Articles in Relationships
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mindful of the need to turn inspiration into action, I posed a challenge in the last slide: “What can you do to bring Positive Education to your school system?” They were then given heart-shaped post-its upon which to write down their intentions.
There are places where people live longer, happier and healthier lives. They are mostly in remote places such as Okinawa in Japan. On average, those who live in such places live 10 or more years longer than the average, enjoying active lives well into their 90s. What can we learn from these healthy people? The most important lesson is that people living in these geographic areas do not achieve this in isolation. The healthy choice is “the way we do things around here.”
Pick any chapter from Chris Peterson’s posthumously published book, Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology, and you’re in for a real treat. His reflections cover every aspect of what it means to be human and to live a life worth living. Even sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll get a passing mention, although you won’t find them listed in the index.
Many of the major findings from this book about healthy and unhealthy male development and adaptation to life will likely astound you. Here are 10 findings to whet your appetite for more.
I contend that we could improve the quality of life for elders and for ourselves as caregivers if we could assess social fitness and provide suggestions for enhancing strengths and addressing areas needing improvement.