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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?

The Write to Flourish
By Fiona Parashar  
May 29, 2014 – 10:17 am | 6 Comments
Well-thumbed journal

What started as a casual diary in my early teens is now a daily ritual, as essential as the caffeine that accompanies it. I’m talking about writing a journal, my life enhancing way to juggle my obligations and wants. So imagine my delight when I discovered that the practice can create personal and spiritual growth. The question is, how?

5 Minutes to Feeling More Loved, Valued, Peaceful, and Connected
By Christine Duvivier  
February 14, 2014 – 9:35 am | 4 Comments
Photo of Birds Taking Off

When they want to feel more loved, valued, respected or connected, most people give away their power. They ask (or want) others to be different, which means someone else’s behavior determines how happy they will be.
What do happier people do?

Nelson Mandela: A Life and Legacy of Strengths
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 8, 2013 – 8:25 am | 8 Comments
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

December 5, 2013 will be remembered for news of the death of the first black president of South Africa, anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela. I’m not normally drawn to writing about political leaders. But Mandela was different in every respect. His life was a life well-lived.

How Wide and How Deep?
By Kathryn Britton  
August 6, 2013 – 1:43 pm | 5 Comments

Time to take another look at the IPPA Third World Congress. How wide was the coverage? Then how deep did positive psychology go when it was embodied by the Chilean miners during their long ordeal? This was one of the stories I heard when I was at the conference.

Beyond the Horizon
By Sean Doyle  
June 14, 2013 – 1:13 pm | 8 Comments
Sunrise over the ocean horizon

Just as the possibilities beyond the horizon are endless, so too are our potential ways of interacting with the world. The challenge is to embrace the sweet density and obscurity of life, recognize the meaning in the rawness of experience, and acknowledge that through reflection we may never catch up. What we decide now matters. If we have to play the game, we might as well play it beautifully, see what we can learn, try to make things better and easier for one another and enjoy the ride as much as we can.

Eleven Reasons to Own, Love, and Give Pursuing the Good Life (Book Review)
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
May 27, 2013 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

Pick any chapter from Chris Peterson’s posthumously published book, Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology, and you’re in for a real treat. His reflections cover every aspect of what it means to be human and to live a life worth living. Even sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll get a passing mention, although you won’t find them listed in the index.

Making Hope Happen (Book Review)
By Doug Turner  
May 17, 2013 – 7:28 am | 2 Comments

Making Hope Happen is fun to read and full of both science and stories. Lopez helps us understand that there is a difference between optimism and hope. He outlines The Hope Cycle, which includes goals, agency, and pathways. He makes a case for the value of cultivating hope in our lives.

Honda and the Joy of Engineering
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 3, 2012 – 8:10 am | 9 Comments
My Honda Keys

Even though Ken Keir focused on Honda’s R&D philosophy, explaining that in recessionary times, the company goes against the tide and invests more in R&D rather than less, by the time we reached slide 5 of the presentation on the Honda strategy, vision, values, and behavior, it was pretty clear to me that here was a company founded on positive psychology principles. How did I know?

2012 London Olympic Games: The Optimism Legacy
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
August 30, 2012 – 10:00 am | 21 Comments
Olympic Games Maker

During the recent London 2012 Olympic Games an unparalleled mood of optimism and hope swept across the United Kingdom. It was without doubt an extraordinary two weeks. The question is whether we can maintain and capitalize on that sense of  Olympic optimism now that the games are over, the athletes have all flown home, and life is settling back to normal. As with the sporting legacy, only time will tell.

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