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Award-winning Research Launches Positive Neuroscience
August 24, 2010 – 2:07 pm | 4 Comments
Award-winning Research Launches Positive Neuroscience

The Positive Neuroscience Project has announced the recipients of the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards, $2.9 million given to 15 new research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology. Read on to learn about the winning projects that explore a range of topics including how the brain enables humans to flourish, the biological bases of altruism, and the effects of positive interventions on the brain.

Netflix and Mae West on Positive Interventions
July 21, 2010 – 11:35 am | 6 Comments
Netflix and Mae West on Positive Interventions

Research shows we are more likely to sustain positive change by changing actions and patterns than by improving external circumstances. But that assumes we do them. Stephen Schueller is the first researcher to develop a structure for recommending positive interventions based on a person’s preferences for prior interventions.

Is It More Fun To Be a Scientist or an Artist?
May 21, 2010 – 9:47 am | 3 Comments
Is It More Fun To Be a Scientist or an Artist?

Is It More Fun To Be a Scientist or an Artist? is the title of Professor Richard Gregory’s final publication. Professor Gregory, one of the world’s leading researchers on perception died on May 17, 2010.
Professor …

Tell Me Your Story
February 19, 2010 – 11:44 am | 10 Comments
Tell Me Your Story

The stories we tell weave moments, days, and years into a meaningful sense of life. Researchers have found that the way we tell those stories about our own lives is directly related to long-term …

The Art of Comforting
October 21, 2009 – 12:45 pm | 20 Comments
The Art of Comforting

When we chose the theme of relationships as a topic for PPND this month, I asked myself, what is true love? I would describe myself as a (covert/genuine/tentative-but-rational … Heathcliff!!) Romantic, so was a bit …

Interview: IPPA World Congress Highlights and Reflections
September 2, 2009 – 5:12 pm | No Comment
Interview: IPPA World Congress Highlights and Reflections

The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress this June was an inaugural success, attracting more than 1500 people from 52 countries, and widely covered in the press. In his opening remarks, IPPA …

This is Your Brain on Pleasure, Engagement, and Meaning
July 2, 2009 – 3:02 pm | 2 Comments
This is Your Brain on Pleasure, Engagement, and Meaning

Yesterday, the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center announced the Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards and a new research initiative aimed at understanding how the brain enables flourishing.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, …

The Dance of Stress and Solace
May 28, 2009 – 2:54 pm | 7 Comments
The Dance of Stress and Solace

Chronic stress has been linked to many health disorders, including depression, heart disease, cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. But the stress response engages a number of adaptive, complementary systems fine-tuned to find a balance between stress and solace. Take pleasure seriously, and sow it generously.

Superb Images of Love: Announcing the PPND Photo Contest Winners
May 1, 2009 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
Superb Images of Love: Announcing the PPND Photo Contest Winners

In February, PPND announced our first ever contest. We asked readers to submit a photograph that captured the meaning of love. Dave further inspired our contest by offering the top three contestants a copy of Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson! And the winners are….

The Measure of Your Powers
March 20, 2009 – 7:00 am | 16 Comments
The Measure of Your Powers

How do you want to feel in your life? In your work? Doug Newburg interviewed hundreds of world-class performers, including athletes, business leaders, artists, and surgeons, to find out what made them tick. A consistent pattern emerged from their stories.

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