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Sherri Fisher, MAPP ’06, M.Ed., Director of Learn & Flourish LLC, is a leader in the field of positive education. An education management consultant and coach, workshop facilitator and author, Sherri uses the POS-EDGE Model to incorporate research-based findings from strengths psychology and behavioral economics into positive, personalized, best-practice strategies for learning, parenting, and work.

Fringe Benefits of Appreciating Beauty and Excellence
September 15, 2014 – 4:09 pm | 13 Comments

Some people might be scared by a thunderstorm while others might be awed. In those moments, the person with the strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is able to transcend ego and instead be moved to an awareness of the vastness and amazement that the world has to offer. Time slows down. In such moments a person may feel drawn to future opportunities for using this strength.

Kidding Ourselves (Book Review)
June 4, 2014 – 9:24 am | No Comment

With this book, you will learn how kidding yourself is a power that your brain uses for good. Even if we are kidding ourselves, explains Hallinan, self-delusion serves a valuable role in our lives.

What a College Dropout Has to Say about Success
May 13, 2013 – 9:16 am | 7 Comments

“What can we as a country do to significantly improve the life chances of millions of poor children?” This is the question that reporter Paul Tough asks us to tackle with him in How Children Succeed. This book is passionately written and soundly researched. If Paul Tough is right, and I hope that he is, medical professionals, social workers, educators, and parents can join one another to build communities that help all of our children succeed.

Going to the Extreme with Strengths and Happiness
February 3, 2012 – 9:58 am | 10 Comments

If some happiness is good, is more even better? Now positive psychology researchers have conducted a meta-study to explore the costs of extremes. Researchers Barry Schwartz and Adam Grant have explored whether there really is such a thing as too much happiness or an extreme level of a given strength, to the point that happiness and strength become counterproductive for well-being.

Happier Students Are Higher Achievers
September 21, 2011 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Happier Students Are Higher Achievers

You may (mistakenly) believe that doing well in school is all about having outstanding academic skills. While skills are important, they may not be the most important abilities that separate excellent students from their less …

Developing Your Willpower by Shoveling Greenland
February 11, 2011 – 2:22 pm | 3 Comments
Developing Your Willpower by Shoveling Greenland

The need for seemingly endless snow removal has gotten me interested in self-regulation and willpower. It turns out that people who believe that they can’t take it anymore may be right! There’s new research that ties our self-control to our beliefs about it, questioning the model of self-control as a limited resource.

Facilitating Forgiveness: Effective Apologies for Positive Relationships
January 13, 2011 – 12:05 pm | 4 Comments
Facilitating Forgiveness: Effective Apologies for Positive Relationships

University of Maryland psychologists Ryan Fehr and Michele Gelfand have identified three components that impact the victim’s perception of an apology and therefore facilitate the process of forgiveness. According to their model, it is not enough for a transgressor to make what feels like a sincere and humble apology. In addition, the victim’s beliefs about relationship interactions need to be considered as well.

Meditation: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
December 6, 2010 – 10:15 am | 7 Comments
Meditation: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Even if you are presently satisfied with your life, and most people say they are, you probably would like to be more than just satisfied. One of the challenges of both staying happy and becoming happier, though, is the hedonic treadmill. Michael Cohn, Barbara Fredrickson, and colleagues found that loving kindness meditation can undo hedonic adaptation and that the effects accumulate and persist.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: The Health Benefits of Social Connections
November 5, 2010 – 10:50 am | 14 Comments
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: The Health Benefits of Social Connections

Would you knowingly engage in behaviors that you know would lead to a cascade of negative health events? After her husband died, Shirley regularly declined invitations to go places with friends by saying, “Oh, my …

I Get to Work: Reframing Unemployment in Tough Times
October 8, 2010 – 10:08 am | 13 Comments
I Get to Work: Reframing Unemployment in Tough Times

“I have to work” can sound like “I have a requirement to work,” but it also indicates the opportunity to work. Lucky you! You get to work! If you are unemployed and looking for a new job, the search process may set up pessimistic thinking patterns that can lead to future unhappiness. The good news is that Positive Psychology research can help you practice more optimistic thought patterns that help you deal resiliently with current reality.

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