The fourth annual Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference presented by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School will be held on October 21 and 22, 2011 in Boston at The…
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“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein I have been thinking about writing a year-end article for PositivePsychologyNews.com about my…
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Why Riches are not Equivalent to Happiness
To further elaborate on why the riches are not equivalent to happiness, I adopt the approach used by Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, of looking at happiness as moment-to-moment experience instead of general well-being or flourishing. When we break down happiness into moment-to-moment experience, riches do not necessarily make people happier. Why not?
Many of us realize the importance of a healthy diet and have started having 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. There is profound evidence about its benefits to…
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Positivity of Sadness
The emphasis of positive psychology on building the best things in life and making people’s lives fulfilling does not imply that we should ignore problems or dismiss the negative emotions…
We need to promote ourselves to advance in our careers. We need to promote ourselves to remain employed during the financial turmoil. Introverts often get passed over mistakenly. Nancy Ancowitz…
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The Three Degrees of Influence and Happiness
“People who post smiley photos on Facebook/Frowners attract happy friends.” (Nature, 2008) Social Networks and Happiness Would you be surprised to read the above finding from Nature, one of the…
Friends are approaching me with great interest in my preview article on the coaching conference and asking what’s so special about employing positive psychology in coaching. That triggers me to…
Coaching is the process of change that mobilizes strengths to realize the potential of individuals as well as organizations. To learn more about helping people change, develop, and meet personal…
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Well-Being at the Population Level: Building a Flourishing World
In both his opening and closing addresses at the 1st World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association (WCPP), Dr. Martin Seligman challenged the community to meet an ambitious goal:…
Overcome Stress and Challenge: 7 Mechanisms of Resilience for High Productivity
Based on various research and studies, I summarize here the various research and studies into a 7-mechanism model of resilience that offers a comprehensive picture of a state of resilience that leads to optimal performance with manageable stress.
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Three Lessons for Creating Flourishing: Highlights of the 2nd Applied Positive Psychology Conference
The 2nd Applied Positive Psychology Conference recently held at the University of Warwick held three lessons that inspired me from three different perspectives – individual, organizational, and community.
If you want to learn more about the applications of positive psychology in work, education and the wider community, the 2nd Applied Positive Psychology Conference will be the event for you. Hosted by the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) at the University of Warwick from 1-3 April 2009, delegates from all over the world will come together to share experiences, explore new research and applications, and build connections.
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Positive Organizational Behaviour and Better Work Performance
There has been a widespread discussion on whether or not positive psychology is effective from a business perspective. There are strong links between positive psychology and organizational performance, many captured in work in the field of Positive Organizational Behavior (POB). Here I summarize a longer, recently published paper.
What exactly grants love the magic? Elijah Mickel and Cecilia Hall recently wrote about the five presents of perfect love. I would like to share this food for thought with you in February – the month of LOVE – when St. Valentine’s Day in the West and Yuanxiao Jie (???) in the East occur in the same month.
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Leaders’ Emotional & Social Intelligence: The Lazarus Drug in Crisis?
At the end of 2008, Daniel Goleman published another paper with Richard Boyatzis about Social Intelligence (SI) and Leadership. They define social intelligence as ‘a set of interpersonal competencies built on specific neural circuits (and related endocrine systems) that inspire others to be effective.’ SI may rock the fields leadership and management, just as Emotional Intelligence did 10 years ago.
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An Honest Method for Growing Virtues
As a leading writer and printer, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat, Ben Franklin attributed his success and happiness to only one thing – developing virtues. Especially so in tough times.
Why did Franklin care about habits and virtues?
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Happiness & Its Causes UK Review: Traveling to Happiness
The 2nd Conference on Happiness & Its Causes was held in London in October 2008. The conference aimed to probe into the underlying causes of happiness and well-being for individuals, workplaces, and communities as a whole. The conference motto was Tools & Techniques for a Happier Life.
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Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence: The 2008 Olympic Games
Four billion people watched the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, significantly more than watched any other recent TV program. Perhaps the Olympic Games have an inexplicable magic such that even people like my mother who do not follow sports closely are unable to take their eyes off the TV broadcast. Why do we so strongly appreciate the Olympic Games? I propose three sources for our appreciation of the beauty of the Olympic Games.
One of the most impressive scenes of the Olympic Games may have been when U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps shed tears on the medal podium when his sight met his mother’s on the spectator stand after achieving his unparalleled goal of winning 8 gold medals in the Olympic Games.