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The Unhappy Positive Psychology Student?
By Dan Collinson  
November 25, 2014 – 8:00 pm | 3 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 | 6 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.

Comfortable in Your Own Skin (Part 1): Authenticity and Well-Being
By Jan Stanley  
September 25, 2014 – 10:02 am | No Comment
My taupe sweater

When temperatures drop with the coming of autumn, I love wrapping up in my most comfortably warm wool sweaters. A favorite is my fine gauge taupe cardigan with the gold buttons. It looks, smells and feels like genuine wool down to its smallest visible fibers. What can we say about ourselves that is true in every fiber of our being?

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.

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