HAPPY NEW YEAR from Positive Psychology News Daily! Thank you very much for the past year. We have very much enjoyed writing articles for you. Thanks to you for continuing…
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Leveraging Strengths – Archimedes meets Aristotle Part 1
Developing strengths requires time and experience. Becoming “good” is a learned behavior. However, we must be aware that we are human and imperfect beings, and the best we can do is to strive to attain this measure of moral excellence. A person’s intention to act well is highly influenced by the strengths he or she has acquired.
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Grandma Had It Right! Positive Psychology And Common Folk Wisdom
My unscientific finding, as I continue to delve into the world of well-being and quality of life research, is that there are countless phrases that I heard from my grandmother and other wise people throughout my life that are now backed up with relevant research. Consequently, I feel much more confident about using them with others and even believing in them myself.
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It’s Not That Easy Being Green: The Treadmill of Sustainable Happiness During the Holidays and Beyond
‘Tis the season to give and get. This is the explicit message of the many advertisements that propel us into hypnotic holiday spending. Are your halls decked? Is your closet…
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Sustainability: From denial or depression to hope and personal responsibility
Our time gives us the extraordinary challenge we call sustainability: to collectively change the way we live to be in balance with the planet. It is very easy to talk about sustainability in a way that drains the energy for change out of people. So how do we talk about sustainability in ways that lead instead to hope and personal responsibility?
Great Expectations: Using Your Anticipated Emotion For Learning and For Good
Neena is hoping to be back in college soon after a rather disastrous semester has left her “withdrawn/failing.” She has never been a stellar student, not even in elementary school.…
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Happiness at Work
What can Positive Psychology say about being happy at work? Are there some people for whom happiness at work is easier? Are there actual ways to increase happiness at work? Yesterday, a few of us answered questions on a radio show with host and best-selling author, Karen Salmansohn.
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The Role of Gratitude at Work
There are many facets of work and life in general that we do not control. But we can increase our control over our own responses to them. One way to raise our overall level of well-being even in the face of trouble and stress is to practice and grow stronger at being grateful.
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Living a Balanced Life
Our lives are full of stress: we have 24 hours each day and more activities than we feel we have time for. In this age of multi-tasking and instantaneous communication…
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Positive Psychology’s Seven-Up: New Year’s Resolutions for Back to School
The calendar says that January 1 is the beginning of the New Year, but for millions of U.S. school children and their families, the real New Year begins each September.…
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Does TV Make Us Happy?
Watching television is probably the most common pastime in the world. On average Americans spend about five hours per day watching TV, while Europeans are glued to the box for over three and a half hours daily.
But not without a little guilt. Most of us realize that the good life doesn’t involve daily doses of Big Brother. Now University of Zurich researcher Bruno Frey has confirmed that sneaking suspicion: watching TV makes us less happy.
Last fall, HBO aired a documentary that had good intentions and a terrible outcome. “Thin” was created by filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, whose goal was to show the devastation of eating disorders and the price its sufferers pay in health, well-being and overall quality of life. She succeeded. And that’s the problem.
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The Happy-Well: Positive Psychology Tips for Living Well and Longer
We are bombarded by science news every day that tells us what to eat, how to exercise, and what risk factors should worry us. Should we eat chocolate? Should we…
As my experience with the masters program in positive psychology at Penn nears its conclusion, I thought it might be appropriate to spend my time this month writing about adventure.…
When we face setbacks or challenges resilience is essential – helping us think flexibly and accurately about how to deal with the situation and building our ‘psychological capital’ over time. But what of leaders and the organizations they lead? What happens when they hit a bump in the road? Many pick themselves up and recover – but it often takes longer, and is more painful than it needs to be.
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Character Strengths and Excellence in Sport
Most people involved in sport agree that proper behavior makes the sport better and that character matters. While there is a great amount of attention paid today to ideals of…
I don’t have any children – yet. The closest I have to a child right now is my dog, but as I grow nearer to the age of having children,…
The approaching Memorial Day weekend marks, for us Americans at least, the official start of the summer season. And summer just might be the season of positive psychology. Beautiful, long…
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Do Not Take the Contemplative Panic!
Skiing for the first time in my life earlier this year, I was offered by my wonderful Italian ski instructor a new positive psychology construct I want to share with…
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Physical Activity and the Good Life
The Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, launched a nationwide health promotion and disease prevention initiative called Healthy People 2010. One of the focus areas from this initiative is to increase the amount of physical activity in the largely sedentary population, in hopes of supporting physical health and reducing the staggering number of preventable deaths. For example, in the year 2000, of 2,391,399 deaths, 1,159,000 (48%) were from preventable causes. Furthermore and estimated 400,000 of those deaths were due to poor diet and physical inactivity. […]