By Paul Lee January 8, 2014 – 12:11 pm | 3 Comments
Have you read the challenge published last summer by Brown, Sokal, and Friedman to the Fredrickson and Losada work on positivity tipping points? How about Barbara Fredrickson’s response? Paul Lee read both and sent this letter with his thoughts. We are publishing Paul’s letter is to acknowledge both the challenge and the response. We also want to celebrate science as an evolving discipline where it is important both to generate ideas and to challenge them.
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton January 2, 2014 – 1:52 pm | One Comment
This is another PPND tradition: to collect suggestions from authors about ways to start the New Year. Our authors have written about building habits, starting rituals, starting small and building on, goals, satisficing, moving to action quickly, and other approaches to making year-round healthy changes stick.
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave December 27, 2013 – 2:40 pm | 7 Comments
The main message of this book is that it doesn’t work to focus only on the cognitive aspects of psychological well-being if you want to increase human flourishing. There are many processes involving the physical body that contribute to psychological well-being. If you have a serious interest in positive psychology and mental health, then reading Positive Psychology and the Body is a must.
By Orin Davis December 20, 2013 – 2:42 pm | 3 Comments
Ungifted is an amusement park for the mind, and an intellectual pursuit that will both enlighten and inspire. If you want to be an educator at any level, this is a book you need to read. If you aim to recruit the best human capital you can find, Kaufman has some tips. If you need some parenting advice, it’s in there. If you are seeking new ideas on how to do and be your best, get a copy.
By Amanda Horne December 18, 2013 – 5:20 pm | 4 Comments
Many people dread strategic planning sessions. But with a different mindset and framework, strategic planning can be energizing, interesting, and engaging. It could even be joyful. SOAR stands for Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results. It is a strengths-based approach to strategic thinking that has many positive impacts. SOAR capacities can also be measured.
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton December 16, 2013 – 1:10 pm | 2 Comments
We’ve had a tradition for several years now of presenting ideas for gifts for the holiday season. We’re a little late this year, but many of our gift ideas don’t require anything more than a card or piece of paper to make a promise. Besides, gift ideas are useful around the year for birthdays and other celebrations.
By Marie-Josee Shaar and Barclay Schraff December 11, 2013 – 7:42 am | No Comment
Since the holiday season is upon us, you can bet that New Year’s Resolutions aren’t far off. Yet only 8% of us consistently achieve our goals for the New Year. That’s not very encouraging, but it’s also no surprise, considering that most of us will just pick a resolution and hope to achieve it without much planning. But to reverse-paraphrase Einstein, if we go about it differently this year, we can get different results. Here are 4 ideas for effectively working toward health goals.
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave December 8, 2013 – 8:25 am | 8 Comments
December 5, 2013 will be remembered for news of the death of the first black president of South Africa, anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela. I’m not normally drawn to writing about political leaders. But Mandela was different in every respect. His life was a life well-lived.
By Alex Sternick December 4, 2013 – 11:55 am | 2 Comments
Can practicing gibberish exercises, over and over again help us accept real life as it is by helping us play with nonsensical events instead of being victimized by them? Can it help us be better prepared for future surprises that can shock us? Can practicing nonsense help us to find our own meaning and purpose in life?
By Aren Cohen November 25, 2013 – 2:01 pm | One Comment
In the second article in her series on comfort, Aren Cohen considers the expression “creature comforts.” A phrase originally intended to highlight the material possessions and luxuries that provide us with comfort, Aren explores how it works the other way around. Comfort can make us fully realized beings. Comfort can make us happy and brave creatures.
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