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Zest and Enthusiasm
By Paula Davis-Laack  
August 29, 2014 – 7:38 am | One Comment
Radiating zest

The character strength of zest can be an important barometer for how you’re doing at work and in life. Companies and individuals would be wise to pay more attention to it.

Being Curious about Likes and Dislikes
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
August 26, 2014 – 7:14 am | One Comment
Ironing Board Book Case

Increasing our level of curiosity by spotting the novelty in a job or task we actively dislike is a great way to make it less of a chore and open us up to new possibilities.

Positive Strength-Based Counseling and Therapy
By Laura L.C. Johnson  
August 25, 2014 – 10:00 am | 2 Comments
Growth

How do therapists identify and incorporate strengths in the therapy process? Read on to learn about five themes and associated interventions.

The World Premiere of North of Normal
By Monica Montijo  
August 21, 2014 – 12:37 am | One Comment
Travel map of 22 countries on six continents

The world premiere of North of Normal will take place on September 5 as part of the Western Positive Psychology Association Conference. Ph.D. students Monica Montijo and Angela Mouton traveled to 22 countries on six continents in order to interview people about love, passion, and peak experience. In addition to their doctoral research, they were inspired to make a documentary film to transmit their findings to a wide audience through the stories of people in diverse cultures and situations.

The Surprising Ingredient of Good Health
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
August 8, 2014 – 8:08 am | 3 Comments
Tree roots

Victor Strecher summarizes it well. “What’s the point of high energy and living a long time if we think life sucks? When we have purpose, we want to be at our best so we can better serve that purpose. Purpose is akin to the root system of a tree, grounding and feeding the whole organism so it can flourish and thrive, no matter what the exterior conditions are.”

The Science of Happiness – Tal Ben-Shahar
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
August 6, 2014 – 9:32 am | One Comment
tal ben shahar

On July 31, I joined around 500 other people in London to hear a talk on The Science of Happiness by Dr Tal Ben-Shahar. Anyone who can engage undergraduates on the scale that he did at Harvard must have something very special to offer. He focused on three themes: paying attention, asking the right questions, and appreciation.

Countering Shame with Playfulness
By Diana Boufford  
August 3, 2014 – 2:33 pm | 2 Comments
Diana and her mother

I shared this particular story in Dr. Rashad’s workshop of Positive Psychotherapy, and he pointed out that I was able to employ the character strength of playfulness to address an ongoing and challenging problem with my mother.

Positive Psychology Road Trip: Summer 2014
By Lisa Buksbaum  
August 1, 2014 – 11:14 am | 3 Comments
Amsterdam sunset

I was thrilled to speak at two back-to-back Positive Psychology conferences this summer. I came away from the two experiences with my brain filled with new resources to integrate into my work and dozens of new connections. I am so grateful to be part of a community that is at the forefront of bringing positive health and wellness to people worldwide.

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact (Book Review)
By Kathryn Britton  
July 30, 2014 – 1:08 am | 2 Comments
 

I highly recommend this book as a source of ideas for enhancing your leadership skills, whether you lead yourself or thousands of people. The many stories of positive outcomes will help you see that you can make a difference by making small changes. Want ideas for your small change? There are more than 70 strategies and practices clearly labeled throughout the book.

Other People Do Matter: ECPP2014
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
July 27, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Tiny tasks

The 7th ECPP in Amsterdam from 1st-4th July was a fabulous opportunity to get up-to-date with the latest positive psychology research and practice. I was struck by how often the conference returned to the theme of connection and, in the widest-possible sense, well-being from a community perspective.

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