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Acting “As If”
By Shannon Polly  
June 25, 2015 – 5:00 am | 4 Comments
Playing dress-up

When I facilitate workshops on character strengths, I find that many people immediately focus on the bottom of their lists where their weakest strengths are. We are hardwired with a negativity bias, after all, and it is not a bad thing to want to improve. I frequently get asked, “How can I develop my strengths?” I respond, “Pretend that you have them. Act ‘as if’ you are kind, or forgiving, or curious.“

Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2014
By Ryan Niemiec  
June 17, 2015 – 1:59 pm | 2 Comments
Tile from Des Plaines theater

Get your Netflix queue ready. Fire up the On-Demand services of your cable TV. Because it’s time for an annual PPND tradition since 2009, the positive psychology movie awards! These awards go to films that offer some of the best portrayals of key themes in positive psychology. 2014 was a very strong year for positive psychology movies. Here are the winners:

Wonderfully Imperfect
By Lisa Buksbaum  
June 5, 2015 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Puppets

Self-compassion is a way of relating to ourselves kindly, as we truly are, flaws and all.

This article contains an invitation to the Saturday party at IPPA on June 27 to benefit programs for hospitalized children by Soaring Words.

Same Time Next Week (Book Review)
By Laura L.C. Johnson  
June 3, 2015 – 7:00 am | No Comment
 

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but I found myself thinking about some of the stories long after I read them. I especially enjoyed the stories by individuals who personally experienced mental health disorders. They described the essential features of their recoveries, some of which are completely unexpected. Each story, whether by a therapist or a patient, is well-written from a personal perspective and reads like a mini-novel.

Open-Mindedness: Too Little, Too Much, Just Right
By Sandy Lewis  
May 25, 2015 – 2:19 pm | 4 Comments
Opinionated

When Open-Mindedness is used well, people can be extraordinarily adept at problem solving and able to make critical decisions clearly and with solid reasoning. They can be excellent leaders who bring objectivity to situations that might otherwise be ambiguous or highly slanted. But this strength can also be underused, leading to snap judgments, or overused, leading to decision paralysis. How do we use it to just the right degree?

Virtual Conference on Self-Confidence Starting Today – May 11
By Editor K.H.B.  
May 11, 2015 – 10:47 am | No Comment
 

Starting today: a virtual conference titled Banish Self-Doubt with the New Science of Self Confidence. You are invited to hear
Louisa Jewell host a series of interviews with experts on building confidence, courage, grit, and self-efficacy.

The Price of Critical Thinking
By Homaira Kabir  
May 7, 2015 – 8:52 am | 6 Comments
Fashion event

Yes, I could rest assured that they will not be gullible in life. But this thought did not reassure me. Instead, something gnawed at my heart. Something murmured its disquiet.

Signature Strengths: Translating Research into Practice
By Ryan Niemiec  
April 30, 2015 – 3:29 pm | 2 Comments
Treadmill by Kevin Gillespie

In practice, people find it surprisingly challenging to come up with new ways to use their signature strengths. Perhaps that’s because we often use our signature strengths without much awareness. For example, have you paid much attention to your use of self-regulation as you brush your teeth? Your level of prudence or kindness while driving?

Here are three tips for using your signature strengths in mindful ways.

What Do We Know about Signature Strengths?
By Ryan Niemiec  
April 28, 2015 – 11:36 am | 4 Comments
Strengths lens

If you have only one question to ask someone about their character strengths, make it, “What strengths are most essential to who you are and define you as a person?

Can The Arts Contribute to Health Promotion?
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
April 15, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Oil Painting

The arts have inspired us for centuries. Think of the emotion you still feel when you hear the song you associate with your first kiss or remember the play that made you laugh to tears. The arts add much richness to life. Yet, they are practically absent from work places.

Let’s explore what the arts can contribute to our work lives and to good health.

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