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Dave Shearon, MAPP, applies positive psychology to both law and education. Dave writes articles about applications of Positive Psychology to law and education at his site

Are You Leading for Better?
June 17, 2010 – 5:23 pm | 6 Comments
Are You Leading for Better?

Suppose you were the superintendent of a large urban school system. Or the commanding general of the most powerful army in the world? What if you were me, with the chance to influence …

What are You Counting?
May 17, 2010 – 12:45 pm | 10 Comments
What are You Counting?

Positive psychology is a science, and scientists count and measure. In thinking about how to improve personal well-being or the well-being of a relationship or group, it helps to ask what you can count and how counting might help. Here are some areas to consider.

Change is Hard, Except When It’s Not!
April 17, 2010 – 12:00 pm | 11 Comments
Change is Hard, Except When It’s Not!

“Nobody ever changes anyway.” I suspect that many of us had at least a flicker of agreement with these words. And yet we are all changing all the time. Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey present a model that shows why people have resistance to change in their book, Immunity to Change. hey also offer ways to melt the resistance in yourself and in groups.

How do Happiness and Positivity Do What They Do?
February 17, 2010 – 2:09 pm | 17 Comments
How do Happiness and Positivity Do What They Do?

How does happiness “work?” Here are three quick stories from my own life that have given me a hint about how happiness might create good things in life.

Positive Leadership: Flying High Cover
January 17, 2010 – 8:30 pm | 7 Comments
Positive Leadership: Flying High Cover

A leader who wants to incorporate the findings of positive psychology into his or her enterprise must “fly high cover” for that process to give it time to happen. Last week, when I taught …

Why Am I Doing This? Martial Virtues (Book Review)
December 17, 2009 – 8:22 pm | 7 Comments
Why Am I Doing This?  Martial Virtues (Book Review)

Martial Virtues by Charles Hackney, PhD, is an obvious gift for anyone who practices the martial arts.  Anyone in a high-conflict profession can relate to it,lawyers, for example.  For all of us, however, the last chapter …

Positive Psychology Includes Negative Emotions
November 17, 2009 – 4:02 pm | 27 Comments
Positive Psychology Includes Negative Emotions

Detecting Icebergs
Recently, I was teaching “Detecting Icebergs”, one of the resilience skills described in The Resilience Factor.  The participants had practiced the skills themselves, and we were talking about how to teach them.  I mentioned …

The “What?” and the “Why?” of Productivity
September 17, 2009 – 4:05 pm | No Comment
The “What?” and the “Why?” of Productivity

When I speak to lawyers at continuing legal education (CLE) events, I often mention that we do not accredit topics such as resilience, optimism, energy, strengths, etc., because we want lawyers to feel better. Mandatory …

Good News for Lawyer Well-being
August 17, 2009 – 4:40 pm | No Comment
Good News for Lawyer Well-being

Chris Peterson has written that the study of positive institutions is “the acknowledged weak link of positive psychology.” Law is certainly a key institution that could use some reshaping based on positive psychology research …

Hateful Humor, Hit Counts, and Positive Politics
June 17, 2009 – 10:56 am | 4 Comments
Hateful Humor, Hit Counts, and Positive Politics

Cruised any politics related web sites recently? Seen any angry, sarcastic, personal attacks wrapped in "humor"? I suspect that for many participants, there are very real consequences. What to do? I have two suggestions, one from my political experience and one from that great political philosopher, Walt Disney.

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