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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..

Full-bodied Positive Psychology (July 2 is New Early Bird CPPA Conf. Deadline)
By Lisa Sansom  
June 9, 2014 – 9:19 am | One Comment
Sunset Yoga

While psychology generally has been a “neck-up” discipline, several positive psychology practitioners and researchers are looking at involving the whole body. Here’s a selection of our great speakers who will be appearing in Ottawa, Canada on July 17 and 18. (Today is the last day to register at the early bird rate.)

Positive Psychology in Different Populations
By Lisa Sansom  
May 19, 2014 – 11:07 am | 3 Comments
Resilience in Africa

At the upcoming Canadian Positive Psychology conference in Ottawa this July, many different keynotes, speakers and presenters will be sharing insights into their research and application of positive psychology. Typically, we think of positive psychology as serving a non-clinical population, but these forward-thinkers are taking positive psychology to populations that may be seen as vulnerable, disadvantaged, or difficult.

Health Promotion or Disease Prevention: Which Do You Need?
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
April 8, 2014 – 7:33 pm | 3 Comments
 

Many sources in the wellness industry erroneously treat the concepts of disease prevention and health promotion as if they were one and the same. That’s a big mistake, and not recognizing the inherent distinction between the two undoubtedly reduces our ability to implement our health intentions. Here’s why, and how to use each.

Five Thinking Errors That Hurt Your Health
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
March 11, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
   Running knees

Over generations of survivors, humans developed thinking shortcuts which are still very pervasive today. Of these common shortcuts, 5 are very costly to our health. While it is unlikely that we’ll ever break free of their influence, increased mindfulness can alleviate their effects on our thought processes, behaviors, and wellness.

5 Minutes to Feeling More Loved, Valued, Peaceful, and Connected
By Christine Duvivier  
February 14, 2014 – 9:35 am | 4 Comments
Photo of Birds Taking Off

When they want to feel more loved, valued, respected or connected, most people give away their power. They ask (or want) others to be different, which means someone else’s behavior determines how happy they will be.
What do happier people do?

Still Accepted But Blatantly Outdated
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
January 29, 2014 – 9:33 am | No Comment
   Let's stop taking huge portions

The desire to fit in is a powerful shaper of behavior. In some cases, social pressures serve us well. In other cases, social pressures are lagging behind their times. Here’s how to use social pressure to extinguish four unhealthy social norms.

Positive Psychology and the Body (Book Review)
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 27, 2013 – 2:40 pm | 7 Comments

The main message of this book is that it doesn’t work to focus only on the cognitive aspects of psychological well-being if you want to increase human flourishing. There are many processes involving the physical body that contribute to psychological well-being. If you have a serious interest in positive psychology and mental health, then reading Positive Psychology and the Body is a must.

Dogs: The Ultimate Health Promoters
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
October 2, 2013 – 10:53 am | 2 Comments
dog fun

Today I’d like to spend a few minutes looking at the many health benefits of owning a dog.

How Love Creates Health
By Shannon Polly  
August 13, 2013 – 10:06 am | 10 Comments
   Barbara Fredrickson at IPPA Congress

Love contributes to health. It doesn’t stop with counting blessings. It’s not abstract. It’s deeply physical. Let’s follow the argument made by Barbara Fredrickson during the IPPA World Congress.

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