Do you keep up with the news? If you’re like me, you find that your well-being takes a nosedive after a dose of the news. Nonetheless, I don’t think we should avoid it. A strong democracy requires us to be informed citizens. That’s what led me to study the question: What can we do to keep informed without a major cost to our well-being?
This is the last call for Michelle McQuaid’s outstanding course, Show Up, Shine, and Succeed since registration ends on Sunday, March 13. It’s also the announcement of a new movie for exploring what positive psychology is and what it brings to the world.
For years, the thought of joining Twitter filled me with dread. I was convinced it would upset the balance of life. My privacy would go out the window, and, worse still, I’d probably be judged, abused or ridiculed for saying the wrong thing.
I was wrong.
It turns out that Twitter is so much more than I realized. I had a pleasant surprise in store. It fuels, nay turbocharges, one of my greatest passions: learning.
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It is possible to create constructive news stories, even when horrible events occur. It’s being done in a growing number of conventional newsrooms. News can leave the audience with inspiration, hope, and solutions that were already there in the situation. As reporters, we need to look for them to see them. Here are some of the Positive Psychology tools that lead to constructive journalism.
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A few months ago I wrote about the British government’s intention to measure national well-being. This project came about because of the obvious failing of GDP (gross domestic product) to capture all the nuances of social and economic progress (and lack of it). I promised to update you on this project’s progress, and at the end of July 2011, a series of reports was issued by the Office for National Statistics.