The world needs peace right now. The world needs you to increase your mindfulness. So, thank you for practicing and building your mindfulness muscle. When the alarm goes off tomorrow morning, take a slow and low cleansing breath and remember to express gratitude for another day to be alive.
How do we transcend self-interest and contribute to the greater good of our own communities? I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind and newly appointed professor of ethical leadership at the NYU Stern School of Business. I asked him for practical ways I could apply his Moral Foundations Theory with my family, my business clients, my community efforts, and as a practicing member of the positive psychology community,
On 13 April 2012, George Mason University held its third annual conference on the intersection of resilience, well-being, leadership, and strengths. This year’s theme, Living and Leading with Resilience, attracted a sold-out crowd eager to learn from researchers and practitioners such as Rick Hanson, Chris Peterson, Nansook Park, Todd Kashdan, Sarah Pressman, and Kim Cameron.
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Inception: Finding Positive Psychology in a Movie
The film, Inception, explores the phenomenon of ideas. Where do they start? How are they influenced? Can we extract ideas from each other, and when we do, to whom do they belong? Can we cause others to incept (take in) ideas by influencing them to think what we want them to think? The film shows how these powers can be used for good as well as evil.
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Take Me to Pandora, or The Positive Psychology of Avatar
I want to travel to Pandora, the fictional planet depicted in Avatar. I saw James Cameron’s newest film that has rocked box offices since its release in December on I-MAX…
Walking the Talk II: Seeing What Others See
It’s all by matter of connection. Empathetic relationships are what predict successful lives. George Vailliant has shown this in the Harvard Men’s Study of Adult Development and in his PPND…
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Walking the Talk: Individual or Collective?
One of the main principles of social psychology and positive psychology is that we are social creatures. On the other hand, I see a big discrepancy when I hear of…
I am driven to distraction. It’s just what is and what it’s always been. “No grass grows under his feet,” my mom used to say of me as a small…
Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder Greetings from summer sleep-away camp. Really. I write this tucked away in the woods in northeastern Pennsylvania – a tiny spot of heaven called Camp Happy…
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(Film Review) UP: The Power of Now for New & Old Adventures
Last week I saw (from the first row, and in 3-D) Disney Pixar’s Up , an animated film about life, adventure, and friendship. The film certainly pulled on my heart strings in a very “other-people-matter” positive-psychology way. The film also speaks to this month’s theme of fun and play. […]
Not good enough? Not smart enough? Not pretty enough?
The voices in our heads can be real buzz-kills. “I’m not whatever enough.” I should be (doing) X, I should be (doing) Y, I should be (doing) Z. Some call this voice “the gremlin” or saboteur. Whatever you call it, these voices have harmful effects. Our own, self-deprecating mind chatter can become our reality.
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From Ho Hum Holidays to a Whole Lot of Fun
I have had the good fortune of being born into a large, Italian family, for which I am utterly and completely grateful…. Communitas is a ritual-building process that inspires and revitalizes while reaffirming relationships within a community, state University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt and his colleagues. According to Anthropologist Victor Turner, building communitas is an essential step to activating a community to healthy family functioning, healthy child development, and other dimensions of well-being.
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What is the Top Action We Can Take to Improve Schools?
Why does school often feel bad for kids? As a student, I often felt I wasn’t good enough: who I was and what the world expected me to be were at odds. As a result, I felt marginalized and alone at school. I felt voiceless.
And then I became a teacher. Finally! On the other side of the desk. But there, much to my chagrin, I saw many students—and teachers and parents with similar plights: sad, alone, and depressed—rat-racing, getting by—not enough.
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“Bee-ing the Change” with Intention and Love
When we change ourselves, it is important that we invite those in our spheres of influence into the new possibility we have created for ourselves. This invitation comes with energetic and joyful dialogue with others about our visions, hopes, needs, values, and desires.
While all people possess the ability to have hope, variability – like different grades of fuel – exists from person to person. The good news is that hope is malleable, which is to suggest we can bring people to more premium grades of hope.
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A Creative Challenge for an Abundant Season
Let’s make this December a creative challenge: an opportunity to invent new rituals for being with family and friends. In the throes of this recession, many of us are…
Attenti Alla Suocera! Language & Reality Through Social Construction
We form habits of thought around stories, and each time we retell them the old way, we reinforce the habit. The ruts get deeper and harder to get out of.…
“Who doesn’t need a coach?” is the question I am left pondering after attending this weekend’s sold-out conference presented by Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, its largest psychiatric affiliate…
Lou·is [loo-is] A·lloro [uh-lohr-o], M.Ed., MAPP is a change-agent working with individuals and networks in systems to enable positive evolution. He is one of the first 100 people in the…