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Letting Go when You Desperately Want to Hold On
By Homaira Kabir  
October 7, 2014 – 5:36 am | 5 Comments
Hatchlings

My first-born has left the nest. Like the mother bird that nurtured and tended, I watch her fly away with pride and just a little trepidation. What strengths can I draw on to deal with my heart filled with longing?

The Upside of Your Dark Side (Book Review)
By Lisa Sansom  
October 2, 2014 – 4:52 pm | 5 Comments
 

The Upside of Your Dark Side feels like a mass media expansion of this basic hypothesis, that “life worth living” isn’t about gaining happiness any more than it is about avoiding misery. The true good life is a life of your whole self. That’s how we grow and that’s how we develop, not just in bits and pieces, but in wholeness.

Fishing Your Way to Happiness
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
September 30, 2014 – 9:56 am | 3 Comments
Fishing on the Bosphorus

You can easily see how a pastime like fishing can become much more than a way to relax and unwind at the end of a busy week. Sitting on the riverbank with a rod and box of bait for days at a time will eventually lead you to become fairly knowledgeable about fish and fishing, but it’s only by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into new realms that you’ll develop deep expertise.

Comfortable in Your Own Skin (Part 2): Three Avenues to Authenticity
By Jan Stanley  
September 26, 2014 – 8:17 am | 2 Comments
Deathbed thoughts

Living authentically comes naturally to those with the signature strength of Integrity, Honesty, and Authenticity. For others, more thought and action may be required to ramp up authenticity levels. Here are three evidence-driven approaches to consider, along with three ways authenticity benefit us in addition to increasing well-being.

Comfortable in Your Own Skin (Part 1): Authenticity and Well-Being
By Jan Stanley  
September 25, 2014 – 10:02 am | No Comment
My taupe sweater

When temperatures drop with the coming of autumn, I love wrapping up in my most comfortably warm wool sweaters. A favorite is my fine gauge taupe cardigan with the gold buttons. It looks, smells and feels like genuine wool down to its smallest visible fibers. What can we say about ourselves that is true in every fiber of our being?

Positive Psychology Researcher List: Invitation to Use and Contribute
By Seph Fontane Pennock and Lisa Sansom  
September 22, 2014 – 4:42 pm | 2 Comments
Mastering social media

Have you ever wished you had a list of researchers in all corners of the positive psychology field with links to their websites where you could find papers and descriptions of research topics?

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.