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Never Split the Difference! (Watermark Event with Chris Voss)
By Editor S.M.  
July 21, 2016 – 4:30 pm | One Comment

What should you write in an email if you want a response within minutes?

Why is it a good strategy to get your negotiation counterpart to say “No”?

Big Vision Drives Big Action
By Elaine O'Brien  
June 5, 2016 – 1:52 pm | 8 Comments

The United Nations has 17 sustainable development goals that create a broad vision of a positive future. In service of these goals, Kunal Sood intends to have a positive effect on the lives of a billion people by combining technology and entrepreneurship. Whether or not you think as big as Kunal does, there are things you can do on a daily basis to move us toward a positive future.

Happy in an Irresolvable Dilemma Part 3: Personal Happiness and Social Change Dilemma
By Laura Musikanski  
October 28, 2015 – 5:33 pm | 3 Comments

The connection between positive psychology (for personal happiness) and the happiness movement (for an economy and society based on well-being, sustainability and happiness for all beings) seems simple and obvious. In reality it isn’t.

Happy in an Irresolvable Dilemma, Part 2: The Gross National Happiness Dilemma
By Laura Musikanski  
October 12, 2015 – 10:23 am | 2 Comments
Prayer flags

It is unknown if it will take five, ten, or more years to bring Bhutan out of poverty and increase the country’s Gross National Happiness. Policy makers cannot look to another nation for examples of what to do or what not to do for the Gross National Happiness of its nation. There are no known solutions. This is one of the features of an irresolvable dilemma. Yet the future of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness depends on whether policy makers in Bhutan can live with the irresolvable dilemma of Gross National Happiness.

Happy in an Irresolvable Dilemma: Part 1, The Sad-Happy Dilemma
By Laura Musikanski  
October 6, 2015 – 8:54 am | 2 Comments

To feel truly happy, loving, joyous, confident, peaceful, grateful, loving,and all the other positive feelings, you have to allow yourself to feel the negative feelings (within a healthy range). I call this the sad and happy irresolvable dilemma. From my observation, this is a necessary lesson to get the full benefit from all other happiness lessons.

Five Ways to Measure Happiness
By Laura Musikanski  
August 26, 2015 – 2:53 pm | 3 Comments

If someone told you that the question about whether happiness could be measured was settled and the issue at hand is how to use happiness data, would you believe it? Most would say no, but a growing number of psychologists, economists, community activists, and policy makers are proving that happiness is quantifiable and that the data is useful.

Positive Psychology Needs to Find a Seat at the Technology Table
By Daniel Faggella  
September 12, 2014 – 12:36 pm | 11 Comments

Technology isn’t simply a conduit for spreading positive psychology. It will be one force that reshapes and augments our very notions of human experience and of well-being itself. We cannot afford to be technological bystanders if we want to bring about Seligman’s aim that 51% of the human population flourishes by 2051.

Well-being and Materialism on a Seesaw (#CPPA2014)
By Kathryn Britton  
September 9, 2014 – 9:52 am | 2 Comments
Seesaw

Tim Kasser made the point that materialism and well-being tend to be related to each other like two riders on a seesaw. When one goes up, the other goes down. This has implications for both individuals and society.

The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (Book Review)
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
July 29, 2013 – 2:03 pm | 2 Comments
Oxford Handbook of Happine

This is a ground-breaking volume of positive psychology research, and the breadth of perspectives is unparalleled. Not only are new and more specialized topics included, but even familiar topics are illustrated with up-to-date research, case studies, and examples. Clearly this is what positive psychology students and teachers need to progress the science, do high quality research, and put it out into the public domain.

Positive Psychology Comes to the Philippines
By Sulynn  
May 29, 2013 – 11:28 am | One Comment

More than 300 educators, psychologists, counselors, students, and administrative heads of learning institutions across the Philippines gathered at the Villa Careres Hotel in Naga City to participate in the First National Convention on Positive Psychology. How did this festive and educational event come about?

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