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Fringe Benefits of Appreciating Beauty and Excellence
By Sherri Fisher  
September 15, 2014 – 4:09 pm | 13 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.

Positive Strokes: A Story of Post-traumatic Growth
By Miriam Akhtar  
September 3, 2014 – 9:25 am | One Comment
Robert Wilkinson Quotation

It may be easier to advocate for positive psychology when life is on an upward slope, but for me, it has been the tough times that have truly shown me the value of the science. In July less than 24 hours after facilitating the Penn Resilience Program I got a phone call which would plunge me into a test of my own resilience.

Zest and Enthusiasm
By Paula Davis-Laack  
August 29, 2014 – 7:38 am | One Comment
Radiating zest

The character strength of zest can be an important barometer for how you’re doing at work and in life. Companies and individuals would be wise to pay more attention to it.

Being Curious about Likes and Dislikes
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
August 26, 2014 – 7:14 am | One Comment
Ironing Board Book Case

Increasing our level of curiosity by spotting the novelty in a job or task we actively dislike is a great way to make it less of a chore and open us up to new possibilities.

Positive Strength-Based Counseling and Therapy
By Laura L.C. Johnson  
August 25, 2014 – 10:00 am | 3 Comments
Growth

How do therapists identify and incorporate strengths in the therapy process? Read on to learn about five themes and associated interventions.

The World Premiere of North of Normal
By Monica Montijo  
August 21, 2014 – 12:37 am | One Comment
Travel map of 22 countries on six continents

The world premiere of North of Normal will take place on September 5 as part of the Western Positive Psychology Association Conference. Ph.D. students Monica Montijo and Angela Mouton traveled to 22 countries on six continents in order to interview people about love, passion, and peak experience. In addition to their doctoral research, they were inspired to make a documentary film to transmit their findings to a wide audience through the stories of people in diverse cultures and situations.

Countering Shame with Playfulness
By Diana Boufford  
August 3, 2014 – 2:33 pm | 2 Comments
Diana and her mother

I shared this particular story in Dr. Rashad’s workshop of Positive Psychotherapy, and he pointed out that I was able to employ the character strength of playfulness to address an ongoing and challenging problem with my mother.

Positive Psychology Road Trip: Summer 2014
By Lisa Buksbaum  
August 1, 2014 – 11:14 am | 3 Comments
Amsterdam sunset

I was thrilled to speak at two back-to-back Positive Psychology conferences this summer. I came away from the two experiences with my brain filled with new resources to integrate into my work and dozens of new connections. I am so grateful to be part of a community that is at the forefront of bringing positive health and wellness to people worldwide.

Other People Do Matter: ECPP2014
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
July 27, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Tiny tasks

The 7th ECPP in Amsterdam from 1st-4th July was a fabulous opportunity to get up-to-date with the latest positive psychology research and practice. I was struck by how often the conference returned to the theme of connection and, in the widest-possible sense, well-being from a community perspective.

Making the Right Choices
By Seph Fontane Pennock  
July 7, 2014 – 9:46 pm | 5 Comments
Making the Right Choices

Today’s Western society is characterized by an abundance of choices, from supermarket products to online education to career choices. At first sight, these opportunities may seem very positive, but at the same time they pose a serious challenge: How to make the right choice? If the number of choices increases, so does the possibility of making the wrong choice. What insights from positive psychology can help us increase the chance of making the right choices?

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