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Work Hard, Be Nice
By James O'Shaughnessy and Emily Larson  
December 10, 2014 – 8:17 am | 7 Comments
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This article tries to answer some of the most burning questions about positive education with the strongest evidence currently available to support our proposition. These are the questions we tend to experience when discussing positive education with an interested but skeptical audience.

New CAPP Programs Springing Up in 2015
By Elaine O'Brien  
November 21, 2014 – 9:45 am | No Comment
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Today I highlight experiences and perceptions of five MAPP alumni who also participated in the CAPP program with me. The CAPP program has prepared us to go teach similar programs elsewhere. We are starting several new CAPP programs at new locations in 2015. Sign up to be informed when a program near you comes available.

Myths about Upside of Your Dark Side
By Robert Biswas-Diener  
October 15, 2014 – 7:25 am | No Comment
 

Although it has only been out for two weeks, The Upside of Your Dark Side has stirred some spirited discussion. I want to add a few comments, addressing four myths that have been raised about the book.

Positive Psychology Researcher List: Invitation to Use and Contribute
By Seph Fontane Pennock and Lisa Sansom  
September 22, 2014 – 4:42 pm | 2 Comments
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Have you ever wished you had a list of researchers in all corners of the positive psychology field with links to their websites where you could find papers and descriptions of research topics?

Sustainable Happiness: You are Invited to a Free Online Event
By Miriam Akhtar  
May 8, 2014 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
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Bristol is preparing to green light a range of projects that combine sustainability with well-being. One of these is a free online lecture whose theme is Sustainable Happiness, a topic that I will explore alongside Chris Johnstone, co-author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy. You are invited to this free event.

So what is sustainable happiness?

Kindness: From Random Acts to a Way of Life
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
April 28, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment
 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is about the highs and lows of a boy with a severe facial disfigurement as he attends middle school for the first time. It’s a brilliant book, very thought provoking on the nature of resilience and friendship and courage and kindness. It has led me to think about kindness, from random acts such as the challenge to NekNominations from South Africa to all the non-randomly kind people who are thoughtful, and helpful to others simply because that’s who they are.

#CharacterDay on March 20: Film Premiere of The Science of Character
By Tiffany Schlain  
March 20, 2014 – 9:24 am | No Comment
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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 | 6 Comments
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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
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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.

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