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The Science of Happiness – Tal Ben-Shahar
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
August 6, 2014 – 9:32 am | One Comment
tal ben shahar

On July 31, I joined around 500 other people in London to hear a talk on The Science of Happiness by Dr Tal Ben-Shahar. Anyone who can engage undergraduates on the scale that he did at Harvard must have something very special to offer. He focused on three themes: paying attention, asking the right questions, and appreciation.

Countering Shame with Playfulness
By Diana Boufford  
August 3, 2014 – 2:33 pm | 2 Comments
Diana and her mother

I shared this particular story in Dr. Rashad’s workshop of Positive Psychotherapy, and he pointed out that I was able to employ the character strength of playfulness to address an ongoing and challenging problem with my mother.

Positive Psychology Road Trip: Summer 2014
By Lisa Buksbaum  
August 1, 2014 – 11:14 am | 3 Comments
Amsterdam sunset

I was thrilled to speak at two back-to-back Positive Psychology conferences this summer. I came away from the two experiences with my brain filled with new resources to integrate into my work and dozens of new connections. I am so grateful to be part of a community that is at the forefront of bringing positive health and wellness to people worldwide.

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact (Book Review)
By Kathryn Britton  
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.

Other People Do Matter: ECPP2014
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
July 27, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Tiny tasks

The 7th ECPP in Amsterdam from 1st-4th July was a fabulous opportunity to get up-to-date with the latest positive psychology research and practice. I was struck by how often the conference returned to the theme of connection and, in the widest-possible sense, well-being from a community perspective.

Lisa Sansom on PPND TV (and #cppa2014)
By Senia Maymin  
July 17, 2014 – 4:26 pm | 10 Comments
Lisa Sansom on PPND TV (and #cppa2014)

Today on PPND TV, we bring you the crux of positive psychology in brief video interviews of researchers and practitioners. Today’s guest is Lisa Sansom. Lisa speaks on the positive psychology research finding that has most changed her life, strengths constellations, “individualization,” and on catching people doing things right.

The interviewer is Senia Maymin.

Praise for the Morning
By Fiona Parashar  
July 14, 2014 – 8:52 am | 4 Comments
Lark

I’ve always loved the early mornings, although it hasn’t always made me popular with family and friends. So I was intrigued recently to find that getting up with the lark has proven scientific benefits, not just the emotional ones I enjoy. Here are five advantages to being an early bird that might entice you to try it.

Confident Rejection: Handling Fear of Failure
By Genevieve Douglass  
July 11, 2014 – 9:59 am | 14 Comments
The Basket of Evidence

Earlier I described my growing awareness of fear of failure, how it became a familiar part of myself at home in my psyche. So, how do I deal with this unhelpful little shadow, my fear of being valueless?

Confident Rejection: A First-hand Look at Fear of Failure
By Genevieve Douglass  
July 9, 2014 – 12:59 pm | 9 Comments
From its clenched fists

How do I deal with this unhelpful little shadow, the fear of being valueless, and rebuild my identity? Seeing what it’s been up to and how it manifests is undoubtedly the first step. Stepping back and looking at it seems to take away much of its power.

Making the Right Choices
By Seph Fontane Pennock  
July 7, 2014 – 9:46 pm | 5 Comments
Making the Right Choices

Today’s Western society is characterized by an abundance of choices, from supermarket products to online education to career choices. At first sight, these opportunities may seem very positive, but at the same time they pose a serious challenge: How to make the right choice? If the number of choices increases, so does the possibility of making the wrong choice. What insights from positive psychology can help us increase the chance of making the right choices?