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Something More than an Ugly Truth
By Homaira Kabir  
March 25, 2015 – 3:09 pm | 3 Comments
A Duchenne smile

Moral beauty pays tribute to our stature as a social species. It elevates us towards selfless pro-social behaviors and connects us at the level of common humanity. Physical beauty, on the other hand, ties no familiar thread across time and culture.

Love & Purpose : Happiness with Extra Bandwidth
By Miriam Akhtar  
March 23, 2015 – 12:57 pm | One Comment
Love and Purpose

This Thursday, March 26, you are invited to a free webinar on Love & Purpose. Why put these two topics together? Read on.

Read NOW: Events for the International Day of Happiness starting TONIGHT at 8pm ET – March 19, 2015
By Editor K.H.B.  
March 19, 2015 – 12:37 pm | One Comment

March 20th is the third International Day of Happiness declared by the United Nations. We want you to know about two ways to recognize the day: the virtual conference on well-being hosted by the MAPP Alumni Association and the 24-hour Happiness Live Stream presented by LiveHappy Magazine.

Better Than Before (Book Review)
By Lisa Sansom  
March 18, 2015 – 12:34 pm | 7 Comments
Better than Before Cover

Gretchen, you are indeed an accomplished author and I do enjoy your books. You achieve a lightness and self-discovery that many academic books lack, and yet you still root much of your work in the scientific findings that I value.

Six Tips for a Happy Workplace
By Rowan Green  
March 17, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
Sharing with a friend at work

Here are some tips from psychological research for achieving workplace happiness and productivity: deal effectively with bad bosses, prefer intentions over fantasies, and value workplace friendships.

Open-mindedness and Judgment: Paragons In Action
By Aren Cohen  
March 13, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment
King and the Abernathy Children front-line in the Selma march

All of us can learn from paragons of strengths. The film, Selma, about Martin Luther King Jr. and the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, is an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the virtue of open-mindedness and judgment.

Open-mindedness and Judgment: A Character Strength on the Fence
By Aren Cohen  
March 12, 2015 – 11:21 am | No Comment
On the fence

The character strength of Open-mindedness or Judgment becomes a sticky one precisely because it straddles a boundary between character and questioning ethics. Open-mindedness seems to stem from compassion and a sense of tolerance and receptivity. Conversely, judgment implies logic and rationality, as well as a determination that one option is superior to another.

Busyness, Idleness, and Fulfillment
By Homaira Kabir  
March 9, 2015 – 8:51 am | No Comment
Egg faces

My twins’ busy schedules had become a source of worry for me. Rare were the moments when I saw them relax with a storybook, while the afternoon away with friends, or unwind by throwing hoops in the basketball net.

So I made taking time out a priority.

The Real World of the Ivory Tower: My Appreciative Education Conference Experience
By Susanna Wu-Pong  
March 6, 2015 – 3:11 pm | One Comment
Universities as complex organizations

Yesterday I sketched the 3 main topics highlighted in the Appreciative Education conference in early January. Today I want to talk the ways appreciative education relates to positive psychology, appreciative mindsets, and ways appreciative education can contribute to my own goals around creating positive universities and university experiences.

Three Areas of Appreciative Education (Conference)
By Susanna Wu-Pong  
March 5, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
square ae pic

The Appreciative Education (AE) Conference took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in early January 2015. According to conference organizer, Jennifer Bloom, AE aims to improve education in K-12 through higher education by providing “an intentional and positive approach to bettering educational enterprises by focusing on the strengths and potential of individuals and organizations to accomplish co-created goals.”

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