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.
Barbara Fredrickson opened the first full day of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference with the question, “Why is it important to prioritize positivity?” Then she proceeded to answer her question, extending the messages she has conveyed in past conferences with some very pragmatic reflections on putting research findings into daily practice.
In the first of a series of articles about the keynote addresses at the June Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference, find out about Dr. Lea Waters, who decided to work on introducing positive psychology into an institution with a very broad reach: the family.
Celebrating the birthday of the 3rd book in the PPND series and announcing the new page of consolidated references.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!