Robert Biswas-Diener, Ph.D., is a researcher, coach, and adventurer with expertise in happiness and strengths psychology. He is author of 4 books including recently released Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success. Full bio.
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Earlier this summer, I invited nominations for Courage Prizes. Here are the winners of the three prizes.
Courage in the Face of Physical Risk
Only later did Laurie realize she had shattered her own wrist, and broken her fibula and heel during the rescue. Many people would argue that Laurie simply did what any friend would do. But consider all the options: Laurie could have stood by the cliff and panicked, she could have climbed very slowly and carefully down to the river, she could have tried to flag down a passing car for help. Instead, she put herself at physical risk to save her friend.
Courage in the Face of Social Risk
We also have two winners of 100 dollar iTunes gift cards.
In one case a woman faced an incredible amount of uncertainty, social isolation and discomfort to start a school for underprivileged children in New Orleans.
In the other instance, an English woman who made a lifetime habit of passively giving in to other people’s wishes– and sometimes abuse– finally stood up for herself.
My gratitude to everybody who submitted a story of courage.
Dangerous risk courtesy of epSos.de