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The Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2015: Just in Time for the Oscars
February 22, 2016 – 7:25 am | No Comment
 

Get ready for the Academy Awards. The Positive Psychology Movie Awards are coming out before the Oscars this year. A PPND tradition since 2009, these awards go to films that offer some of the best portrayals of key themes in positive psychology. Here are the winners.

Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2014
June 17, 2015 – 1:59 pm | 3 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:

Signature Strengths: Translating Research into Practice
April 30, 2015 – 3:29 pm | 2 Comments
Treadmill by Kevin Gillespie

In practice, people find it surprisingly challenging to come up with new ways to use their signature strengths. Perhaps that’s because we often use our signature strengths without much awareness. For example, have you paid much attention to your use of self-regulation as you brush your teeth? Your level of prudence or kindness while driving?

Here are three tips for using your signature strengths in mindful ways.

What Do We Know about Signature Strengths?
April 28, 2015 – 11:36 am | 4 Comments
Strengths lens

If you have only one question to ask someone about their character strengths, make it, “What strengths are most essential to who you are and define you as a person?

Fifth Annual Positive Movie Awards: Recognizing 2013
June 6, 2014 – 10:58 am | 2 Comments
Walter Mitty

Positive psychology films portray the human condition, which is not always pleasant and upbeat. Some positive psychology films are intentionally raw, dark, and emotionally riveting, while others are lighthearted and fun.

This is the fifth time that Ryan Niemiec has looked back at the movies from the previous year and awarded those that shine light on what is vulnerable, authentic, conflicted, and beautiful in the human condition.

The Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2012
April 18, 2013 – 7:44 pm | 6 Comments
 

I have several hopes in maintaining this annual PPND tradition of giving Positive Psychology Awards to movies made the previous year:

The Positive Psychology Movie Awards of 2011: Character Strengths and Best Picture
February 24, 2012 – 9:53 am | 10 Comments
Oscar for Snow White

Positive psychology movies teach us something about the human condition, help us face suffering, and shine a light on character strengths. Here I nominate movies for awards for exemplifying authenticity, teamwork, zest, strength paragons, having too much of a single strength, and having constellations of strengths. The article concludes with my nomination for Positive Psychology Best Picture of 2011.

The Positive Psychology Oscars of 2011: Elements of Flourishing
February 23, 2012 – 11:31 am | 4 Comments
Movie Camera

Positive psychology movies are not only the lighthearted films that inspire and elevate us, but also the movies that teach us something about the human condition, help us face suffering, and shine a light on pain and tragedy. You’ll see a mixture of both types of films in my offering of the Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2011. This is part 1. Come back tomorrow for the awards for character strengths—and the best picture award.

The Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2010
February 24, 2011 – 4:16 pm | 3 Comments
The Positive Psychology Movie Awards for  2010

Have you seen any good movies lately? If not, you’re in luck! Announcing the second annual positive psychology movie awards! Here are 10 of the best positive psychology films of 2010. Whether or not they are snubbed by the actual Academy Awards ceremony, each of these films has its merits from a specific positive psychology lens and is worthy of your viewing time.

Ten Principles of Character Strengths
May 26, 2010 – 2:58 am | 24 Comments
Ten Principles of Character Strengths

Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman defined character strengths as the pathways to the virtues valued by moral philosophers and religious thinkers over time. Character strengths are manifested in our thoughts, our emotions, and our behavior. Building from this structure, here are ten principles emerging from the science of character.

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