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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.

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.

International Happiness Day on March 20: Sign Up for a Free Online Mini-Conference
February 24, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

The United Nations declared that March 20, 2014 will be the second International Day of Happiness. In honor of this event, the graduates of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at Penn are offering a free mini conference about various applications of positive psychology at work, at home, and in the community. Find out more about this free event.

Joining Strengths and Mindfulness (Book Review)
February 11, 2014 – 9:14 am | No Comment

If recent articles on ways to use character strengths whetted your appetite for information about pragmatic ways to use your knowledge of strengths to make a positive difference in the world, then you are ripe for Ryan Niemiec’s book, Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing. This book explores ways that character strengths can be used in mindfulness practices, and it demonstrates ways that mindfulness helps us enhance and appreciate character strengths.

We Are Not Here to Draw Happy Faces on Suffering
October 11, 2013 – 7:22 am | 5 Comments
Suffering exists.

What do we do when truly horrible things happen in life? Most of us can dream up a long list of disasters that could happen, and sometimes they do. What can we say to clients or friends facing major difficulties in order to help them effectively manage their moods without sounding like we are downplaying the true magnitude of their sorrow?

Pursuing Goals: An Interview with Caroline Miller, Part 2
October 6, 2013 – 1:37 pm | 7 Comments
Reaching a peak

Setting goals is only the first step. Then we need to pursue them. Caroline Miller discusses ways that we can enhance our achievements with behaviors that support goal pursuit.

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