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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.

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?

Other Lenses on Strengths
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
February 4, 2014 – 9:41 am | No Comment
New Lenses on Experience

What can you do to help people understand the strengths of others? How can you help them learn how to use different strengths as lenses to see things from different points of view? Here’s one fabulous technique, adapted from Michelle C. Louis to enable people to do just that. At the same time, it strengthens relationships.

Strengths Have Many Faces
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
January 31, 2014 – 3:19 pm | 12 Comments

Earlier this month I got together with several of my colleagues to share ideas about using the VIA Character Strengths at work. We shared stories about seeing the same strength displayed in different ways in different people. Take Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Here are three stories about this strength manifesting in different ways in different lives.

What to Give? Holiday Gift Ideas from PPND 2013
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
December 16, 2013 – 1:10 pm | 2 Comments
Scrabble tiles

We’ve had a tradition for several years now of presenting ideas for gifts for the holiday season. We’re a little late this year, but many of our gift ideas don’t require anything more than a card or piece of paper to make a promise. Besides, gift ideas are useful around the year for birthdays and other celebrations.

Going Wild for Positive Psychology
By Ryan Whisnant  
November 4, 2013 – 10:41 am | 3 Comments
My sit spot

Nature can be an easy, free, and effective toolkit for supercharging positive psychology practice, supporting positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Ultimately nature gives life to everything that supports flourishing. If we learn to nurture our relationship with the natural world, perhaps we’ll find it supports us in ways we never thought possible.

Unhappy at Work? Change Your Job While Still In It
By Eleanor Chin  
August 28, 2013 – 10:52 am | 7 Comments

When we are dissatisfied with our jobs, often our first instinct is to say, “Get out!” The very next thought is, “I can’t!” Then we feel stuck, and the emotional downward spiral begins. There is something we can do that is more effective than simply enduring the pain while stewing in resentment. In the short term, we can try re-crafting our job until we can create a longer-term solution.

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.

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.

Positively Caroline is Positively Inspiring (Book Review)
By Carin Rockind  
June 27, 2013 – 2:10 pm | 7 Comments

Caroline Miller’s ability to bounce back, rise above challenges and improve her lot in life is perhaps the book’s greatest gift. With her candor and strength, she teaches readers they too can survive and thrive through challenges. She teaches us to appreciate what is, to cultivate nurturing relationships with love and gratitude, and to approach life with grace and gusto.

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