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Positive Psychology Road Trip: Summer 2015
By Lisa Buksbaum  
July 17, 2015 – 11:22 am | One Comment
Growing tip

Throughout the World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association, a dazzling array of new scientific breakthroughs and research set off fireworks to rival those of the Magic Kingdom. Martin Seligman challenged his own earlier research on learned helplessness. Tal Ben-Shahar invited us to focus on the growing tip as we work on positive change. Tom Rath reminded us of often neglected qualities that help us be fully charged.

The Limits of Pursuing the Best
By Sherif Arafa  
July 14, 2015 – 10:17 am | 2 Comments
Coffee shop - Many choices

“Always pursue the best in everything!”

You have surely heard this advice from a friend or from a motivational speaker. You may have even found it logical advice that deserves observance.

Yet is it really sound advice? Is it beneficial as a persistent life style?

The Humanities and Well-Being
By Ben O'Neal  
July 9, 2015 – 10:17 am | 7 Comments
It has not always been so:  Library of Congress

Though I have searched the positive psychology literature, I have found very little about the link between the humanities and well-being. Nevertheless, research in positive psychology linking the humanities with well-being could have far-reaching results and would be a proper study of mankind.

Maternal Instincts and Humility
By Homaira Kabir  
July 7, 2015 – 9:10 am | 11 Comments
Favorite Costume

As these thoughts and images flashed through my mind, I had a sudden surge of humility. The awareness that I did not have all the answers grounded me in my own limitations. The realization that she was not asking for my solutions but simply talking out loud to find her own solution made me question my role as a parent.

Upward Spiral Seen at the Airport (An IPPA Report)
By Kathryn Britton  
July 2, 2015 – 9:20 am | 4 Comments
Walking together

On Sunday morning at the IPPA World Congress, I heard Barbara Fredrickson give a keynote address about a fundamental challenge of our time, helping people build healthy habits. She suggested that finding enjoyment in healthy behaviors can create an upward spiral. Liking leads to wanting. Wanting affects the spontaneous thoughts that pop up in peoples’ minds. Those thoughts lead to small choices that affect health. Imagine my amazement when I saw her positivity spiral in action in the airport food court just a few hours later.

Acting “As If”
By Shannon Polly  
June 25, 2015 – 5:00 am | 10 Comments
Playing dress-up

When I facilitate workshops on character strengths, I find that many people immediately focus on the bottom of their lists where their weakest strengths are. We are hardwired with a negativity bias, after all, and it is not a bad thing to want to improve. I frequently get asked, “How can I develop my strengths?” I respond, “Pretend that you have them. Act ‘as if’ you are kind, or forgiving, or curious.“

Opening Up To Goodness
By Homaira Kabir  
June 22, 2015 – 12:16 pm | 6 Comments
   Time to let them go

We all have our own little bubbles of fear resting deep within us. Our relationships with our children take us back to these bubbles. I am beginning to recognize my reactions as based on these fears and to forgive myself for being human, so I can embark on the journey to change. I am reconnecting to my own goodness and beginning to embrace the parts of me that want to love unconditionally and accept non-judgmentally.

Making Self-Help Effective
By Orin Davis  
June 19, 2015 – 11:15 am | 2 Comments
Edmund

Engage in change on your own terms: an invitation to a TEDx talk.

Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2014
By Ryan Niemiec  
June 17, 2015 – 1:59 pm | 2 Comments
Tile from Des Plaines theater

Get your Netflix queue ready. Fire up the On-Demand services of your cable TV. Because it’s time for an annual PPND tradition since 2009, the positive psychology movie awards! These awards go to films that offer some of the best portrayals of key themes in positive psychology. 2014 was a very strong year for positive psychology movies. Here are the winners:

Wonderfully Imperfect
By Lisa Buksbaum  
June 5, 2015 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Puppets

Self-compassion is a way of relating to ourselves kindly, as we truly are, flaws and all.

This article contains an invitation to the Saturday party at IPPA on June 27 to benefit programs for hospitalized children by Soaring Words.