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#CharacterDay on March 20: Film Premiere of The Science of Character
By Tiffany Schlain  
March 20, 2014 – 9:24 am | No Comment
Film Premiere today

Today is #CharacterDay, the premiere of an 8-minute film that explores the social science and neuroscience behind character development and how we can shape who we are. Find out how to view the film and participate in the events going on today.

International Happiness Day on March 20: Sign Up for a Free Online Mini-Conference
By Kathryn Britton  
February 24, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

The United Nations declared that March 20, 2014 will be the second International Day of Happiness. In honor of this event, the graduates of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at Penn are offering a free mini conference about various applications of positive psychology at work, at home, and in the community. Find out more about this free event.

Certificate in Applied Pos Psych Program Launched
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
February 22, 2014 – 3:52 pm | 4 Comments
CAPP logo without label

The Flourishing Center, in partnership with the New York Open Center, is granting a Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) through a 6-month program that has been approved by the New York Board of Education. The program covers all the topics that make positive psychology so fascinating, including gratitude, resilience, positive emotions, mindset, flow, strengths, and self-regulation. It also covers topics that are becoming mainstream in positive psychology, such as mindfulness, altruism, spirituality, neuroscience, and physical vitality.

Nelson Mandela: A Life and Legacy of Strengths
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 8, 2013 – 8:25 am | 8 Comments
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

December 5, 2013 will be remembered for news of the death of the first black president of South Africa, anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela. I’m not normally drawn to writing about political leaders. But Mandela was different in every respect. His life was a life well-lived.

The Science of Thriving: Online Conference in September
By Editor K.H.B.  
August 14, 2013 – 2:14 pm | One Comment
Heidi Halvorson

Learn about a free online conference sponsored by Dr. Heidi Halvorson and scheduled for September that brings together numerous experts to address the question, “There’s a lot of advice out there – but where’s the evidence that it actually works?”

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: Course on Coursera
By Editor K.H.B.  
April 18, 2013 – 8:53 am | One Comment
Leadership and Emotional Intelligence:  Course on Coursera

What if someone offered you a course on a positive psychology topic that was:

Taught by an expert in the field
Available everywhere in the world
Six weeks long
Required 3 to 4 hours of work per week
You choose …

Beer and Philosophy: Engagement Japanese Style
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
January 7, 2013 – 11:49 am | 14 Comments
Beer and Cherry Blossom

According to several news reports, what Inamori did to re-engage employees and lead Japanese Airlines back into the black was to insist on compulsory philosophy sessions for all staff, washed down with free beer. I was so intrigued by this story that I wanted to delve a bit deeper. I hoped Kazuo Inamori’s business philosophy might yield some positive psychology gems like the ones I recently found with Honda.

Getting to Grips with the UK’s Well-Being
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
November 21, 2012 – 11:56 am | 4 Comments
wheel of wellbeing

Yesterday, the UK’s Office for National Statistics published its first Annual Report on Measuring National Well-being (MNW). The MNW aim is to publish accepted and trusted statistics that help people monitor well-being in the UK. Fascinating reading! Even those outside the UK are sure to find something that surprises you, and the report may prompt you to question your understanding of how you can promote well-being for others, whether in your work or in life generally.

You Mattered, Chris
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
October 10, 2012 – 2:07 pm | 52 Comments

Christopher Peterson died yesterday. We’ve been touched by the shock wave going through the world-wide community surrounding his generous and productive life. Resilient people get comfort by remembering. So let’s share our memories to keep the picture of Chris vivid in our minds.

Happiness, Right Before Your Eyes (Review of The Happy Show)
By Prakriti Tandon  
September 17, 2012 – 10:58 am | 3 Comments

Within the first five minutes of walking into graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s exhibit, “The Happy Show,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, I found myself being instructed to drop a quarter into a machine whose destination seemed to be smack in the middle of the sidewalk outside (and conferred no immediate gratification to do so: no gumball, no decoder ring, no stuffed toy to reward the action). On blind faith and curiosity, I did so.

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