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How might we create a deeper understanding of the elements that drive well-being? How do we capture meaning, ensure learning, and build collaboration so that people engage in the issues that strengthen their well-being? What about using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to help people think with their fingers and eyes as well as their minds.
Early in my career I had learned that if you want your product or service to be successful, all you have to do is (ask and) listen and act on what you hear, or don’t hear. We asked. You all spoke. We acted on your suggestions, bringing you Positive Psychology Toolkit 2.0. We also added a community forum so that all of our toolkit users could request new tools and interact with each other.
A few months ago I explored the relationship between health outcomes and explanatory style in 200 executives, including 119 men and 81 women from the main companies in Peru. I divided the executives into two groups based on the Seligman’s Attributional Style Questionnaire: those with predominately optimistic explanatory styles and those with predominately pessimistic explanatory styles. Then I looked at the way their explanatory styles related to two variables of health.
Positive Psychology News (PPND) published its first article, What is Positive Psychology? by Senia Maymin on January 1, 2007. In the 10 years since then, PPND has published more than 1350 articles by nearly 150 different authors. That is a lot of points of view on bringing positive psychology to work in many different life circumstances.
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?
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.
The Positive Psychology Toolkit is a science-based, online platform containing 120+ exercises, activities, interventions, questionnaires, assessments and scales in PDF-format. 1.000+ practitioners are now working with this toolkit in their coaching practice, teaching, therapy trajectories and corporate wellness programs. There are only a few more days to subscribe at the current price.
If you were to ask me whether to get a Ph.D., or do research, or go into positive psychology, here are seven questions I would ask you. From the answers to these questions, you will likely know where you belong. After that, it’s up to you to understand the vagaries of the field (and job market!) and to find mentors to train, advise, and advocate for you so that you can make your own mark in the field.
In the end, money matters.
Wisdom and people matter most.
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