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Invitation to Participate in an Online Happiness Study – Study Full
By Acacia Parks  
February 26, 2014 – 10:54 pm | 4 Comments

Interested in contributing to a study on happiness? A team of researchers from Hiram College is currently recruiting participants for a study evaluating two online happiness programs.

International Happiness Day on March 20: Sign Up for a Free Online Mini-Conference
By Kathryn Britton  
February 24, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

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.

Certificate in Applied Pos Psych Program Launched
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
February 22, 2014 – 3:52 pm | 4 Comments
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The Flourishing Center, in partnership with the New York Open Center, is granting a Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) through a 6-month program that has been approved by the New York Board of Education. The program covers all the topics that make positive psychology so fascinating, including gratitude, resilience, positive emotions, mindset, flow, strengths, and self-regulation. It also covers topics that are becoming mainstream in positive psychology, such as mindfulness, altruism, spirituality, neuroscience, and physical vitality.

Are Humility and Self-esteem like Oil and Water?
By Dafne Cataluña  
February 18, 2014 – 12:26 pm | 3 Comments
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What is humility? Are those high in humility low in self-esteem? How can we moderate humility when it is overused and enhance it when it is underused?

5 Minutes to Feeling More Loved, Valued, Peaceful, and Connected
By Christine Duvivier  
February 14, 2014 – 9:35 am | 4 Comments
Photo of Birds Taking Off

When they want to feel more loved, valued, respected or connected, most people give away their power. They ask (or want) others to be different, which means someone else’s behavior determines how happy they will be.
What do happier people do?

Joining Strengths and Mindfulness (Book Review)
By Kathryn Britton  
February 11, 2014 – 9:14 am | No Comment

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.

Scaling Up Excellence (Book Review)
By Lisa Sansom  
February 6, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

What is the purpose of this book? It is about how to scale up excellence. Essentially, this isn’t about scaling up in a strictly economic sense, but rather in a psychological sense. How do we take something that’s really good, and share it to make a larger something that’s truly excellent?

Other Lenses on Strengths
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
February 4, 2014 – 9:41 am | No Comment
New Lenses on Experience

What can you do to help people understand the strengths of others? How can you help them learn how to use different strengths as lenses to see things from different points of view? Here’s one fabulous technique, adapted from Michelle C. Louis to enable people to do just that. At the same time, it strengthens relationships.

Strengths Have Many Faces
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
January 31, 2014 – 3:19 pm | 12 Comments

Earlier this month I got together with several of my colleagues to share ideas about using the VIA Character Strengths at work. We shared stories about seeing the same strength displayed in different ways in different people. Take Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Here are three stories about this strength manifesting in different ways in different lives.

Still Accepted But Blatantly Outdated
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
January 29, 2014 – 9:33 am | No Comment
   Let's stop taking huge portions

The desire to fit in is a powerful shaper of behavior. In some cases, social pressures serve us well. In other cases, social pressures are lagging behind their times. Here’s how to use social pressure to extinguish four unhealthy social norms.