Motivation makes a tremendous difference to performance and satisfaction. We want to be more motivated to do the things we know we ought to do, like exercise. We want our…
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Wake Up and Notice: From Balance to Well-Being
Nearly all of us have had the sudden awareness that while we have been driving along, sometimes for many miles, we have not been paying attention. How did I get…
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Authentic Leadership – Authenticity Matters
Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness. Shakti Gawain The word “authentic” emerges as…
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“Dara” To Be Great: Gold Medals, Grit & Goals
Last Sunday night, seven women gathered around my television set as a shapely, but taut, body of a drop-dead gorgeous woman filled the screen. “How can she wear that thing and look so good?” one exclaimed. “Black makes you look thinner, but this is ridiculous. She looks half her age, and even acts half her age!” another said.
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Top Ten Stimuli to Exercise Your Body
Usually, the difficulty resides not in understanding why we should exercise, but in finding and maintaining the motivation to get it done. If you need extra help committing to an exercise routine, here are my top 10 recommendations, based on positive psychology research, to help you overcome the challenge.
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Sort Your Life into Place! The Strengths Card Sort
Perhaps you are a coach working with corporate or individual clients, perhaps you are a manager working with a team of employees, or perhaps you are a parent of a teenager. In every role, you will likely find the Strengths Cart Sort a practical tool to help others understand, own, and apply their strengths.
Last week, I had the extraordinary privilege of hearing J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter mega-series, deliver an electrifying commencement speech at Harvard University to a sold-out, standing room only audience of young and adult alike. Although I knew she’d be entertaining, I had no idea how profound Rowling’s talk would be, nor how tightly entwined her speech would be with the themes and message of Positive Psychology.
News by Positive Psychologists First of all, news by positive psychologists: Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, wrote an article about his work at Geelong Grammar School for…
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Where Has Our Birthday Wish Gone? From Wishes and Goals to the Journey of a Flourishing Life
A birthday is a special day for many of us. We all make wishes on our birthdays. It has been said that fewer than 15 per cent of birthday wishes are realized: most are broken within two weeks. We may start wondering why our birthday wishes would make us so miserable. Aren’t they supposed to make us hopeful and anticipative of our future?
Earlier this month I attended a women’s leadership conference sponsored by The George Washington University (GWU) in DC. I didn’t go to the conference with the intention of writing a…
They weren’t PhD’s. They didn’t have millions in NIH grants, or access to well-oiled research and development labs. In fact, neither Augusto nor Michaela Odone had even a basic background…
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Wrestling For Your Life
Don’t ever let anyone tell you a dream is unreachable. Persistence, stubbornness, passion and heart will fill in the gaps where you need a boost, and you’ll never know how many people you will touch with your spirit, changing their lives as well. Dustin Carter is changing the world, one wrestling match at a time.
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Locating Hope in “Hopeless” Circumstances
I have always been drawn to the quote by Friedrich Nietzsche that “Freedom is to struggle with no hope for reward.” There a great deal of courage in that line.…
The Sydney Opera House – Positive Psychology in Organizations – Stretch Goals
The design for the opera house was the result of a world-wide competition in 1955-56. Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect submitted the winning design, but it did not meet the criteria of the competition and had drawings described as “simple to the point of being diagrammatic.” One widely reported story about the selection process relates that Utzon’s design was discarded in the initial pass and only reconsidered when a late-arriving judge demanded to see the discarded entries, recognized its genius, and brought it back into consideration.
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My Favorite Things: A Variation on Oprah’s List for Positive Psychologists
“Raindrops on roses and Whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and Warm woolen mittens” Julie Andrews sang about them. Oprah has them. And so I now want to do a…
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Peace is a Character Strength
“Peace is more precious than diamonds, silver, or gold.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This month I thought that I would visit a topic that is near and dear to…
Florida State University researcher K. Anders Ericsson is best known for his work as the expert on expertise, studying top performers in fields as diverse as medicine, athletics, chess and…
I love peanuts. I like them salted or unsalted. I like them sweet or savory. You can put them in my dinner or in my dessert. I never met a…
As I meet with individuals and couples, either in my role as a church leader or in my role as the Human Resources officer for my employer, I often find…
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Psychological Capital — PsyCap
Psychological Capital introduces both a significant stream of research and an important framework for the application of positive psychology to organizations.