Articles by Kathryn Britton
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
It is my great pleasure to interview Caroline Adams Miller, who spends her life helping people set and pursue the goals that lead to significant accomplishment. The first part of the interview focuses on how to set goals that drive outstanding performance. Monday I will return with her comments about how to pursue lofty goals.
Time to take another look at the IPPA Third World Congress. How wide was the coverage? Then how deep did positive psychology go when it was embodied by the Chilean miners during their long ordeal? This was one of the stories I heard when I was at the conference.
The IPPA Third Wold Congress had up to 9 parallel sessions, so everybody’s experience was different. But some events were shared by most attendees, including fresh ways to think about the future and about love.
There’s a saying that only a family will plant an oak avenue because it takes so long for it to grow, one has to be able to think of one’s grandchildren enjoying it. Prudence is taking that long view. It involves creating, assessing, and harmonizing multiple goals. It may involve making hard choices.
Dr. Paul Wong opened the second day of the 7th Biennial Meaning Conference with the statement that he had worked for 10 years to bring positive psychologists to work together with existential and humanistic psychologists in order to deepen our understanding of meaning in life.