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Michael Jordan’s Performance Review (@ScottCrab)
By Scott Crabtree  
September 21, 2015 – 8:36 am | 2 Comments
Michael Jordan at Boston Garden

How would you write Michael Jordan’s performance review?

What feedback would you give Michael Jordan? What would you tell him to do?

Focusing on Strengths
By Francesco Caso  
September 10, 2015 – 5:23 am | No Comment
Positive Leader

When managers focus on the core strengths of employees and give them the freedom to pursue these strengths and push the limits, employees are more successful in their work and feel valued and effective. Such employees tend to feel that they belong in their companies and therefore tend to stay longer. Positive minded managers can have a powerful impact on their teams.

Slowing Down in an Age of Speed
By Homaira Kabir  
September 7, 2015 – 3:17 pm | 5 Comments
Hush of dawn

Infatuation with speed is a characteristic of our times. We live in the fastest phase of human history. That can lead to what Larry Dossey in 1982 termed time-sickness, as we become fearful of missing out. The ability to stay with the discomfort of life’s paradoxes and our own ignorance and to remain patient and still while questions and answers grow in never-ending cycles, requires a certain mental toughness that seems to be on its way out in a world in a hurry.

Five Ways to Measure Happiness
By Laura Musikanski  
August 26, 2015 – 2:53 pm | 3 Comments
GNH domains

If someone told you that the question about whether happiness could be measured was settled and the issue at hand is how to use happiness data, would you believe it? Most would say no, but a growing number of psychologists, economists, community activists, and policy makers are proving that happiness is quantifiable and that the data is useful.

Rising Strong (Book Review)
By Steve Safigan  
August 25, 2015 – 2:25 pm | 2 Comments

We all strive to be brave. If we are brave enough for long enough, we will sometimes fail. How do we cultivate the resilience to get back up and be brave again?

When Negative Emotions are Positive
By Hein Zegers  
August 24, 2015 – 10:21 am | 6 Comments
Simultaneously happy and sad?

Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are different movements within psychology. Yet they also have quite a lot in common. Contact between both has been scarce until now. In July 2015, captains of both ships met for the very first time: Barbara ‘Positivity’ Fredrickson and Steven ‘ACT’ Hayes. Here is an exclusive report of this historic meeting in Berlin, Germany.

Character Strengths Matter (Book Review)
By David J. Pollay  
August 21, 2015 – 10:59 am | 7 Comments

What do seventeen of the top Positive Psychology leaders in the world have in common? They all enthusiastically endorse Character Strengths Matter. It’s that good, and it’s that important. Now I want to add my own endorsement.

Go beyond SMART to SMARTEST Goals (@ScottCrab)
By Scott Crabtree  
August 20, 2015 – 10:40 am | One Comment
Climbing Mount Fuji

The science of setting and reaching goals tells us that the best goals go beyond SMART. I’m using the acronym SMARTEST goals to add more of what science says helps us reach our goals.

Lessons in the Streets
By Homaira Kabir  
August 18, 2015 – 9:56 am | 12 Comments
Studying in an open field

Perhaps it is adversity itself, and the strengths that it builds. For adversity humbles us and reminds us of our limits and our rightful place in the universe. Adversity makes us grateful by preserving small anticipations and accepting the good we find without questioning it. Adversity gives us faith to rise above despair and in so doing, answer the call of the soul. The poor may not have the material riches we possess, but I can’t help wondering who is really the richer or poorer amongst us.

Growing through Adversity
By Alicia Assad  
August 3, 2015 – 10:57 am | 9 Comments
Both boys needing me at once

Two years ago, my two-year-old son suffered a severe scald burn covering 16 percent of his body. My unborn baby had a birth defect needing attention. In the year-and-a-half that followed, I saw my boys through four surgeries. I went through two surgeries myself after a complicated second trimester pregnancy loss. Seven particular tools from positive psychology helped me come through some very difficullt times. I believe I have experienced posttraumatic growth following these adversities, and Roepke and Seligman’s recent article helps me see why.