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Listening as an Act of Love
By Homaira Kabir  
February 26, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment
Vibrant child talking

Lunch-time was often a struggle for my mental capacities. Rarely did a day go by when my vibrant nine-year old, just back from school, failed to enlighten us with long and winding tales of girly social interactions. Rarely did I manage to follow them all the way through. In fact, I usually lost the story line somewhere in Act One….

TWO Coursera Courses Starting This Week
By Editor K.H.B.  
February 10, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment
Register for Better Leader, Richer Life

For followers of positive psychology, two relevant Coursera courses started this week:

Read about these courses and click through to register.

Lesson in Gratitude: The Teacher Taught
By Homaira Kabir  
February 7, 2015 – 1:35 pm | 11 Comments
Mother with twins

I guess it is the nature of parenthood to find your children ungrateful. Or at least not as grateful as they could be, should be or used to be. This feeling really hit me hard when my twins entered their teenage years. Then I realized how easily I had erased the memories of my little pigeons helplessly hooked up in their incubators, how conveniently I had become ungrateful to the forces that had listened to my desperate pleas for the life and health of my little babies.

Motivational Focus
By Amanda Horne  
February 3, 2015 – 10:39 am | One Comment
Quiet energy

I want to add to Lisa’s review of the book Focus by discussing prevention and promotion focus. Both kinds of focus can sometimes work together. For example, with the goal to exercise more, promotion-focus gives people enthusiasm for the gain of better fitness, and prevention-focus keeps them vigilant in the long term to avoid losing the fitness they built up.

Naked Truths
By Sean Doyle  
January 29, 2015 – 5:39 pm | 9 Comments
Wrinkles on a shaman's face

Alexander the Great looked at the philosopher sitting there, impoverished, rags over the rib-thin body, and asked what he was doing. “I am experiencing nothingness,” said the philosopher. “What are you doing?” “I am conquering the world,” responded Alexander, and they both laughed. Each thought the other was a fool.

Arianna Huffington: My Choice for the 2014 Positive Psychology Ambassador
By Giselle Nicholson  
January 26, 2015 – 11:00 am | 4 Comments
Ariana Huffington at

Master communicators can garner early attention to new science and simplify messaging in ways that appeal to larger non-expert audiences. I credit Arianna Huffington for helping positive psychology principles into mainstream conversation and popularizing many research findings.

The Lighter Side of Life
By Homaira Kabir  
January 21, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
Siblings laughing together

Although life may simply be a meaningless ride that we try and cloak with a fulfilling purpose, humor allows us to laugh at the insignificance of most things in the vast flow of human experience and yet connect to what we find truly important.

Barbara Fredrickson Talks About …
By Seph Fontane Pennock  
January 20, 2015 – 4:24 pm | 2 Comments
Barbara Fredrickson

I interviewed positive psychology pioneer Barbara Fredrickson on her views of psychology as a science, why it’s important to study positive psychology, what are her favorite topics to study, and what are her primary sources of positive emotion.

Mindfulness in the Morning is More than Meditation
By Louis Alloro  
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.

Can One Get a Doctorate in Positive Psychology?
By Orin Davis  
January 12, 2015 – 4:59 pm | 8 Comments
PhD graduation robes

Since a quick look at my bio reveals that I earned the first doctorate in positive psychology back in 2010, I know you are expecting a resounding yes to the question. I’d love to give that answer, but it’s not that simple. Let’s explore some questions about it.

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