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Happiness Exercises
Teamwork Levels the Status Playing Field
By Shannon Polly  
December 29, 2014 – 9:34 am | One Comment
Teamwork in the hive

If you’ve ever been in an artistic production you know that there can be many egos involved. But you also know that the best experiences for both actor and audience occur when people set status aside and do what must be done for the good of the production. Teamwork abounds, with all participants able to see the big picture as well as their places in it.

Designing Happiness for 2015
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 26, 2014 – 4:23 pm | 6 Comments

From Paul Dolan’s talk about his new book, Happiness by Design, I gained 3 important insights to shape my thinking about happiness in the new year.

Looking for Some Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas?
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
December 19, 2014 – 12:09 pm | 5 Comments
Christmas morning

The holiday gift giving scene is upon us. Perhaps some of the suggestions here will give fresh ideas about giving gifts that show love and build well-being.

Sisu: Beyond Perseverance
By Marta Velázquez  
December 15, 2014 – 8:58 pm | 3 Comments
Facing the challenge

Sisu is a 500-year old Finnish construct, which appeals to the spirit and strength that enable people to persevere through difficulties despite feeling they have reached the end of their physical or mental capacities.

Work Hard, Be Nice
By James O'Shaughnessy and Emily Larson  
December 10, 2014 – 8:17 am | 8 Comments
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This article tries to answer some of the most burning questions about positive education with the strongest evidence currently available to support our proposition. These are the questions we tend to experience when discussing positive education with an interested but skeptical audience.

Yearning for Grace
By Homaira Kabir  
December 7, 2014 – 1:50 pm | 10 Comments
Dirty Boots

This year, I have decided to build a mud-room in my mind. Yes, I can see your confusion, but hear me out and it will begin to make more sense.

Failing with Grace and Style
By Donald Officer  
December 5, 2014 – 2:56 pm | 2 Comments

Context is everything and those of us who seek to reenergize clients facing big changes need to follow the endlessly repeated advice from the Kenny Rogers song, “… know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.” Eliminate some of the gamble and read Megan McArdle’s book on failing well, along with yesterday’s book on quitting.

Mastering the Art of Quitting (Book Review)
By Donald Officer  
December 4, 2014 – 11:30 am | One Comment

In Mastering the Art of Quitting, Peg Streep and Alan Bernstein unpack systematically and skillfully what it means to quit from public myth to personal consequence. Nobody wants to be known as a quitter, yet we live in an unpredictable world where the capacity to move on with agility and minimal regret can be a huge advantage. 

On Monkeys and the Goddess: Fairness
By Sean Doyle  
December 1, 2014 – 9:59 am | 5 Comments

Approaching the world as fundamentally fair makes us sensitive to when it is not. This is good and powerful and essential for proportionality and equity in our world. It is how laws are made and changed. It is what calls us to protect the vulnerable. But if we are not attentive to the biases and wishes cast by our strengths, they can also blind us to other values that may be at stake. You might not see that there were other facts holding the scales in balance.

The Unhappy Positive Psychology Student?
By Dan Collinson  
November 25, 2014 – 8:00 pm | 6 Comments
Laughing together

Having recently completed the dissertation for my MAPP program, I can now reflect on the final few weeks before my submission. I felt pressured, had a drop in overall well-being, and struggled to get into flow. Worse still, I wasn’t great company to be around. I thought to myself, as a student and researcher of positive psychology, how could I be unhappy and not flourishing? But at least I wasn’t languishing. What kept me from dipping into languishing?