Articles in Strengths
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.
Morgan Mitchell’s Newsweek article, The ‘Tyranny’ of Positive Thinking can Threaten Your Health and Happiness makes a fundamental error concerning the definition of positive psychology. I wish to correct that error.
Almost twenty years ago, I made a naïve mistake that could have cost me my life. Faced with this unexpected personal crisis, I learned a critical lesson about balancing excitement and bold action with prudence. But it took my 5-year-old son to put the lesson into words.
My rainbow baby writer’s block serves as a reminder that sometimes we need to sit back and let life unfold while maintaining self-compassion in our passive state.
In this series, I take you on a four-conference tour, starting with a conference at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada.
The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) Conference had me at its title: I got to Exhilarate! for two days with hundreds of positive Canadians.
The day begins. It’s time to make decisions. Recruiting staff, opening a factory, launching a new product, reaching a sales goal, dealing with the new chief, or integrating another team are among many topics that require focused attention and efficiency from executives to meet the economic results expected by the board and owners.
How do hope and optimism vary among executives facing these challenges?
We invite the readers of Positive Psychology News to add their memories as we honor the life of Shane Lopez, who contributed so much to our understanding of Hope and positive psychology in general.
In the first of a series of articles about the keynote addresses at the June Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference, find out about Dr. Lea Waters, who decided to work on introducing positive psychology into an institution with a very broad reach: the family.
Celebrating the birthday of the 3rd book in the PPND series and announcing the new page of consolidated references.
There was my lesson. What my child needed was my attunement to help her make sense of her emotions. By shushing them down with a glassful of gratitude, I was simply shirking my responsibility.