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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.

Are There Items on Today’s To-Do List that Bring You Joy? (#CPPA2016)
July 11, 2016 – 8:32 am | 4 Comments
To do list including play!

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.

Strengths-based Parenting (#CPPA2016)
June 30, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment
Lea Waters headshot

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.

Character Strengths Matter is one year old today
June 7, 2016 – 2:22 pm | 3 Comments
 

Celebrating the birthday of the 3rd book in the PPND series and announcing the new page of consolidated references.

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

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
Seesaw

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 | 3 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!

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