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Articles in Pathway 2 “Engagement / Flow”

Can One Get a Doctorate in Positive Psychology?
By Orin Davis  
January 12, 2015 – 4:59 pm | 8 Comments

Since a quick look at my bio reveals that I earned the first doctorate in positive psychology back in 2010, I know you are expecting a resounding yes to the question. I’d love to give that answer, but it’s not that simple. Let’s explore some questions about it.

Fishing Your Way to Happiness
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
September 30, 2014 – 9:56 am | 5 Comments

You can easily see how a pastime like fishing can become much more than a way to relax and unwind at the end of a busy week. Sitting on the riverbank with a rod and box of bait for days at a time will eventually lead you to become fairly knowledgeable about fish and fishing, but it’s only by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into new realms that you’ll develop deep expertise.

Social Flow
By Jeremy McCarthy  
March 5, 2013 – 11:29 am | 11 Comments
In Sync

Is it better to pursue an individual flow activity, such as taking on a new skill or hobby? Or is it better to find flow interacting with others? Dr. Charles Walker set out to answer these questions.

Five Reasons to Focus on Flow
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
February 26, 2013 – 10:55 am | 8 Comments

There are many good reasons why we should focus more on flow as a route to well-being. Five of the best ones are highlighted here along with several tips for making flow experiences more likely.

PERMA Gifts
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
December 21, 2012 – 2:45 pm | 2 Comments

P is for Positive Emotion, E is for Engagement, R is for Relationships, M is for Meaning, and A is for Accomplishment. Using Martin Seligman’s alphabet of well-being, we bring you a set of ideas from our authors for flourishing during the holidays and beyond.

What is Positive Psychology? An Animation
By Nick Standlea  
October 31, 2012 – 1:52 pm | 12 Comments

If you’ve ever struggled to explain positive psychology to a friend or colleague, you are ready to appreciate this short animation by Nick Standlea, a former research associate for Mike Csikszentmihalyi at the Quality of Life Research Center. It’s food for the eyes and ears.

Why the Workplace Needs Positive Psychology
By Orin Davis  
March 6, 2012 – 9:28 am | 25 Comments

With increasing demands in the workplace and a greater need for knowledge-based work, innovation, and creativity, organizations need to find ways to enable their employees to do and be their best. Positive psychology can show those in management roles how to use and develop human capital. It can also guide organizational policy and enable workers to make their best contributions. Positive psychology has been, and will continue to be, a boon to the workplace.

The Positive Psychology Oscars of 2011: Elements of Flourishing
By Ryan Niemiec  
February 23, 2012 – 11:31 am | 4 Comments

Positive psychology movies are not only the lighthearted films that inspire and elevate us, but also the movies that teach us something about the human condition, help us face suffering, and shine a light on pain and tragedy. You’ll see a mixture of both types of films in my offering of the Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2011. This is part 1. Come back tomorrow for the awards for character strengths—and the best picture award.

To Surf or Not to Surf?
By Prakriti Tandon  
June 17, 2011 – 9:41 am | 13 Comments

As I pondered the topic for this article, I intended to focus on the purely euphoric experience of surfing, and the myriad ways in which it fulfilled a Positive Psychology purpose for me: flow, positive affect, flourishing through physical activity, and more. Just as positive psychology seeks not to reject the notion that life has its dark spaces, but to place more emphasis on the light spaces, I would not be telling the full story if I didn’t divulge an intense craving for what I felt out there on the water, and the truth of how I was contemplating very seriously moving to Hawaii and living out my days in a bikini.

When Valuing Happiness Backfires
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
May 25, 2011 – 11:32 am | 27 Comments
Questions Questions

New research by psychologist Iris Mauss and colleagues suggests that valuing happiness itself could be self-defeating and actually lead to disappointment. They conducted two studies, one a correlational study and another that manipulated how much people valued happiness.

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