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Making Hope Happen (Book Review)
May 17, 2013 – 7:28 am | 3 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.

(Book Review) Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
September 15, 2008 – 12:10 pm | One Comment
(Book Review) Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

Can money buy happiness? (Ch. 6). Are happier people healthier? (Ch. 3). Do happier people get paid more? (Ch. 5). Are religious/spiritual people happier? (Ch. 7). Are some people just born happier? (Ch. 9). These are all components of the concept of psychological wealth.

Savoring for your Health
May 15, 2008 – 8:29 am | 6 Comments
Savoring for your Health

I love to reminisce. When I get together with friends or family we tell the same stories again and again. Like the time we stared death in the face in Interlaken, Switzerland. We had decided …

Restoring Hope
January 15, 2008 – 7:24 am | One Comment

As I meet with individuals and couples, either in my role as a church leader or in my role as the Human Resources officer for my employer, I often find people who have lost hope. …

MAPP Magic
October 15, 2007 – 10:36 am | 9 Comments

As I talked to old friends and made new ones, Ilona Boniwell’s presentation came to mind over and over again. Ilona is a Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology from the University of East London, UN. She spoke in one of the pre-forum sessions about teaching positive psychology in a postgraduate setting. Toward the end of her presentation, she mentioned that there seemed to be a “magic to MAPP.” She said that she has noticed that the people who study positive psychology in her program seem to see their studies as a calling. She said that positive psychologists seem drawn to the field and they sense a bond with other students that holds them together. […]

The Science and Wonder of Positive Psychology
August 15, 2007 – 7:08 am | No Comment

I have been reading about the virtues as outlined in the book of virtues by Peterson and Seligman. I have been wondering how they all relate to each other and the influence one virtue exerts …

Thoughts on Performance Reviews and Positive Psychology
July 16, 2007 – 9:29 am | 11 Comments

My boss has told me that he has never seen a performance review system that he liked. While it almost seems like blasphemy to admit this, I have been uncomfortable with the way corporations evaluate performance throughout my career in Human Resources. I have written and helped implement several approaches to performance evaluation over the years. Each approach was a variation on the common theme that is most widely accepted among corporations. […]

The Miracle and the Irony of Forgiving
June 15, 2007 – 11:01 am | 9 Comments
The Miracle and the Irony of Forgiving

Several months ago a man made an appointment to meet with me regarding some of his personal struggles. When the appointed time arrived I was more than a little curious about what was on his mind and how I could help. After sharing a heart rending story of his life experiences, he summed it up by saying that the biggest burden he carried was his inability to forgive those who had hurt him. What a heavy burden it was for him to carry.

Active and Constructive Responding – With A Twist
May 15, 2007 – 1:01 am | 16 Comments
Active and Constructive Responding – With A Twist

Several years ago I was visiting with friends and we were all getting ready to go out for the evening. One of my friends came into the living room and I complimented her on how pretty she looked. Her immediate, almost unconscious response was, “You’re blind.” I was shocked.

Finding Happiness at Fifty
April 15, 2007 – 6:01 am | 7 Comments
Finding Happiness at Fifty

Yikes! I’m turning 50 in ten days.  It’s hard to believe.  Where did the time go?  What have I accomplished?  What have I contributed?  What do I want to accomplish and contribute in the next …

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