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Kathryn Britton is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning. She teaches positive workplace concepts at the University of Maryland and blogs irregularly at Positive Psychology Reflections.

Card Game Stimulates Workplace Discussions (Review, Sponsored Link, and Discount)
March 16, 2016 – 11:29 am | 3 Comments

Today is the day that one of our authors, Scott Crabtree, announces the release of his new card game, Choose Happiness@Work, aimed to stimulate group exploration about ways to become happier at work.

Managing a Procrastination Hierarchy
November 23, 2015 – 6:17 am | 19 Comments
Tasks linked in a pyramid

As I ponder the ways I’ve managed my own procrastination, I keep remembering something I observed in college: I have a procrastination hierarchy, and I can manipulate it to make myself get moving on a particular task.

Upward Spiral Seen at the Airport (An IPPA Report)
July 2, 2015 – 9:20 am | 4 Comments
Walking together

On Sunday morning at the IPPA World Congress, I heard Barbara Fredrickson give a keynote address about a fundamental challenge of our time, helping people build healthy habits. She suggested that finding enjoyment in healthy behaviors can create an upward spiral. Liking leads to wanting. Wanting affects the spontaneous thoughts that pop up in peoples’ minds. Those thoughts lead to small choices that affect health. Imagine my amazement when I saw her positivity spiral in action in the airport food court just a few hours later.

Handbook of Positive Supervision (Book Review)
April 6, 2015 – 10:20 am | 4 Comments

I first encountered Fredrike Bannink when she was leading a conference. workshop on techniques for positive supervision. I was impressed by her gentleness, her realism, her practicality, and her humor. She had seen and handled all the problems that people raised. I thought, “I would love to learn from this woman. She knows how to stimulate outstanding performance.”

Now I have the chance with this wonderful resource.

Well-being and Materialism on a Seesaw (#CPPA2014)
September 9, 2014 – 9:52 am | 2 Comments

Tim Kasser made the point that materialism and well-being tend to be related to each other like two riders on a seesaw. When one goes up, the other goes down. This has implications for both individuals and society.

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact (Book Review)
July 30, 2014 – 1:08 am | 2 Comments

I highly recommend this book as a source of ideas for enhancing your leadership skills, whether you lead yourself or thousands of people. The many stories of positive outcomes will help you see that you can make a difference by making small changes. Want ideas for your small change? There are more than 70 strategies and practices clearly labeled throughout the book.

“I can’t do it.” “Yet.”
June 18, 2014 – 11:13 am | 11 Comments
Next on a trike

“Yet!” is a one-word positive intervention. Let’s say you’ve tried something and the results are disappointing. When you say, “I can’t do it!” good friends will chime in “Yet!” to remind you that skills are not fixed and inborn. They grow with practice and effort. So what if you can’t do it yet!

Senia Maymin on PPND TV
May 23, 2014 – 7:44 am | 5 Comments

Welcome to the second episode of PPND TV. This is a companion to theinterview of Kathryn Britton that appeared earlier this month. The PPND TV interview series is an experiment inspired by TED talks. We want to bring our readers the crux of positive psychology in brief video interviews of researchers and practitioners.

Today’s guest is Senia Maymin, editor of PPND, coach, and author.

Thriving Together
April 23, 2014 – 7:45 am | No Comment
Logo for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

On April 11, 2014, MasonLeads and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being presented their 5th annual Leading to Well-Being Conference. The theme this year was Thriving Together.

In order to give you a taste …

Think of It as an Experiment
April 3, 2014 – 1:18 pm | 8 Comments
Work-life Design Grid

Thinking of change efforts as experiments means that even if they don’t work, they are sources of greater self-understanding that can lead to other experiments that do work. Instead of leading to guilt that undermines the will to change, experimenting leads to new ingenuity.

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