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Fringe Benefits of Appreciating Beauty and Excellence
By Sherri Fisher  
September 15, 2014 – 4:09 pm | 12 Comments
Thunderstorm

Some people might be scared by a thunderstorm while others might be awed. In those moments, the person with the strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is able to transcend ego and instead be moved to an awareness of the vastness and amazement that the world has to offer. Time slows down. In such moments a person may feel drawn to future opportunities for using this strength.

5 Minutes to Feeling More Loved, Valued, Peaceful, and Connected
By Christine Duvivier  
February 14, 2014 – 9:35 am | 4 Comments
Photo of Birds Taking Off

When they want to feel more loved, valued, respected or connected, most people give away their power. They ask (or want) others to be different, which means someone else’s behavior determines how happy they will be.
What do happier people do?

Strengths Have Many Faces
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
January 31, 2014 – 3:19 pm | 12 Comments
   Figurines

Earlier this month I got together with several of my colleagues to share ideas about using the VIA Character Strengths at work. We shared stories about seeing the same strength displayed in different ways in different people. Take Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Here are three stories about this strength manifesting in different ways in different lives.

Beyond the Horizon
By Sean Doyle  
June 14, 2013 – 1:13 pm | 8 Comments
Sunrise over the ocean horizon

Just as the possibilities beyond the horizon are endless, so too are our potential ways of interacting with the world. The challenge is to embrace the sweet density and obscurity of life, recognize the meaning in the rawness of experience, and acknowledge that through reflection we may never catch up. What we decide now matters. If we have to play the game, we might as well play it beautifully, see what we can learn, try to make things better and easier for one another and enjoy the ride as much as we can.

To Slow Down
By Sean Doyle  
April 23, 2013 – 2:24 pm | 26 Comments
A place to slow down

Slowing down re-energizes us and allows us to nurture ourselves so that we can enjoy what we are doing in the moment we are doing it. It allows us to connect with people, rather than just check in. It opens us to awe and wonder, and it lets us play and discover the beauty that exists all around us.

Time is of the Awesence
By Genevieve Douglass  
November 12, 2012 – 11:15 am | One Comment
Hurricane Sandy

Two weeks ago, I gained first-hand experience of Hurricane Sandy, the largest hurricane to hit New York City in a long time. In the midst of subways being shut down and businesses being closed for days on end, there was no rush to get things done. No rush to be anywhere. I simply felt like I had time. That brought to mind the research by Melanie Rudd, Jennifer Aaker, and Kathleen Vohs concerning the question, “When do people feel as if they are rich in time?”

You Mattered, Chris
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
October 10, 2012 – 2:07 pm | 53 Comments
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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.

Can going to the movies make you a better person?
By Jeffrey Siegel  
August 5, 2011 – 9:41 am | 5 Comments
Cuddling a baby

Can going to the movies make you a better person? It depends on the type of positive emotions the film elicits. At last week’s IPPA World Congress, I was captivated with Lindsay Doran’s presentation on “Hollywood and Happiness.” After thirty years in the industry, she thought she knew everything there was to know about movies. That was until she met Martin Seligman.

Oprah’s Last Class
By Louisa Jewell  
May 27, 2011 – 10:05 am | 12 Comments
Oprah-head-shot 2

For twenty years my dear friend Ann and I have been watching the Oprah Winfrey show, so it seemed appropriate that we watch Oprah’s last show together. Through the power of storytelling and television, Oprah brought to life many lessons taught by positive psychologists around the world. She used her final show to share her greatest lessons from 25 years of the Oprah show. Here they are…

What Works?
By Alan Foster  
May 13, 2011 – 11:27 am | 17 Comments
Change the Language

Over the last three years, almost every positive psychology intervention I have piloted has gone awry. Let me explain. I had lots of autonomy and could pilot interventions across the 40 global offices and 5000 employees – sometimes I thought of it as my personal laboratory. Upon a little reflection, I think I have learned three lessons.

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