Parenting & Schools
Happiness Exercises
The Tyranny of Perfection
By Homaira Kabir  
January 7, 2015 – 11:22 am | 3 Comments
Learning to crawl

No baby learned to walk by receiving a beating for its tumbles or taunts about the perfect stride. I have also learned that the best version of me is not one that is perfect, but one that is human, hopeful, fallible, energetic, and emotional.

The Ride of Your Life (Book Review)
By Lisa Sansom  
January 5, 2015 – 9:08 am | No Comment
Motels and truck stops...

Ran enlists the help of several luminaries along the way, including Barbara Fredrickson, Sonja Lyubomirsky and Philip Zimbardo, to help him to understand the science of his experiment. Ran also learns from the individuals he meets at truck stops, gas stations, and motels and realizes that the “ride of your life” can take place even if you never leave your hometown.

Looking Ahead at 2015
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
January 2, 2015 – 4:31 pm | One Comment
Celebrating New Years

Twenty-one authors offer suggestions for living a full and meaningful 2015.

Make the Most of Twixtmas
By Miriam Akhtar  
December 31, 2014 – 2:33 pm | One Comment
Light the fire

The period between Christmas and New Year is for many a pot of unstructured time that can lapse into a wasteland of mindless eating and slumping in front of the TV. The days are short and energy levels are low. But this time is perfect for reflecting on the year that’s gone and planning the year ahead. Take a life audit of 2014 as a basis to plan for 2015.

Three More Ways to Build the Teamwork Strength
By Shannon Polly  
December 30, 2014 – 12:33 pm | No Comment
Hive member - foraging bee

Yesterday, I set the stage with reflections on the teamwork character strength and then explored one way to build this strength. Today I’ll follow up with three more approaches. All of these approaches involve forgetting self-interest and thinking about the group as a whole. Put on your director hat, take that 30,000-foot view, and see what happens. The show doesn’t go on unless everyone pitches in.

Teamwork Levels the Status Playing Field
By Shannon Polly  
December 29, 2014 – 9:34 am | One Comment
Teamwork in the hive

If you’ve ever been in an artistic production you know that there can be many egos involved. But you also know that the best experiences for both actor and audience occur when people set status aside and do what must be done for the good of the production. Teamwork abounds, with all participants able to see the big picture as well as their places in it.

Designing Happiness for 2015
By Bridget Grenville-Cleave  
December 26, 2014 – 4:23 pm | 6 Comments

From Paul Dolan’s talk about his new book, Happiness by Design, I gained 3 important insights to shape my thinking about happiness in the new year.

Looking for Some Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas?
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
December 19, 2014 – 12:09 pm | 5 Comments
Christmas morning

The holiday gift giving scene is upon us. Perhaps some of the suggestions here will give fresh ideas about giving gifts that show love and build well-being.

Sisu: Beyond Perseverance
By Marta Velázquez  
December 15, 2014 – 8:58 pm | 3 Comments
Facing the challenge

Sisu is a 500-year old Finnish construct, which appeals to the spirit and strength that enable people to persevere through difficulties despite feeling they have reached the end of their physical or mental capacities.

Work Hard, Be Nice
By James O'Shaughnessy and Emily Larson  
December 10, 2014 – 8:17 am | 8 Comments
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This article tries to answer some of the most burning questions about positive education with the strongest evidence currently available to support our proposition. These are the questions we tend to experience when discussing positive education with an interested but skeptical audience.