Positive Psychology News is authored by alumni or students at the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programs and by invited guest authors.
Positive Psychology News Daily provides the latest news about happiness, the science of happiness, and positive psychology. Our goal is to be your fun, collaborative place for a research-based daily boost of happiness.
What is Positive Psychology
Positive psychology is the study of what makes life worth living. Many research methods are used to check hypotheses about well-being, including cross-sectional studies, longitudinal studies, and qualitative studies.
In recognition that positive psychology is evidence-based, we include at least one reference to research with every article. There is plenty of opinion and story here, but there is also a research foundation.
What is MAPP?
There are many worldwide Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programs where students learn about well-being and the underlying research. The original launched by Martin Seligman (MAPP at the University of Pennsylvania) has been running since 2005 and has produced nearly 700 graduates. For information about about these graduates, check out the Penn MAPP Alumni Directory. Many articles on this site were written by Penn MAPP graduates and from the (MAPP program at the University of East London).
Content on PPND
This is an edited site, and as such the articles as well as the comments may be edited. Here is our editorial policy for articles.
This site is copyrighted Positive Psychology News, LLC. Our policy is that others should feel free to reprint articles on their websites as long as they follow the attribution requirements documented in our reprint policy.
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The author of a book review for this site often received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. However, the author was not obliged to write a positive recommendation unless he or she felt the book deserved it.
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Where should I start?
Unlike many news sites, most of our article remain useful and fresh over time. For example, many articles posted in our first year, 2007, are still useful for building resilience, enhancing character strengths, and finding more joy in life. We have accumulated more than 1500 articles addressing these and many other topics related to well-being.
Here are some places you can look on our site for resources that might fit your needs.
- Image Maps – Visual mindmap-like images that link into articles about particular topics.
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- Links – Where else can I find more info on Positive Psychology? What books have been reviewed on the site?
- Conferences – What conferences have covered happiness, well-being, workplace health, strengths, and other topics included in positive psychology? For which ones can I find participant reports on this site?
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Here are people who have been contributing editors to PositivePsychologyNews, including the editors of our now inactive foreign language sites.
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