its third annual conference on the intersection of resilience, well-being, leadership, and strengths. This year’s theme, Living and Leading with Resilience, attracted a sold-out crowd eager to learn from researchers and practitioners such as Rick Hanson, Chris Peterson, Nansook Park, Todd Kashdan, Sarah Pressman, and Kim Cameron.

Inception: Finding Positive Psychology in a Movie
July 29, 2010 – 10:45 am | 2 Comments
<em>Inception</em>: Finding Positive Psychology in a Movie

The film, Inception, explores the phenomenon of ideas. Where do they start? How are they influenced? Can we extract ideas from each other, and when we do, to whom do they belong? Can we cause others to incept (take in) ideas by influencing them to think what we want them to think? The film shows how these powers can be used for good as well as evil.

Take Me to Pandora, or The Positive Psychology of Avatar
January 29, 2010 – 10:40 am | 14 Comments
Take Me to Pandora, or The Positive Psychology of Avatar

I want to travel to Pandora, the fictional planet depicted in Avatar.  I saw James Cameron’s newest film that has rocked box offices since its release in December on I-MAX 3-D and have since …

Walking the Talk II: Seeing What Others See
November 29, 2009 – 1:26 pm | 6 Comments
Walking the Talk II: Seeing What Others See

It’s all by matter of connection. Empathetic relationships are what predict successful lives. George Vailliant has shown this in the Harvard Men’s Study of Adult Development and in his PPND article, Yes I stand by …

Walking the Talk: Individual or Collective?
October 29, 2009 – 1:41 pm | 22 Comments
Walking the Talk: Individual or Collective?

One of the main principles of social psychology and positive psychology is that we are social creatures.  On the other hand, I see a big discrepancy when I hear of research by Dutch organizational researcher …

Focusing on Focus
September 29, 2009 – 4:27 pm | 6 Comments
Focusing on Focus

I am driven to distraction. It’s just what is and what it’s always been.
“No grass grows under his feet,” my mom used to say of me as a small boy, because I was always moving, …

Savoring Camp Happy Times
August 28, 2009 – 10:20 pm | 4 Comments
Savoring Camp Happy Times

Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder
Greetings from summer sleep-away camp. Really. I write this tucked away in the woods in northeastern Pennsylvania – a tiny spot of heaven called Camp Happy Times – aptly named …

(Film Review) UP: The Power of Now for New & Old Adventures
June 28, 2009 – 12:22 pm | 4 Comments
(Film Review) UP: The Power of Now for New & Old Adventures

Last week I saw (from the first row, and in 3-D) Disney Pixar’s Up , an animated film about life, adventure, and friendship. The film certainly pulled on my heart strings in a very “other-people-matter” positive-psychology way. The film also speaks to this month’s theme of fun and play. […]

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