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

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.

Lisa Sansom on PPND TV (and #cppa2014)
By Senia Maymin  
July 17, 2014 – 4:26 pm | 10 Comments
Lisa Sansom on PPND TV (and #cppa2014)

Today on PPND TV, we bring you the crux of positive psychology in brief video interviews of researchers and practitioners. Today’s guest is Lisa Sansom. Lisa speaks on the positive psychology research finding that has most changed her life, strengths constellations, “individualization,” and on catching people doing things right.

The interviewer is Senia Maymin.

Praise for the Morning
By Fiona Parashar  
July 14, 2014 – 8:52 am | 4 Comments
Lark

I’ve always loved the early mornings, although it hasn’t always made me popular with family and friends. So I was intrigued recently to find that getting up with the lark has proven scientific benefits, not just the emotional ones I enjoy. Here are five advantages to being an early bird that might entice you to try it.

Confident Rejection: Handling Fear of Failure
By Genevieve Douglass  
July 11, 2014 – 9:59 am | 14 Comments
The Basket of Evidence

Earlier I described my growing awareness of fear of failure, how it became a familiar part of myself at home in my psyche. So, how do I deal with this unhelpful little shadow, my fear of being valueless?

Confident Rejection: A First-hand Look at Fear of Failure
By Genevieve Douglass  
July 9, 2014 – 12:59 pm | 9 Comments
From its clenched fists

How do I deal with this unhelpful little shadow, the fear of being valueless, and rebuild my identity? Seeing what it’s been up to and how it manifests is undoubtedly the first step. Stepping back and looking at it seems to take away much of its power.

Making the Right Choices
By Seph Fontane Pennock  
July 7, 2014 – 9:46 pm | 5 Comments
Making the Right Choices

Today’s Western society is characterized by an abundance of choices, from supermarket products to online education to career choices. At first sight, these opportunities may seem very positive, but at the same time they pose a serious challenge: How to make the right choice? If the number of choices increases, so does the possibility of making the wrong choice. What insights from positive psychology can help us increase the chance of making the right choices?

Workplace Well-Being is Not an Oxymoron
By Shannon Polly  
July 2, 2014 – 9:48 am | 3 Comments
I love my job!

New data shows that work engagement is better than usually reported. Workplace bullying needs some active attention. Wellness programs may benefit from sneak approaches, such as using smaller plates in lunch lines. The interface between work and life is smoothest when employers and employees collaborate on the solutions. These are just some of the takeaways from the stimulating Work & Well-Being 2014 conference held on May 30 in Washington, D.C..

Focus on Education: CPPA Conference Early Bird Registration About to End
By Lisa Sansom  
June 30, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment
Mindfulness and Children

Still trying to decide whether to attend the Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference in a few weeks? Read these previews of applications of positive psychology in educational settings. Not able to attend? You still may want to know about the work these people are doing.

Positive Psychology & the Illusion of Free Will
By Sherif Arafa  
June 27, 2014 – 8:01 am | 6 Comments
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Positive Psychology focuses on many constructs that are related to the idea of freedom. Sonja Lyubomirsky found that about 40% of the variation in happiness across a population is attributable to intentional activities rather than genetic or environmental factors. Isn’t she talking about making free decisions?

If freedom is that important, how can we reconcile Positive Psychology with studies that appear to undermine free will?

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