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Looking for Some Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas?
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
December 19, 2014 – 12:09 pm | 3 Comments
Christmas morning

The holiday gift giving scene is upon us. Perhaps some of the suggestions here will give fresh ideas about giving gifts that show love and build well-being.

Sisu: Beyond Perseverance
By Marta Velázquez  
December 15, 2014 – 8:58 pm | 3 Comments
Facing the challenge

Sisu is a 500-year old Finnish construct, which appeals to the spirit and strength that enable people to persevere through difficulties despite feeling they have reached the end of their physical or mental capacities.

Work Hard, Be Nice
By James O'Shaughnessy and Emily Larson  
December 10, 2014 – 8:17 am | 7 Comments
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This article tries to answer some of the most burning questions about positive education with the strongest evidence currently available to support our proposition. These are the questions we tend to experience when discussing positive education with an interested but skeptical audience.

On Monkeys and the Goddess: Fairness
By Sean Doyle  
December 1, 2014 – 9:59 am | 5 Comments
Aequita

Approaching the world as fundamentally fair makes us sensitive to when it is not. This is good and powerful and essential for proportionality and equity in our world. It is how laws are made and changed. It is what calls us to protect the vulnerable. But if we are not attentive to the biases and wishes cast by our strengths, they can also blind us to other values that may be at stake. You might not see that there were other facts holding the scales in balance.

The Unhappy Positive Psychology Student?
By Dan Collinson  
November 25, 2014 – 8:00 pm | 6 Comments
Laughing together

Having recently completed the dissertation for my MAPP program, I can now reflect on the final few weeks before my submission. I felt pressured, had a drop in overall well-being, and struggled to get into flow. Worse still, I wasn’t great company to be around. I thought to myself, as a student and researcher of positive psychology, how could I be unhappy and not flourishing? But at least I wasn’t languishing. What kept me from dipping into languishing?

Be Creative Like a Child
By Thomas Heffner  
November 24, 2014 – 12:15 pm | 7 Comments
Access the child within

The ability to be creative gives us the confidence to meet any problem, challenge, or opportunity that comes our way. Life, both personal and professional, is nothing if not full of challenges, problems, and opportunities. What is creativity? How does it contribute to well-being? How can we gain more of it? Hint: Look at the title.

Being Whole
By Homaira Kabir  
November 7, 2014 – 6:27 am | 13 Comments
Submarine emerging

Emotions evolved over millennia to ensure our survival. Each one has a purpose. It reminds us to call attention, take action, avoid the situation, reach out to others, give back, feel connected, and a myriad of other thought-action repertoires that ensure not only our survival but also our well-being in life. Compassion meditation helps us to acknowledge the message in our emotions. Think of the subconscious mind as the captain of our ship under the seas. We would do well to be attentive to his call, hear his message and then guide him from our vantage point above the waters.

Struggling with Gratitude
By Shannon Polly  
November 5, 2014 – 11:01 am | 13 Comments
ENT Clinic doesn't do noses

If you know that gratitude is good for you but it is still a struggle, how do you work on it?

Perspective: Giving Up When You Can’t Cut The Mustard
By Daniel Tomasulo  
October 9, 2014 – 4:12 am | 5 Comments
Hot dog stand

What do you say when your dissertation advisor suggests it’s time to open a hot dog stand?

Comfortable in Your Own Skin (Part 2): Three Avenues to Authenticity
By Jan Stanley  
September 26, 2014 – 8:17 am | 2 Comments
Deathbed thoughts

Living authentically comes naturally to those with the signature strength of Integrity, Honesty, and Authenticity. For others, more thought and action may be required to ramp up authenticity levels. Here are three evidence-driven approaches to consider, along with three ways authenticity benefit us in addition to increasing well-being.

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