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Praise for the Morning
By Fiona Parashar  
July 14, 2014 – 8:52 am | 4 Comments

I’ve always loved the early mornings, although it hasn’t always made me popular with family and friends. So I was intrigued recently to find that getting up with the lark has proven scientific benefits, not just the emotional ones I enjoy. Here are five advantages to being an early bird that might entice you to try it.

Confident Rejection: Handling Fear of Failure
By Genevieve Douglass  
July 11, 2014 – 9:59 am | 14 Comments
The Basket of Evidence

Earlier I described my growing awareness of fear of failure, how it became a familiar part of myself at home in my psyche. So, how do I deal with this unhelpful little shadow, my fear of being valueless?

Confident Rejection: A First-hand Look at Fear of Failure
By Genevieve Douglass  
July 9, 2014 – 12:59 pm | 9 Comments
From its clenched fists

How do I deal with this unhelpful little shadow, the fear of being valueless, and rebuild my identity? Seeing what it’s been up to and how it manifests is undoubtedly the first step. Stepping back and looking at it seems to take away much of its power.

Making the Right Choices
By Seph Fontane Pennock  
July 7, 2014 – 9:46 pm | 5 Comments
Making the Right Choices

Today’s Western society is characterized by an abundance of choices, from supermarket products to online education to career choices. At first sight, these opportunities may seem very positive, but at the same time they pose a serious challenge: How to make the right choice? If the number of choices increases, so does the possibility of making the wrong choice. What insights from positive psychology can help us increase the chance of making the right choices?

Workplace Well-Being is Not an Oxymoron
By Shannon Polly  
July 2, 2014 – 9:48 am | 3 Comments
I love my job!

New data shows that work engagement is better than usually reported. Workplace bullying needs some active attention. Wellness programs may benefit from sneak approaches, such as using smaller plates in lunch lines. The interface between work and life is smoothest when employers and employees collaborate on the solutions. These are just some of the takeaways from the stimulating Work & Well-Being 2014 conference held on May 30 in Washington, D.C..

Focus on Education: CPPA Conference Early Bird Registration About to End
By Lisa Sansom  
June 30, 2014 – 6:40 pm | No Comment
Mindfulness and Children

Still trying to decide whether to attend the Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference in a few weeks? Read these previews of applications of positive psychology in educational settings. Not able to attend? You still may want to know about the work these people are doing.

Positive Psychology & the Illusion of Free Will
By Sherif Arafa  
June 27, 2014 – 8:01 am | 6 Comments

Positive Psychology focuses on many constructs that are related to the idea of freedom. Sonja Lyubomirsky found that about 40% of the variation in happiness across a population is attributable to intentional activities rather than genetic or environmental factors. Isn’t she talking about making free decisions?

If freedom is that important, how can we reconcile Positive Psychology with studies that appear to undermine free will?

Looking for Creativity? Slow Down!
By Breon Michel  
June 25, 2014 – 10:25 am | 4 Comments
Listen to the birds

Certain work habits run deep in our culture. To name a few: Work ourselves to exhaustion, don’t take breaks, stare down a problem until a solution is reached, and multitask. Do these habits enhance efficiency or effectiveness? Do they lead to creative solutions to the problems we face?

Louisa Jewell on PPND TV
By Senia Maymin  
June 20, 2014 – 2:55 am | 2 Comments

Welcome to the fourth episode of PPND TV, an interview with Louisa Jewell. Louisa calls herself a “multi-passionate entrepreneur” who has found many innovative ways teach positive psychology to people who need the information. Like her voice? Check out her video blog or join her at the Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference this summer.

The PPND TV interview series is a way to bring our readers the crux of positive psychology in brief video interviews with researchers and practitioners.

“I can’t do it.” “Yet.”
By Kathryn Britton  
June 18, 2014 – 11:13 am | 11 Comments
Next on a trike

“Yet!” is a one-word positive intervention. Let’s say you’ve tried something and the results are disappointing. When you say, “I can’t do it!” good friends will chime in “Yet!” to remind you that skills are not fixed and inborn. They grow with practice and effort. So what if you can’t do it yet!