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Thoughts for Starting the New Year
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
January 4, 2017 – 3:58 pm | 4 Comments

Positive Psychology News has a tradition of pulling together thoughts for the New Year, remembering that many people are taking stock and making resolutions. As you look ahead, perhaps the ideas below will help you find ways to make your life more happy and healthy. We also recommend that you follow Alicia’s lead and look back at 2016. What worked especially well then? What do you want to make sure you do more of in 2017?

Looking Back: Last Year’s Resolution Changed My Life
By Alicia Assad  
January 2, 2017 – 4:31 pm | 11 Comments
Brave Knight

I made a more gentle resolution for 2016, because I am a parent in a world where “mom guilt” is the trend. I want to do the best I can for the kids I love, but sometimes more is unproductive and better is unrealistic. By pairing my natural urges to be perfect with the remorse I carried following my son’s burn injury, I was on a one-way trip to martyrdom. For this reason, 2016 was the year of self-compassion. My year-end reflection reveals a happier, more resilient version of myself so I think this resolution is one I will keep.

One Mother’s Holiday Survival Guide
By Alicia Assad  
December 1, 2016 – 12:12 pm | 4 Comments

Yes there are crowds, more on the to-do list, and the flu season is upon us. But there are also more connections, sparkle, and cheer. Since I am (somewhat gracefully) surviving this holiday season with the support of the concepts I understand from positive psychology, I am compelled to spread my cheer by sharing my holiday survival list.

How to Encourage Employee Engagement
By Andrea Frank  
November 17, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

I am interested in the intersection of home, school, work, and play. How aligned are we across these domains of life, and how does that impact our engagement in them?

An Essay of Gratitude for the Midwife of Words
By Alicia Assad  
October 19, 2016 – 5:10 pm | 3 Comments

My rainbow baby writer’s block serves as a reminder that sometimes we need to sit back and let life unfold while maintaining self-compassion in our passive state.

Parents as Partners in Education
By Andrea Frank  
July 14, 2016 – 10:25 am | No Comment
Parents involved in maker ed

There is good news on the horizon for parents! The top-down trend characteristic of decades of parent education programs and educational institutions is showing signs of shifting. Experts are exploring the value of involving parents and children in co-creating curricula to meet their academic and household needs.

Strengths-based Parenting (#CPPA2016)
By Kathryn Britton  
June 30, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

In the first of a series of articles about the keynote addresses at the June Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference, find out about Dr. Lea Waters, who decided to work on introducing positive psychology into an institution with a very broad reach: the family.

When Gratitude Does Not Lead to Well-being
By Homaira Kabir  
May 10, 2016 – 1:02 pm | 2 Comments
Angry child

There was my lesson. What my child needed was my attunement to help her make sense of her emotions. By shushing them down with a glassful of gratitude, I was simply shirking my responsibility.

Card Game Stimulates Workplace Discussions (Review, Sponsored Link, and Discount)
By Kathryn Britton  
March 16, 2016 – 11:29 am | 3 Comments

Today is the day that one of our authors, Scott Crabtree, announces the release of his new card game, Choose Happiness@Work, aimed to stimulate group exploration about ways to become happier at work.

Strategies for Building a Career Based on Positive Psychology (Includes Sponsored Link)
By Emiliya Zhivotovskaya  
March 10, 2016 – 11:20 am | One Comment

The 5i Change (∆) Agent Model characterizes recurring themes in the ways that people use positive psychology in their livelihoods. While they may be teachers or coaches or therapists or doctors or dancers, what they actually do with positive psychology can be described by 5 verbs. Knowing which of these verbs characterize your own approach helps you take steps to augment your impact on the world.

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