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Health Habits Work Better Together: Evidence from the Transtheoretical Model
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
September 17, 2014 – 7:37 pm | One Comment
Fruits and vegetables

We intuitively know that when we sleep poorly, we are drawn to snacking and overeating. We also know that nothing gets rid of a crappy mood faster than a good sweat and that lower stress levels contribute to a better night’s sleep. So why are so many programs treating sleep, food, mood, and exercise as if they were separate topics?

Fringe Benefits of Appreciating Beauty and Excellence
By Sherri Fisher  
September 15, 2014 – 4:09 pm | 13 Comments
Thunderstorm

Some people might be scared by a thunderstorm while others might be awed. In those moments, the person with the strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is able to transcend ego and instead be moved to an awareness of the vastness and amazement that the world has to offer. Time slows down. In such moments a person may feel drawn to future opportunities for using this strength.

Positive Psychology Needs to Find a Seat at the Technology Table
By Daniel Faggella  
September 12, 2014 – 12:36 pm | 11 Comments
Child with cochlear implant

Technology isn’t simply a conduit for spreading positive psychology. It will be one force that reshapes and augments our very notions of human experience and of well-being itself. We cannot afford to be technological bystanders if we want to bring about Seligman’s aim that 51% of the human population flourishes by 2051.

Well-being and Materialism on a Seesaw (#CPPA2014)
By Kathryn Britton  
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.

Positive Strokes: A Story of Post-traumatic Growth
By Miriam Akhtar  
September 3, 2014 – 9:25 am | One Comment
Robert Wilkinson Quotation

It may be easier to advocate for positive psychology when life is on an upward slope, but for me, it has been the tough times that have truly shown me the value of the science. In July less than 24 hours after facilitating the Penn Resilience Program I got a phone call which would plunge me into a test of my own resilience.

Zest and Enthusiasm
By Paula Davis-Laack  
August 29, 2014 – 7:38 am | One Comment
Radiating zest

The character strength of zest can be an important barometer for how you’re doing at work and in life. Companies and individuals would be wise to pay more attention to it.

Being Curious about Likes and Dislikes
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
August 26, 2014 – 7:14 am | One Comment
Ironing Board Book Case

Increasing our level of curiosity by spotting the novelty in a job or task we actively dislike is a great way to make it less of a chore and open us up to new possibilities.

Positive Strength-Based Counseling and Therapy
By Laura L.C. Johnson  
August 25, 2014 – 10:00 am | 3 Comments
Growth

How do therapists identify and incorporate strengths in the therapy process? Read on to learn about five themes and associated interventions.

The World Premiere of North of Normal
By Monica Montijo  
August 21, 2014 – 12:37 am | One Comment
Travel map of 22 countries on six continents

The world premiere of North of Normal will take place on September 5 as part of the Western Positive Psychology Association Conference. Ph.D. students Monica Montijo and Angela Mouton traveled to 22 countries on six continents in order to interview people about love, passion, and peak experience. In addition to their doctoral research, they were inspired to make a documentary film to transmit their findings to a wide audience through the stories of people in diverse cultures and situations.

The Surprising Ingredient of Good Health
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
August 8, 2014 – 8:08 am | 3 Comments
Tree roots

Victor Strecher summarizes it well. “What’s the point of high energy and living a long time if we think life sucks? When we have purpose, we want to be at our best so we can better serve that purpose. Purpose is akin to the root system of a tree, grounding and feeding the whole organism so it can flourish and thrive, no matter what the exterior conditions are.”