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Positive Psychology Toolkit Update (Sponsored)
By Seph Fontane Pennock  
March 22, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

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.

Money is an Imperfect Incentive, Not Just at Wells Fargo
By Robert Rosales  
September 27, 2016 – 12:50 pm | 15 Comments

In the end, money matters.

Wisdom and people matter most.

Write a Happiness-boosting Progress Report (@ScottCrab)
By Scott Crabtree  
September 13, 2016 – 12:08 pm | 2 Comments

Like any business leader, I wanted to be informed of what my employees were up to, so I requested that all of us write status reports. But status reports can become boring and sometimes feel pointless. What does science tell us about making them both a joy to write and a joy to read?

What Am I Doing, and Why?
By Orin Davis  
July 27, 2016 – 10:54 pm | 2 Comments

What do we want in the near-term?

In the long term?

What are our goals in our work, recreational, relational, and personal lives?

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.

Managing a Procrastination Hierarchy
By Kathryn Britton  
November 23, 2015 – 6:17 am | 19 Comments

As I ponder the ways I’ve managed my own procrastination, I keep remembering something I observed in college: I have a procrastination hierarchy, and I can manipulate it to make myself get moving on a particular task.

Upward Spiral Seen at the Airport (An IPPA Report)
By Kathryn Britton  
July 2, 2015 – 9:20 am | 4 Comments

On Sunday morning at the IPPA World Congress, I heard Barbara Fredrickson give a keynote address about a fundamental challenge of our time, helping people build healthy habits. She suggested that finding enjoyment in healthy behaviors can create an upward spiral. Liking leads to wanting. Wanting affects the spontaneous thoughts that pop up in peoples’ minds. Those thoughts lead to small choices that affect health. Imagine my amazement when I saw her positivity spiral in action in the airport food court just a few hours later.

Leap of Faith
By Homaira Kabir  
May 21, 2015 – 8:50 am | 6 Comments

As a mother, I knew what was best for him, I told myself. I could not trust his teenage judgment. But something deeper prompted me to question my reasoning. Did I fear knowing his goals in case they were different from mine? Was I running away from the possibility that his ideals of success would not measure up to societal standards? Would I be able to face it if they didn’t? I slowly began to see myself hiding behind the guise of motherhood.

Motivational Focus
By Amanda Horne  
February 3, 2015 – 10:39 am | One Comment
Quiet energy

I want to add to Lisa’s review of the book Focus by discussing prevention and promotion focus. Both kinds of focus can sometimes work together. For example, with the goal to exercise more, promotion-focus gives people enthusiasm for the gain of better fitness, and prevention-focus keeps them vigilant in the long term to avoid losing the fitness they built up.

Designing Happiness for 2015
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 26, 2014 – 4:23 pm | 6 Comments

From Paul Dolan’s talk about his new book, Happiness by Design, I gained 3 important insights to shape my thinking about happiness in the new year.

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